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Fedora 19 – MariaDB Test Day 2013-04-30
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From https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Test_Day:2013-04-30_MariaDB, this installment of Fedora’s Test Day focuses on the replacement of MySQL with MariaDB. If you’re a Fedora (or RHEL or CentOS user), do take a peek at the page and see if you can pitch in – it might be a little bit of work for you, but with great benefits in terms of getting the MariaDB performance and features, and specifically on the day the Fedora crowd have extra people on the case to track and address issues you might find, so it’s an ideal opportunity to upgrade on a development or test-prod environment!

MySQL Cluster gets a Community Award
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It was with pride I entered the stage at the Percona MySQL Conference yesterday to receive the “Storage Engine of the Year 2013 award” for ndb (the MySQL Cluster storage engine).  Thank you very much, on behalf of myself and the MySQL Cluster engineering team. The team has done a great work over the past 10 years to harden the product, and add new features. MySQL Cluster milestone 7.3.2 was just released. It will be my pleasure to present the “trophy” some members of the team when I get back to Stockholm. Please see a previous post for how the MySQL Cluster journey began for myself and the ndb team 10 years ago.

The milestone release model revisited
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In my Percona live keynote “Driving MySQL Innovation” on Tuesday I talked about the quality problems we had with 5.0 and 5.1 and the switch to the new Milestone Release model. I explained how this new development process allowed us to deliver both 5.5 and 5.6, on time, including innovative features, and with very high quality.

The description of the Milestone Release model has been available here, for almost two years. So, this is not new but it has now been in operation for 3.5 years and it can be worth looking back and summarize.

Our first MySQL Server Milestone 5.4.3 was released on October 9th, 2009 and was then followed up by 5.5.2 on Feb. 26, 2010. Initially there was a time of trying out and fine

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Query in a loop?
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I ran across this gem recently on StackOverflow:

$queryxyzzy12=("SELECT * FROM visitorcookiesbrowsing ORDER by id ASC");
$resultxyzzy23=mysql_query($queryxyzzy12) or die(mysql_error());

while($ckxf = mysql_fetch_assoc($resultxyzzy23)){
$querycrtx=("SELECT * FROM cart WHERE userkey='$ckxf[usercookie]' ORDER by datebegan DESC");
$resultcrtx=mysql_query($querycrtx) or die(mysql_error());
------ snip ------

Besides the interesting variable names used, it’s also doing a query inside a loop, which is very inefficient. This would be better written as a single JOIN query:

visitorcookiesbrowsing v
LEFT JOIN cart c ON c.userkey=v.usercookie
v.id ASC,
c.datebegan DESC

The details of JOIN vs. LEFT JOIN depend on the actual

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Galera pre-deployment check
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One of the first things we do when preparing a client’s infrastructure for Galera deployment is see whether their schema is suitable.

  • Avoiding quirks and edge cases, we can say that Galera simply requires all tables to be InnoDB and also have a PRIMARY KEY (obviously having a PK in InnoDB is important anyway, for InnoDB-internal reasons).
  • We want to know about FULLTEXT indexes. With recent InnoDB versions also supporting FULLTEXT we need to check not just whether a table has such an index, but actually which engine it is.
  • Spatial indexes. While both InnoDB and MyISAM can deal with spatial datatypes (POINT, GEOMETRY, etc), only MyISAM has the spatial indexes.

Naturally, checking a schema in the server is more effective than going through other sources and possibly missing bits. On the downside, the only viable way to get this info out of MariaDB

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Speaking at the OpenWest Conference
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I’m presenting two talks at the OpenWest Conference next month.  The first talk, on May 2nd, will be about PHP security.  The second talk, given on May 3rd, will be about database optimization, geared towards web developers.  I’ll discuss some of the same things that I have discussed on this blog.

We’re going to have some great speakers at that conference.  On the PHP front, we’ll have Rasmus Lerdorf giving a keynote as well as another presentation.  From the MySQL community, Mark Callaghan from Facebook will be giving another keynote, and we’ll also have Colin Charles from MariaDB.

