=head1 NAME

Coro::Mysql - let other threads run while doing mysql/mariadb requests


 use Coro::Mysql;

 my $DBH = Coro::Mysql::unblock DBI->connect (...);


(Note that in this manual, "thread" refers to real threads as implemented
by the L<Coro> module, not to the built-in windows process emulation which
unfortunately is also called "threads").

This module replaces the I/O handlers for a database connection, with the
effect that "patched" database handles no longer block all threads of a
process, but only the thread that does the request. It should work for
both L<DBD::mysql> and L<DBD::MariaDB> connections and a wide range of
mariadb/mysql client libraries.

This can be used to make parallel sql requests using Coro, or to do other
stuff while mariadb is rumbling in the background.

=head2 CAVEAT

Note that this module must be linked against exactly the same (shared,
possibly not working with all OSes) F<libmariadb>/F<libmysqlclient>
library as L<DBD::MariaDB>/L<DBD::mysql>, otherwise it will not work.

Also, while this module makes database handles non-blocking, you still
cannot run multiple requests in parallel on the same database handle. If
you want to run multiple queries in parallel, you have to create multiple
database connections, one for each thread that runs queries. Not doing
so can corrupt your data - use a Coro::Semaphore to protetc access to a
shared database handle when in doubt.

If you make sure that you never run two or more requests in parallel, you
can freely share the database handles between threads, of course.

=head2 SPEED

This module is implemented in XS, and as long as mysqld replies quickly
enough, it adds no overhead to the standard libmysql communication
routines (which are very badly written, btw.). In fact, since it has a
more efficient buffering and allows requests to run in parallel, it often
decreases the actual time to run many queries considerably.

For very fast queries ("select 0"), this module can add noticable overhead
(around 15%, 7% when EV can be used) as it tries to switch to other
coroutines when mysqld doesn't deliver the data immediately, although,
again, when running queries in parallel, they will usually execute faster.

For most types of queries, there will be no extra latency, especially on
multicore systems where your perl process can do other things while mysqld
does its stuff.


This module only supports "standard" mysql connection handles - this
means unix domain or TCP sockets, and excludes SSL/TLS connections, named
pipes (windows) and shared memory (also windows). No support for these
connection types is planned, either.


Cancelling a thread that is within a mysql query will likely make the
handle unusable. As far as Coro::Mysql is concerned, the handle can be
safely destroyed, but it's not clear how mysql itself will react to a


Coro::Mysql offers these functions, the only one that oyu usually need is C<unblock>:

=over 4


package Coro::Mysql;

use strict qw(vars subs);
no warnings;

use Scalar::Util ();
use Carp qw(croak);

use Guard;
use AnyEvent ();
use Coro ();
use Coro::AnyEvent (); # not necessary with newer Coro versions

# we need this extra indirection, as Coro doesn't support
# calling SLF-like functions via call_sv.

sub readable { &Coro::Handle::FH::readable }
sub writable { &Coro::Handle::FH::writable }

   our $VERSION = '2.1';

   require XSLoader;
   XSLoader::load Coro::Mysql::, $VERSION;

=item $DBH = Coro::Mysql::unblock $DBH

This function takes a DBI database handles and "patches" it
so it becomes compatible to Coro threads.

After that, it returns the patched handle - you should always use the
newly returned database handle.

It is safe to call this function on any database handle (or just about any
value), but it will only do anything to L<DBD::mysql> handles, others are
returned unchanged. That means it is harmless when applied to database
handles of other databases.

It is also safe to pass C<undef>, so code like this is works as expected:

   my $dbh = DBI->connect ($database, $user, $pass)->Coro::Mysql::unblock
      or die $DBI::errstr;


sub unblock {
   my ($DBH) = @_;

   if ($DBH) {
      my $mariadb = $DBH->{Driver}{Name} eq "MariaDB";
      if ($mariadb or $DBH->{Driver}{Name} eq "mysql") {
         my $sock   = $mariadb ? $DBH->{mariadb_sock} : $DBH->{sock};
         my $sockfd = $mariadb ? $DBH->mariadb_sockfd : $DBH->{sockfd};
         my $cvers  = $mariadb ? $DBH->{mariadb_clientversion} : $DBH->{mysql_clientversion};

         open my $fh, "+>&$sockfd"
            or croak "Coro::Mysql unable to dup mariadb/mysql fd";

         if (AnyEvent::detect ne "AnyEvent::Impl::EV" || !_use_ev) {
            require Coro::Handle;
            $fh = Coro::Handle::unblock ($fh);

         _patch $sock, $sockfd, $cvers, $fh, tied *$$fh;


=item $bool = Coro::Mysql::is_unblocked $DBH

Returns true iff the database handle was successfully patched for
non-blocking operations.


sub is_unblocked {
   my ($DBH) = @_;

   if ($DBH) {
      my $mariadb = $DBH->{Driver}{Name} eq "MariaDB";
      if ($mariadb or $DBH->{Driver}{Name} eq "mysql") {
         my $sock = $mariadb ? $DBH->{mariadb_sock} : $DBH->{sock};
         return _is_patched $sock


=item $bool = Coro::Mysql::have_ev

Returns true if this Coro::Mysql installation is compiled with special
support for L<EV> or not.

Even if compiled in, it will only be used if L<EV> is actually the
AnyEvent event backend.





This example uses L<PApp::SQL> and L<Coro::on_enter> to implement a
function C<with_db>, that connects to a database, uses C<unblock> on the
resulting handle and then makes sure that C<$PApp::SQL::DBH> is set to the
(per-thread) database handle when the given thread is running (it does not
restore any previous value of $PApp::SQL::DBH, however):

   use Coro;
   use Coro::Mysql;
   use PApp::SQL;

   sub with_db($$$&) {
      my ($database, $user, $pass, $cb) = @_;

      my $dbh = DBI->connect ($database, $user, $pass)->Coro::Mysql::unblock
         or die $DBI::errstr;

      Coro::on_enter { $PApp::SQL::DBH = $dbh };


This function makes it possible to easily use L<PApp::SQL> with
L<Coro::Mysql>, without worrying about database handles.

   # now start 10 threads doing stuff
   async {

      with_db "DBI:mysql:test", "", "", sub {
         sql_exec "update table set col = 5 where id = 7";

         my $st = sql_exec \my ($id, $name),
                           "select id, name from table where name like ?",

         while ($st->fetch) {

         my $id = sql_insertid sql_exec "insert into table values (1,2,3)";
         # etc.

   } for 1..10;

=head1 SEE ALSO

L<Coro>, L<PApp::SQL> (a user friendly but efficient wrapper around DBI).

=head1 HISTORY

This module was initially hacked together within a few hours on a long
flight to Malaysia, and seems to have worked ever since, with minor
adjustments for newer libmysqlclient libraries.

Well, at least until mariadb introduced the new Pluggable Virtual IO API
in mariadb 10.3, which changed and broke everything. On the positive
side, the old system was horrible to use, as many GNU/Linux distributions
forgot to include the required heaqder files and there were frequent small
changes, while the new PVIO system seems to be "official" and hopefully
better supported.

=head1 AUTHOR

 Marc Lehmann <schmorp@schmorp.de>