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Pager script for shrinking EXPLAIN output
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Everyone who works with MySQL (or MariaDB) query optimizer has to spend a lot of time looking at EXPLAIN outputs. You typically first look at the tabular form, because it is easier to read. You can immediately see what the join order is, what numbers of records will be read, etc:

MariaDB [dbt3sf1]> explain select * from customer, orders where c_custkey= o_custkey;
| id   | select_type | table    | type | possible_keys | key         | key_len | ref                        | rows   | Extra | …
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Open Source India 2013
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Oracle MySQL participated at the Open Source India at the NIMHANS convention center on 11-13 Nov 2013 (

This is the third year we participated and yours truly had the pleasure to deliver the keynote about MySQL. Was also invited to participate in a panel discussion on the importance of certification.

OSI has become the meeting place for all open source professionals at Bangalore. It was a pleasure to meet with old friends who are passionate about open source.

There were a number of interesting talks. Many open source companies had their booths at …

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Hello World
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So here goes …

While there are already some blog postings from me at Oracle’s MySQL Enterprise Backup (MEB) team blog at, this blog is for my personal views and views outside of MEB.

Why the name with 2c.
The first challenge before you think of blogging is to convice yourself that maybe your views will have some value for a reader. The second is to find a name of the blog. Its not that I am fully convinced of the former but there are some things that need to be written and since the need is mine the fulfillment of the …

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MariaDB 10.0 has SHOW EXPLAIN feature. It was coded by yours truly and first introduced about a year ago. Last release of MySQL 5.7 introduced EXPLAIN FOR CONNECTION, which looks rather similar to MariaDB’s SHOW EXPLAIN. I was wondering how these two compare.

The basics

The usage scenarios are similar. In both cases, you first need a connection id of a running query. It is typically obtained by running SHOW PROCESSLIST:

MariaDB [(none)]> show processlist;
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Mixing databases usually not optimal
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Dan McKinley (Etsy) wrote an [IMHO] insightful article Why MongoDB Never Worked at Etsy.

First off, it’s important to realise that it’s not a snipe at MongoDB – it’s a fine tool.

The lessons are related to mixing multiple databases in a deployment (administration and monitoring overhead) and the acknowledgement that issues of schema design, scalability and maintenance need attention regardless of which brand or technology you pick for your database. That comes back to the old insight that migrations are rarely worth it (regardless of what you migrate …

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Colorado MySQL Meetup Group November 11th
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The Colorado MySQL meetup is getting together on November 11th.

Location: Oracle 500 Eldorado Boulevard, Broomfield, CO

All MySQL users and interested parties are invited to participate and attend the following activities! 

Monday, November 11, 2013

From 6:00PM to 8:30PM

  • Oracle Broomfield Office
    Building 1 – Demo 1127 Conference Room
    500 Eldorado Blvd
    Broomfield, CO 80021

    6PM Meet, Greet, and Eat
    6:30-45 – Intro’s/Updates
    6:45-7:30 – Session 1 – MySQL 5.6 and Cluster …

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A chance for Cassandra Storage Engine
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Short version: It looks like DataStax has released an official C++ driver for their new CQL native protocol. This makes it possible to update MariaDB’s Cassandra Storage Engine to work with all column families in Cassandra 1.2 and up.

Long version: In case the above didn’t make any sense to you, here’s some background:

  • Cassandra Storage Engine was developed against Cassandra 1.1
  • Cassandra 1.1 had a client-server protocol based on Thrift API. It had a …
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Luxbet, MariaDB and Melbourne Cup
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Yesterday was Melbourne Cup day in Australia – the biggest annual horse race event in the country, and in the state of Victoria it’s even a public holiday.

Open Query does work for Luxbet (part of Tabcorp), and Melbourne Cup day is by far their biggest day of the year in terms of traffic. It’s not just a big spike, there’s orders of magnitude difference so you can really say that the rest of the year is downright quiet (in relative terms). So, a very interesting load pattern.

Since last year Luxbet has upgraded from stock MySQL to MariaDB, …

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MySQL yum repositories
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I think most people will agree that downloading RPMs from a website is kind of old fashioned when there are yum repos. After a number of user requests, we have now launched the official yum repos for MySQL.

Can’t wait? Neither can I. On a fresh install:

  1. Download a setup package for your distribution from
  2. yum localinstall mysql-community-release-distro-release.noarch.rpm
  3. yum update
  4. yum …

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MySQL 5.6: no testcases for non-crashing bugs, either (and an incomplete bugfix)
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I normally don’t write such posts, but this time I’ll do a little whining. I was looking at MySQL’s Bug#69581, which was also filed against MariaDB as MDEV-5102. With some effort (little for this particular bug), one can find out that Bug#69581’s counterpart in Oracle’s internal bug database is Bug#16862316, and the fix is in revision 5366 in MySQL 5.6.14.

There are two problems, though:

  • The fix doesn’t include a …
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