It should be an exciting conference!

Percona Server to ship with jemalloc
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Joseph Scott pointed me to a little tidbit hidden in the latest Percona Server release notes: “Percona Server for MySQL will now be shipped with the libjemalloc library.”  Percona published the results of some testing of various malloc libraries on their MySQL High Performance Blog last year, and it looks like this will have a very positive impact on performance.

I’m currently using MariaDB, so I’m hoping they pick up this change as well.

How to identify an unnecessary index
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Let’s look at the index from the wp_posts table in a standard WordPress installation.

SHOW KEYS FROM wp_posts;
| Table | Non_unique | Key_name | Seq_in_index | Column_name | Collation | Cardinality | Sub_part | Packed | Null | Index_type | Comment | Index_comment |
| wp_posts | 0 | PRIMARY | 1 | ID | A | 1772 | NULL | NULL | | BTREE | | |
| wp_posts | 1 | post_name | 1 |

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Big Data for Genomic Sequencing. Interview with Thibault de Malliard.
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“Working with empirical genomic data and modern computational models, the laboratory addresses questions relevant to how genetics and the environment influence the frequency and severity of diseases in human populations” –Thibault de Malliard. Big Data for Genomic Sequencing. On this subject, I have interviewed Thibault de Malliard, researcher at the University of Montreal’s Philip Awadalla [...]
A Visual Guide to the MySQL Performance Schema
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If you haven’t explored the MySQL Performance Schema yet, this is a good place to start.  This is Performance Schema 101, a basic introduction to the MySQL 5.6 performance_schema, which records runtime statistics from the MySQL database. The performance_schema is intended to provide access to useful information about server execution while having minimal impact on server performance.  Performance_schema is the name of both the storage engine and the database itself, and it was initially implemented  in MySQL 5.5. In MySQL 5.6 the engineers added quite a bit of new instrumentation.

The performance_schema database uses views or temporary tables that actually use little to no persistent disk storage .Memory allocation is all done at server startup, so there is no ongoing memory reallocation or

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Interesting MySQL optimizer case
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Jaime at the MySQL Performance Blog had an interesting post regarding some unexpected behavior from the MySQL optimizer.  Although this particular case probably doesn’t affect most people, it does give some insight into how the optimizer works, and how subtle changes to a query can change performance.

Asynchronous MySQL queries in PHP
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I was made aware today by a post on the MySQL Performance Blog that the mysqlnd driver for PHP has support for asynchronous PHP queries.  At the Midwest PHP Conference, I gave a talk on database optimization for web developers, and in a follow-up discussion with an attendee, I apparently misinformed him.

Midwest PHP Presentation Notes
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Thanks for attending my presentation at the Midwest PHP conference!

Slides as PDF
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FOSDEM 2013 Slides are available on [Plus]
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I was at FOSDEM for the first time this year and it was very exciting.
I was very glad to see Percona, MariaDB and Oracle together.
If you’ve never been at FOSDEM, I recommend you to join us next year, this is truly a magical event!

You can find some of the slides on [Plus], enjoy! :

If you would like to add your slides, post a comment with the link.
And remember to visit this page for more slides about MySQL : http://www.mysqlplus.net/mysql-docs/

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Changing the Size of the InnoDB Log Files In MySQL 5.6
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In MySQL 5.5 and earlier, the steps to resize the InnoDB log files were a bit involved and for example included manually moving the log files out of the way as InnoDB would only create new files, if none existed.

In MySQL 5.6 a not so much talked about feature is the support to resize the log files in a way much more similar to changing other settings in MySQL. Now you simply update your MySQL configuration file and restart MySQL.

