Goal: minimise possible dead locks in Tracker to improve performance.
Concerns: what could be the worst side effects? inconsistent tracking data stored in some cases?
Note: this should ONLY apply in Tracker mode, not for API/UI/etc.
SELECT statements are performed in a nonlocking fashion, but a possible earlier version of a row might be used. Thus, using this isolation level, such reads are not consistent. This is also called a dirty read. Otherwise, this isolation level works like READ COMMITTED.
- An operation that retrieves unreliable data, data that was updated by another transaction but not yet committed. It is only possible with the isolation level known as read uncommitted.
- This kind of operation does not adhere to the ACID principle of database design. It is considered very risky, because the data could be rolled back, or updated further before being committed; then, the transaction doing the dirty read would be using data that was never confirmed as accurate.
- Its opposite is consistent read, where InnoDB ensures that a transaction does not read information updated by another transaction, even if the other transaction commits in the meantime.
- See Also ACID, commit, consistent read, isolation level, READ UNCOMMITTED, rollback.