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Oracle commercializes MySQL, sun rises in east
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I’ve never objected to someone making money from MySQL. I’ve only expressed disappointment that they weren’t doing it effectively enough. As I have predicted many times, Oracle is good at this. Oracle is the number one reason I didn’t start a new career in some other database a few years ago. Oracle is making MySQL more successful not only for Oracle, but also for the users, the community, and the competition.

I am glad that Oracle is offering more pay-only extensions to the server in a way that creates opportunities for others to do the same, and I look forward to even more of them in the future.

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The Full Monty- Part 2
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Installing DRDB in CentOS 5.6.

In Part 1 I when through the process of preparing a number of CentOS 5.6 servers. Now make the services they’ll preform more stable.

High Availability (HA)

I’ll be presenting two ways to provide redundant data and high available services. First, Pacemaker – with DRDB will duplicate your data at the disk partition level and watch for failures. Should the hardware failure, Pacemaker will take all the needed steps to start MySQL on the Hot Stand By (HSB). This is not perfect. Should someone run ‘rm *’ or drop a database DRDB will duplicate

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Measuring open-source success by jobs
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It’s notoriously hard to measure the usage of open-source software. Software that’s open-source or free can be redistributed far and wide, so the original creators have no idea how many times it’s installed, deployed, or distributed. As a proxy, we often use downloads, but that’s woefully inadequate.

I’ve recently begun trying to figure out how many job openings are mentioning various open-source projects. I think that this might be a better metric because it’s driven by the end result (usage), rather than intermediate processes (downloads, etc). I think that it’s likely that usage and demand for skilled people is somewhat realistically related.

To be more concrete, I’ve been watching RSS feeds from job posting aggregators for several alternative versions of MySQL: Percona Server, MariaDB, and Drizzle.

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Oracle is not screwing MySQL
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People keep asking me “what is going to happen to MySQL now that Oracle has screwed MySQL?” I bluntly disagree that any such thing has happened. This blog post is just my personal view and does not reflect my employer’s opinion, but Oracle might have saved MySQL from what I can see. There is no evidence that supports the hysterical doomsday theories. (Witness MySQL 5.5, probably the best MySQL release in history. Not exactly what I’d call “screwing.”)

I believe that a product with such a large, diverse, and important market presence needs a variety of companies involved with it in many different ways. One of the absolutely key things is a company to make money from it. MySQL needs Oracle, because no one else involved is both capable and trying to make MySQL, the product, a large-scale commercial success. It looks like

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A Complete List of MySQL Storage Engines
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Opps… What happens when you press the post button instead of the preview button.  You publish a story before it’s time.

I’m working on compiling a complete list of MySQL storage engines. I didn’t intend to publish this so soon.  Maybe you can tell me what I’m missing.

Here is what I’ve found so far.  This is mostly an update of an older work I found.  Now that it’s posted I work hard to complete it.








Toru Maesaka

BlitzDB   SE

GPL v2

Highly efficient general purpose   use DB. Non-transactional competition to MyISAM and MEMORY engines. Developed   with
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Big Data is how big exactly?
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I see that “Big Data” has become the new buzzword with a spike of hype around it. Everyone’s jumping on it. Companies are eager to promote their products as “Big Data,” just as they were eager to be associated with Web 2.0, Service-Oriented Architectures, and all the rest. Predictably, there’s basically zero agreement on what it means.

I’ve seen “Big Data” mentioned in the context of 1TB, which I think is rather moderate sized. But worse yet, I’ve seen 100GB labeled Big Data. I’ve even seen 5GB labeled Big Data. No links — I don’t want to draw attention to them.

I don’t know what Big Data is, but the stick-of-gum-sized flash drive in my pocket holds 16GB. It’s pretty Small. I mean, I forget it’s even there — it’s definitely not Big. I don’t

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Update to AutoMySQLBackup.sh
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For a long time I though the AutoMySQLBackup project had died.  Then, after I created many updates, in November of last year I saw some life. Meanwhile, I have continued to update the code and track what people have requested.   Low volume project are sometimes hard to keep alive. People think the project is dead and don’t want to use code that will not see updates.  Then if you make updates the authors may not come alive often enough to make the changes.

