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Log Buffer #193 – A Carnival of The Vanities for DBAs

Welcome to Log Buffer, the weekly roundup of DBA industry happenings.

Read on for the latest updates in Log Buffer #193. Don’t forget, we’re always looking for volunteer editors to publish and host an issue of Log Buffer. If you’d like this to be you, contact the Log Buffer coordinator.

ODTUG/Kaleidoscope 2010 roundup:

Sheeri …

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OpenSQLCamp Boston Pages are online

OpenSQLCamp is less than 4 months away, and I have finally gotten around to updating the site. Special thanks go to Bradley Kuzsmaul and the folks at Tokutek for getting the ball rolling and making the reservation at MIT. Using MIT means that we will have *free* reliable wireless guest access and projects.

OpenSQL Camp is a free unconference for people interested in open source databases (MySQL, SQLite, Postgres, Drizzle), including non-relational databases, database alternatives like NoSQL stores, and database tools such as Gearman. We are not focusing on any one project, and hope to see representatives from a variety of open source database projects attend. As usual I am one of the main organizers of Open SQL Camp (in previous years, Baron Schwartz, Selena Deckelmann and Eric Day have been main organizers too; this year Bradley Kuzsmaul is the other main organizer). The target audience …

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watch for momentary monitoring

One of the things I preach about a lot is good monitoring of your database servers; having tools in place to tell you both what good looks like and when things go bad is critical for large scale success. But sometimes you just need to monitor a momentary process, where setting up a check in your normal monitoring software is overkill. In these cases one tool that can help out is the watch command.

Case in point, the other day I needed to back up a fairly large partitioned table (about 1.3TB on disk). The plan? A quick little script to pg_dump each of the partitions (about 325). Feed the script through xargs -P so I don't swamp the box, but I get some concurrency out …

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Postgres at MySQL Conference?

During the MySQL conference Call for Papers there was some talk of getting one or two Postgres sessions into the mix, as a lot of MySQL users seem to have questions about Postgres these days. Alas, looking through the MySQLcon schedule I don't see any on there. I've also looked through the BOF's and nothing about Postgres to be found there either. So, maybe no one is interested in Postgres after all.

However I held a Postgres BOF at MySQLcon last year and we got a handful of people, and since I am going to be at MySQLcon again this year, I might as well host one again. I think it's too late to schedule one formally, but I can put some info on the schedule sheets once I'm at the conference; if you are interested in learning some more about Postgres, please keep an eye out.

Actually, the Relational Model doesn't scale

Before all my fellow DBAs' heads explode, let me just say that I am a relational guy. I like the relational model, think it's the best tool for the job, and think every programmer (not just DBA's) should aspire to be as familiar with it as they are with AJAX, MVC, or whatever other technology pattern you think is important. I'll even take that a step further; I think the NoSQL movement is mostly a re-hash of failed technologies from the last century. Object and document databases had their run in the market (some might say "they had their time"), and they were pretty thoroughly beaten by the RDBMS; that some people have reinvented that wheel doesn't change the game.

That said, I find the recent comments from Jeff Davis on the relational model and scalability

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Gathering server information with boxinfo

I've just publicly released another Postgres-related script, this one called "boxinfo". Basically, it gathers information about a box (server), hence the catchy and original name. It outputs the information it finds into an HTML page, or into a MediaWiki formatted page.

The goal of boxinfo is to have a simple, single script that quickly gathers important information about a server into a web page, so that you can get a quick overview of what is installed on the server and how things are configured. It's also useful as a reference page when you are trying to remember which server was it that had Bucardo version 4.5.0 installed and was running pgbouncer.

As we use MediaWiki internally here at End Point (running with a Postgres backend, naturally), the original (and default) format is HTML with some MediaWiki specific items inside of it.

Because it is meant to run on a wide a range of boxes as possible, it's written in Perl. …

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HP Needs a Linux OLTP Database...FAST

Oracle, after dating HP, Dell, Netapp and EMC has found its mate in Sun. Oracle is now becoming a systems company, and unceremoniously dumping these former paramours. These leaves the spurned lovers to find alternate accommodations, especially in the area of the database.

As I have stated previously on this blog, the clear partner of choice on the Windows front is Microsoft. This is demonstrated by today’s partner announcement around MS SQL Server for OLTP. But who is their partner in the Linux segment?

The following are contenders:
* Postgres (HP rolls their own)
* EnterpriseDB (pre-rolled Postgres)
* Ingres or Sybase—Oracle has felled them both in the past, …

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State of the Postgres project

It's been interesting watching the MySQL drama unfold, but I have to take issue when people start trying to drag Postgres into it again by spreading FUD (Fear, Uncertainty, and Doubt). Rather than simply rebut the FUD, I thought this was a good opportunity to examine the strength of the Postgres project.

Monty recently espoused the following in a blog comment:

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MySQL and Postgres command equivalents (mysql vs psql)

Users toggling between MySQL and Postgres are often confused by the equivalent commands to accomplish basic tasks. Here's a chart listing some of the differences between the command line client for MySQL (simply called mysql), and the command line client for Postgres (called psql).

MySQL (using mysql) Postgres (using psql) Notes


Clears the buffer



\d string

Changes the delimiter

No equivalent


Edit the buffer …

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Live by the sword, die by the sword

In an amazing display of chutzpah, Monty Widenius recently asked on his blog for people to write to the EC about the takeover of Sun by Oracle and its effect on MySQL, saying:

I, Michael "Monty" Widenius, the creator of MySQL, is asking you urgently to help save MySQL from Oracle's clutches. Without your immediate help Oracle might get to own MySQL any day now. By writing to the European Commission (EC) you can support this cause and help secure the future development of the product MySQL as an Open Source project.

"Help secure the future development"? Sorry, but that ship has sailed. Specifically, when MySQL was sold to Sun. There were many other missed opportunities over the years to keep MySQL as a good open source project. Some of the missteps:

  • Bringing in venture capitalists
  • Selling to Sun instead of making …
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