Let us look at an example. In MySQL 5.5 and earlier the total size of the InnoDB log files has to be less than 4G in total, so one way of staying within this limit is to have two files each 2047M large:

innodb $ ls -1s ib_logfile*
2096132 ib_logfile0
2096144 ib_logfile1

Now update the configuration file to take advantage of the fact that MySQL 5.6 allows much larger InnoDB log files; the actual limit

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MySQL Replication – Creating a New Master/Slave Topology with or without Virtual Machines
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In my last few posts, I wrote about “How to install MySQL replication using GTID’s” (Part One, Part Two). In this post, I will show you how to install MySQL 5.6 and set up replication between two MySQL servers the “old fashioned way” using the binary log and binary log position.

I am going to create some virtual machines instead of using individual servers. But, you can

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MariaDB 10.0: Named dynamic columns, now with documentation
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During the last year, I was asked a number of times when/if MariaDB will support identifying dynamic columns by names instead of numbers. I am happy to say that named Dynamic Columns feature is in MariaDB 10.0.1 release. Now, after some literary effort, here is updated documentation: Dynamic Columns in MariaDB.

MySQL-State of the Union. Interview with Tomas Ulin.
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“With MySQL 5.6, developers can now commingle the “best of both worlds” with fast key-value look up operations and complex SQL queries to meet user and application specific requirements” –Tomas Ulin. On February 5, 2013, Oracle announced the general availability of MySQL 5.6. I have interviewed Tomas Ulin, Vice President for the MySQL Engineering team [...]
MySQL 5.6 Windows MSI Installer
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First conference of the year is always a bit of a thrash for me. This time I have and RMOUG Training Days back to back. So I went to upgrade MySQL on my presentation laptop and got a pleasant surprise.

The MySQL 5.6 upgrade included not only the server but connectors and workbench

I had planned to install 5.6, the connectors, the docs, and Workbench separately as I packed. Low and behold. the upgrade did all the work for me. Very cool!

Except the packing. That I still got to do! See you in Miami and Denver.

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Using MySQL Utilities Workbench Script mysqldbcompare To Compare Two Databases In Replication
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In my last two posts, I wrote about setting up replication with MySQL 5.6 using Global Transaction Identifiers. Even when I set up replication “the old-fashioned way“, one thought always enters my mind – did all of the data copy over to the slave? And, even after the master/slave has been running for a while, I am always wondering if the data in the slave matches the master. Or did the change that I made to that table make it over to the slave? It is probably more of a case of paranoia on my part, as

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No, Sheeri, MySQL 5.6 does not optimize subqueries away
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Sheeri wrote a blog post that claims that “IN Subqueries in MySQL 5.6 Are Optimized Away” and uses that as a basis to conclude that subquery optimizations in MySQL 5.6 are superior to MariaDB’s.
The claim is incorrect (and so is the conclusion). As a person who has coded both of the mentioned FirstMatch and semi-join materialization, I think I need to write about this.

Sheeri wrote:

  • “So MariaDB recognizes the subquery and optimizes it. But it is still optimized as a subquery”
  • “In MySQL 5.6, the subquery is actually optimized away”
  • The first statement is somewhat true. The second one is not. I’ll

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    The Data Day, Two days: January 25/28 2013
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    Informatica’s revenue is in. Hortonworks joins OpenStack. And more.

    For 451 clients: Jitterbit gives integration stack makeover, continues to mine salesforce.com bit.ly/VJrwPE By Krishna Roy

    — Matt Aslett (@maslett) January 28, 2013

    For 451 clients: Enterprise cloud provider Skytap offers new service based on Cloudera Hadoop bit.ly/UpnXij By @rachelchalmers

    — Matt Aslett (@maslett) January 25, 2013

    For 451 clients: Alteryx plots course for 2013 as it seeks to bring business users into

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    MySQL Replication with Global Transaction Identifiers – Step-by-Step Install and Addition of Slaves – Part Two
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    This post is part two of MySQL Replication with Global Transaction Identifiers – Step-by-Step Install and Addition of Slaves. In this post, I will be showing you how to use the MySQL Utility Script mysqlreplicate to create a new replication slave off a master database.

    This is also the fourth in a series that I will be doing on MySQL

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    Fatal Half-measures in Incident Response
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    CSO Online writes about a rather sad list of security breaches at http://www.csoonline.com/article/721151/fatal-half-measures-in-incident-response, and the half-hearted approach companies take in dealing with the security on their networks and websites.

