If you’re running an operation on a large number of rows within a table that uses the InnoDB storage engine, you might see this error: ERROR 1206 (HY000): The total number of locks exceeds the lock table size MySQL is trying to tell you that it doesn’t have enough room to store all of the row locks that it would need to execute your query. The only way to fix it for sure is to adjust innodb_buffer_pool_size and restart MySQL.