I have updated AutoMySQLBackup again. This time I have included the ability to make backups at the table level by including the table name, with the database name, in the list of databases to be backed up.  Adding a ‘.’ between the database name and the table name (data.table) will backup only that table in the database.  (IE

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It’s about Time.
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This post started with a simple question: “Does the function NOW() get executed every time a row is examined?” According to the manual,  “Functions that return the current date or time each are evaluated only once per query …. multiple references to a function such as NOW() … produce the same result. …. (However,) as of MySQL 5.0.12, SYSDATE() returns the time (the row is) executes. “

  • CURDATE() returns the current date.
  • CURTIME() returns the current time.
  • UTC_DATE() returns the current UTC date.
  • UTC_TIME() returns the current UTC time.
  • NOW() return the current date and time.
  • UTC_TIMESTAMP() returns the current UTC date and time.
  • SYSDATE() returns the
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HandlerSocket plugin – NoSQL/SQL interactions
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HandlerSocket is cool. But, it turns out there are a few issues.

Justin Swanhart points out HandlerSocket currently lacks atomic operations . Since HandlerSocket uses different connections for reading and writing, you can’t increment/decrement a value without creating a race condition.

Still, the idea of skipping SQL interpretation and just reading the data you know you want is a great one.  Writing data might even be better. But being able to use both SQL and NoSQL could be really wonderful.  What if we could use complex queries to update complex tables and pluck values out as needed.  For example, queries to analyze current weather conditions and produce forecasts that we could then retrieve via a location key? What about updating current condition data

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Using HandlerSocket Plugin for MySQL with Perl
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In my last post I installed the HandlerSocket plugin into MariaDB and tested it.  Like the last post these examples are done with Linux CentOS 5.5.

HandlerSocket some with Perl code for the Net:: module group. When you build and install the HandlerSocket plugin it does not build the Perl module. I looked and it is not included in CPAN.

If you have already downloaded (git) and installed the plugin, you can install the Perl module by:

cd perl-Net-HandlerSocket
perl Makefile.PL
make test
make install

Most of the sample apps I’ve found do little more the prove it works.  I found the protocol (API) is very simple.  This makes it fast but may give you some trouble coding for it.  I created test table and my own version of the example code.

 `user_id` int(10) unsigned NOT NULL,
 `user_name` varchar(50),
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Awesome Postgres/MySQL cross-pollination
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There have been a few great blog posts recently from MySQL bloggers about Postgres, and vice versa, with good comments and follow-on from the real experts in both systems. I think this is wonderful. Learning how other databases solve hard problems is highly educational, especially because ACID databases face some of the hardest problems in computing. Making MySQL better is good for PostgreSQL. The reverse is just as true. And we should also be learning from SQLite, and CouchDB, and others who have overcome tough technical hurdles, built successful companies, created thriving and enthusiastic communities, or whatever their success has been.

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    Book Review: Web Operations
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    Web Operations - Keeping the Data On Time

    ByJohn AllspawJesse Robbins Publisher:O’Reilly Media Released:June 2010 This is simply the best book on running a commercial web services I have ever read.  Lots of texts cover parts and pieces of the what it takes from to manage a website. They will tell you how to configure Apache or how to load balance web traffic.  This book covers every aspect from developing and managing code development to scaling database services.   This is truly a must read! I’ve developed code for what is now Telaflora.com. I’ve managed servers for Herta.com and now I’m managing the databases for WDTinc.com so I know what I’m talking  [Read more...]
    MySQL GIS – Part 5
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    You’ve seen in the last few postings how to find, import and use GIS data with MySQL. But, the ‘G’ in geographical includes GRAPHIC and a little eye candy never hearts your understanding of the curves.

    Everyone knows of  map.google.comMark McClure has a great site explaining the use of Google’s APIs.  He explains how to generate interactive maps with labels for places and routes indicating driving directions. Many of Mark’s example explain exactly the sorts of things I’ve wanted to do with maps for years.  Like Cycling routes on Google Maps.

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    Reply to – Finding a Good DBA
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    On DBA Survivor, Thomas LaRock blogged about “Finding a Good DBA“.  This is a reply.

    I mostly agree what what LaRock said. Managers believe databases fall into the same category as email servers and domain name servers. System administrators are expected to take care of them all. And, having been a SysAdmin myself, I know as long as the thing is working they’re good.

    I was also an application developer for a number of years as well. From that point of view, you are working as fast as you can while still trying to make your code run as fast as it can. You don’t have full access to the SQL servers. You might test a few different SQL queries to see witch is faster, but you can’t get access to the configuration files.  Asking the SysAdmin to

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    MySQL GIS – Part 2
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    The “DATA”

    “The wonderful thing about standards is that there are so many of them to choose from.”Grace Hopper

    A Shape file is the most common format for GIS vector data and just about every GIS program can use them.  Unfortunately not all GIS data come in a shape file format. An E00 (E-zero-zero) file is the file format used by Environment Systems Research Institute’s (ESRI). ESRI is the Photoshop of the GIS workplace. E00 files are used by ArcInfo and ArcGIS Explorer.  These are the two most common file formats.