    What I find most embarrassing is that it appears (judging by the actions) that many companies have their lawyers do some kind of borked risk assessment , and decide that they can just leave things as-is and yell foul when there’s a breach. After all, particularly in the US prosecutors are very heavy handed with breaches, even when the company has been totally negligent. That’s weird, because an insurance company wouldn’t pay out for a break-in when you’ve left your front door wide open! The problem is of

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    The Data Day, A few days: January 17-22 2013
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    DataStax and VoltDB launch their version 3.0s. And more

    For 451 Research clients: DataStax adds security and manageability to distributed NoSQL database bit.ly/Vb1IiT

    — Matt Aslett (@maslett) January 18, 2013

    For 451 clients: LogiXML serves up fresh cut of BI stack with an eye to more embedded analytics deals bit.ly/SppzsH By Krishna Roy

    — Matt Aslett (@maslett) January 21, 2013

    Inside H-P’s Missed Chance To Avoid a Disastrous Deal – WSJ.com on.wsj.com/Td7wrh via @

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    MySQL Replication with Global Transaction Identifiers – Step-by-Step Install and Addition of Slaves – Part One
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    One of my favorite features of MySQL (http://mysql.com) is replication. Replication provides you with the ability to have MySQL automatically copy data from one MySQL instance to another. There are many benefits to using replication, but I just like having an extra copy of my data on another server in case the main server crashes. But if the master crashes, I can then use the MySQL mysqlfailover script to automatically failover from the master to the slave. (see my earlier post – Using the MySQL Script mysqlfailover for Automatic Failover

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    The Data Day, Two days: January 15/16 2013
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    Funding for Ayasdi and Zettaset. NuoDB launches cloud database. And more

    For 451 Research clients: NuoDB launches distributed ‘cloud data management system’ bit.ly/UO3ssM

    — Matt Aslett (@maslett) January 15, 2013

    For 451 clients: Armed with $20m series C, Lattice Engines looks to bring sales intelligence inside bit.ly/11z4VdF By Krishna Roy

    — Matt Aslett (@maslett) January 16, 2013

    Ayasdi Launches with $10 Million from Khosla Ventures and FLOODGATE. bit.ly/X7oemJ

    — Matt Aslett (@maslett)

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    Retrieving List of MySQL Users and Grants with Perl
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    Before I upgrade MySQL to the latest and greatest version, one of the first things that I do is export the user and grant information. In the past, I would keep all of my user information (user name, password, grants) in a text file, with the SQL for each user/grant ready to be executed on the upgraded server. I did use my own form of “mental encryption” for my passwords, so the passwords weren’t in plain English. But then I would have to decode my passwords each time before I executed the SQL statements.

    When I upgrade, I usually like to dump all of the data and import it into the new version, so I have a fresh copy of the database. The MySQL server that I have is for my personal use and the data size is relatively small, so for my case it doesn’t take long to import the data.

    But there were times when I

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    MySQL Replication – Multi-Threaded Slaves (Parallel Event Execution)
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    If you aren’t familiar with MySQL replication, “Replication enables data from one MySQL database server (the master) to be replicated to one or more MySQL database servers (the slaves). Replication is asynchronous by default – slaves need not to connected permanently to receive updates from the master. This means that updates can occur over long-distance connections and even over temporary or intermittent connections such as a dial-up service. Depending on the configuration, you can replicate all databases, selected databases, or even selected tables within a database.” (From: http://dev.mysql.com/doc/refman/5.5/en/replication.html).

    I use MySQL replication on my home office server. I don’t really have much data to store, but it

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    MySQL@FOSDEM 2013: Call for papers closes in a few days!
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    This is just a reminder: Call for papers for MySQL & Friends devroom at FOSDEM 2013 is open until December 21st, which is this Friday. Please hurry up and submit your proposal. Possible topics include everything related to MySQL.

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