MySQL Enterprise Backup is stuck at "Starting to lock all the tables" (Doc ID 1394432.1)

Last updated on SEPTEMBER 29, 2016

Applies to:

MySQL Enterprise Backup - Version 3.5 to 4.0 [Release 3.5 to 4.0]
MySQL Server - Version 5.0 to 5.7 [Release 5.0 to 5.7]
Information in this document applies to any platform.

Symptoms

When starting a backup, the message "Starting to lock all the tables" appears and then backup stalls, it will not continue even after many hours
MySQL Enterprise Backup connection on the server can be observed with "SHOW PROCESSLIST" to be in the following state:
State: Waiting to get readlock
Info: FLUSH TABLES WITH READ LOCK

Cause

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