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    MyTOP 1.9 released
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    MyTOP is a console-based (non-gui) tool for monitoring the threads and overall performance of a MySQL created by Jeremy Zawodny.

    For months now I have been adding updates to mytop. When I started using version 1.6 it worked but didn’t return some data fields. After fixing these bugs I began to ideas for improvements. Here is a quick list of what I have done.

    • New ‘!’ command to force fix replication errors.
    • Display rows sorted per second.
    • Added new ‘Cmd’ column to display the state of the query along with the statement.
    • New ‘M’ command to change the [Mode] to
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    The new hotness in open-core: InnoDB
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    There’s lots of buzz lately about the so-called “open-core” business model of Marten Mickos’s new employer. But this is nothing new. Depending on how you define it, InnoDB is “open-core,” and has been for a long time. The InnoDB Hot Backup (ibbackup) tool was always closed-source. Did anyone ever cry foul and claim that this made InnoDB itself not open-source, or accuse Innobase / Oracle of masquerading as open-source? I don’t recall that happening, although sometimes people got suspicious about the interplay between the backup tool and the storage engine. Generally, though, the people I know who use InnoDB Hot Backup have no gripes about paying for it.

    What is the

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    Slapping MySQL-Proxy
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    I have old applications that need to read (and write) MyISAM tables that themselves receive lots of bulk updates. Time to try MySQL-Proxy.

    MySQL Proxy is light on documentation and very few people written anything about working.   Most of what I have read says MySQL-Proxy is not ready for prim time.  I have hope so I had to give it a try.

    I started with thee VMware servers. I setup one master and two read only slaves.   I tested the replication with mysqlslap from another independent server and it worked fine.  The slave never ran more then a second behind.

    I downloaded

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    Postmodern databases
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    Dr. Richard Hipp gave a talk at Southeast Linux Fest today on choosing an open-source database. He thinks that NoSQL is not a very good name for the new databases we’re seeing these days, so he proposed a new name: postmodern databases. Why postmodern?

    • The absence of objective truth
    • Queries return opinions, not facts

    I thought this was the best proposal I’ve heard for an alternative to the NoSQL moniker. And this is not bashing — the absence of objective truth can actually be an enabling quality, not necessarily a drawback. There’s a lot to compliment about the new databases, and calling them NoSQL is really a disservice — like calling a car a horseless carriage.

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    Under-provisioning: the curse of the cloud
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    A common problem I see people running into when using a cloud computing service is the trap of under-provisioning. There’s a chain effect that leads to this result: 1) people don’t understand how virtualization works, and therefore 2) they don’t realize how much of a computing resource they’re really buying, so 3) they assume they are entitled to more than they really are, and 4) they under-provision. A few other causes and effects come into play here, too. For example, the choice to use the cloud is sometimes founded on economic assumptions that frequently turn out to be wrong. The cloud service looks more economically attractive than it really is, due to under-provisioning.

    Let’s get back to this idea that people under-provision. How do I know that’s happening? I’ll use anecdotal evidence to illustrate.

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    The manager-programmer face-off over NoSQL
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    A lot of conversations with a few different people I respect (no links, sorry) have coalesced some thoughts about these newly popular “non-relational” datastores. I wanted to point out an aspect I’m not sure is very clear in the hot-topic department. This is about what happens when managers learn that their developers or operations team have installed some new technology in their systems without them knowing it.

    Lest anyone think that this happens only in a poorly-managed company, I can attest that it happens everywhere, all the time. Remember Marten Mickos’s favorite story about salespeople asking prospects if they used MySQL, the managers saying absolutely not, and the developers contradicting them?

    The moment of discovery is unpleasant for the manager, but everything leading up to it was a joy for the programmer. He

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    Install MariaDB on RedHat 5.4
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    Is MariaDB really a drop in replacement for MySQL?   I’m running CentOS 5.4.  What happens if…

  • Use “mysqldump –all-databases > FullBackup.sql” to make a full backup. (Better safe then sorry)
  • Go to http://askmonty.org/wiki/MariaDB:Download and download the CentOS 5 packages.
  • Stop msql “service mysqld stop”
  • Pull MySQL out by the roots with “rpm -e mysql-server mysql –nodeps”
  • Install Maria with “rpm -i Maria-*”
  • And the install start mysql up again.  Wow.  That’s “Drop in”.

