(This article takes content from https://www.percona.com/blog/2016/05/03/best-practices-for-configuring-optimal-mysql-memory-usage/)
MySQL Memory allocation is complicated. There are global buffers, per-connection buffers (which depend on the workload), and some uncontrolled memory allocations (i.e., inside Stored Procedures), all contributing to difficulties in computing how much memory MySQL will really use for your workload. It is better to check it by looking at the virtual memory size (VSZ) that MySQL uses. You can get it from “top”, or by running
ps aux | grep mysqld.
On ‘demo’ it looks like this:
mysql 2091 0.0 16.0 2237632 621668 ? Sl Aug10 11:52 /usr/libexec/mysqld --basedir=/usr --datadir=/opt/data-meza/mariadb --plugin-dir=/usr/lib64/mysql/plugin --log-error=/var/log/mariadb/mariadb.log --pid-file=/var/run/mariadb/mariadb.pid --socket=/var/lib/mysql/mysql.sock --port=3306
As we only want the swap file used in emergencies, such as when there is no memory available or to swap out idle processes, we want to reduce Operating System tendency to swap (
echo 1 > /proc/sys/vm/swappiness). Without this configuration setting you might find the OS swapping out portions of MySQL just because it feels it needs to increase the amount of available file cache (which is almost always a wrong choice for MySQL).
To make MySQL a less likely candidate to be killed by the OOM killer, you can adjust the behavior to make MySQL less preferable with the following:
echo '-800' > /proc/$(pidof mysqld)/oom_score_adj
This will make the Linux kernel prefer killing other heavy memory consumers first.