How to check your database for corruption

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Note: You are currently viewing documentation for Moodle 2.4. Up-to-date documentation for the latest stable version of Moodle may be available here: How to check your database for corruption.

Database corruption usually occurs as a result of a hardware (especially disk-based) failure, or when a disk becomes full. Typical symptoms are failure on login, with this message displayed:

Session Replace: Table './moodle/mdl_sessions2' is marked as crashed and should be repaired

This problem mostly seems to affect MySQL.

MySQL

The problem can be repaired using the mysqlcheck command (the command you type is in bold and we assume the database name is 'moodle' and its type is MySQL):

#mysqlcheck -u moodleuser -p --auto-repair moodle
Enter password:
moodle.adodb_logsql                      OK
moodle.mdl_assignment                    OK
moodle.mdl_assignment_submissions        OK
...
moodle.mdl_log
error    : Table './moodle/mdl_log' is marked as crashed and should be repaired
...
moodle.mdl_sessions2
error    : Table './moodle/mdl_sessions2' is marked as crashed and should be repaired

Repairing tables
moodle_18_latest.mdl_log                           OK
moodle_18_latest.mdl_sessions2                     OK

Your mysql database server must be running when executing the mysqlcheck command. If there are problems with the tables, the auto-repair option will fix them as shown above. Note that the repair process can take a long time to complete. Re-run the command again to double-check that all is OK.

Individual Moodle tables may be repaired using MySQL Admin/PHPMyAdmin as follows:

  1. In the databases section, select the Moodle database.
  2. Click the SQL tab, then in the "Run SQL query/queries on database moodle" field type
    REPAIR TABLE mdl_tablename
  3. Click the Go button.
For example, to repair the Moodle log tables, type
REPAIR TABLE mdl_log

Other databases

As I said above, this issue normally only occurs with MySQL.

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