    If your

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    Do you have MyISAM tables you reload with new data?

    Do your queries, using that table, get blocked because the table is locked?

    Do the waiting queries create idle connections slowing down the table load?

    Do you wish you could just replace the table?

    Years ago I was told you can replace CSV tables by simply replacing the CSV file. I figured this would also be true of a MyISAM file and it is. I use this perl script to replace MyISAM tables forcast and current observation weather data. The processing and tables are created on another computer. Weather forecasting is CPU and database expensive. I then copy (rsync) the files to the production system and run this script.

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    Ignoring, laughing, fighting, winning
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    A now-famous quote that I probably don’t need to attribute: “First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.”

    Where is Drizzle in this lifecycle? I’ve been hearing and reading some comments to the tune of “those Drizzle guys think it’s easy to rip MySQL stuff out and start over, wait till they see how hard it’s going to get when the real world sinks in.” Maybe, maybe. But maybe not, too. Maybe not.

    I’ve seen more than one software project that was belittled as “never gonna amount to anything, save your time” and went on to do quite well. Never underestimate the power of a handful of passionate and talented people. I personally feel that Drizzle has a bright future.

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    Jonathan Schwartz leaves Sun/Oracle
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    I read in his blog Jonathan Schwartz is leaving Sun/Oracle.  Jonathan was the CEO, Sun Microsystems, Inc.

    Jonathan has been the force at Sun driving open source.  His voice will not be heard at Oracle so I’m wondering if this will make a change in the way projects like MySQL, Open Solaris and Open Office will be managed.

    Would you trust a more advanced MySQL optimizer?
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    Much has been made of certain limitations of MySQL’s query optimizer (“planner”). Subqueries, lack of sort-merge joins, and so on. This is not MySQL-bashing and no one should be offended. Some people have worked to make things better, and that code is in branches that were intended for future releases. But if that work were available right now, would you trust it?

    This question is important because the optimizer is complex and full of compromises and black magic. Even minor changes occasionally have weird edge cases that cause a regression in some workload. Are major changes trustworthy?

    I’ll give a specific example. In version 5.0, MySQL gained the ability to use more than one index for a query. This is called index_merge in EXPLAIN, and sometimes people think it’s the best thing ever. In practice, I can

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    MySQL master/slave support merged into Linux-HA
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    (Re-posted from Florian’s blog.)

    MySQL replication support for the Pacemaker cluster manager (the stuff that we explained in this webinar) has made it into the Linux-HA resource agents default branch. If you are interested in testing — and you should! — please read the extended announcement. Feedback is extremely welcome on the linux-ha-dev mailing list.

    We are expecting to release this as part of resource-agents 1.0.4, in late May/early June.

    The history of OpenSQL Camp
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    I got a couple of questions and comments about OpenSQL Camp in the past week, and I thought it would be worth noting down the history, because I think there is some difference in perception and memory about this series of events. The following is only my point of view.

    What is OpenSQL Camp?

    I can say what I had in mind when I created the original event, but this is bigger than me, so I don’t get to dictate anything. I wanted a free technical event created entirely by and for a community of open-source databases, in an inclusive sense. Not created or heavily influenced by someone employed by a corporation whose job title includes the word “Community,” but really by a community themselves. There’s nothing wrong with Community So-And-So employed at a corporation, but they are by nature a liaison with

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    Brian Aker: 20GB doesn’t fit on a single server
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    Brian got interviewed by O’Relly recently, and part of it quoted him as saying this:

    When everything doesn’t fit onto a computer, you have to be able to migrate data to multiple nodes. You need some sort of scaling solution there… MapReduce works as a solution when your queries are operating over a lot of data; Google sizes of data. Few companies have Google-sized datasets though. The average sites you see, they’re 10-20 gigs of data.

    Users shouldn’t need to put that data onto multiple machines anyway. In fact, I don’t think we need a multi-machine solution for the common case at all. We need software that can scale up with today’s hardware. 37signals likes to

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    NoSQL doesn’t mean non-relational
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    It seems that a lot of people equate non-SQL databases with non-relational-ness, or malign the word relational. This is pretty much pure ignorance. If you’ve ever uttered a sentence that includes the phrase “…non-relational database…” then I have two suggestions for you.

  • Study relational algebra. At a bare minimum, read the Wikipedia article on relational algebra. There is much more you could do — take a class on the topic, or read C.J. Date’s SQL and Relational Theory (my review). Ask yourself how similar SQL is to the relational algebra. How
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