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MySQL Support Engineer's Chronicles, Issue #4

This week I had to deal with some unusual problems. But let me start with Percona's xtrabackup, software that I consider a key component of many current production MySQL setups and use regularly. Recently new minor versions of XtraBackup were released, check the details on 2.4.5, for example. It made a step towards support of MariaDB 10.2, but it's still a long way to go, see this pull request #200.

My main problem with xtrabackup, though, is not with lack of support of MariaDB 10,2-specific features. Why should they care, after all... The problem is that old well known bugs and problems are not resolved, those that may affect all MySQL versions, forks and environments. Check  …

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Upstart Basics for Automatic Restarts of MaxScale After Crash

Historically I do not care much about MariaDB's MaxScale, at least since I know how to build it from source when needed. But, as a support engineer who work at MariaDB, sometimes I have to deal with problems related to MaxScale, and this week it happened so that I had to explain what to do to implement automatic restarts of MaxScale "daemon" in case of crashes on RHEL 6.x.

In the process I had found out that two of my most often used Linux distributions, CentOS 6.x and Ubuntu 14.04, actually use Upstart, so good old System V's init tricks and scripts work there only partially and only because somebody cared to integrate them into this "new" …

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On Upgrades to Percona Server 5.7 GA: Building from Git Source on Fedora

While writing my first post in this series I was bulding Percona Server 5.7 from Git sources on my wife's Fedora Core 23 box based on this manual page, for my collection of test instances. As I build MySQL and related software from sources on different platforms almost every day for 11 years already, the process was completed successfully without much troubles, but there are still some details I'd like to highlight.

Manual says one has to do the following:

$ git clone https://github.com/percona/percona-server.git
$ …
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On Upgrades to Percona Server 5.7 GA: CentOS 6 Case

As you probably noted, Percona had finally released Percona Server 5.7 GA two days ago. I had not paid much attention to this branch during last month or so, but as it's GA now I decided to check what's there, how it works and install/upgrade different boxes and VMs to use it.

For testing purposes and for this series of blog posts I am going to build it from Git source (at least on Fedora Core 23), upgrade to it on 32-bit Ubuntu 15.04 VM, upgrade to it on 64-bit Ubuntu 14.04 laptop, upgrade to it on 64-bit CentOS 6.7 VM and maybe more. If any of the attempts to install/upgrade ends up with something worth sharing, I am going to write about the experience, problems (if any) and solutions.

Yesterday I've spent some …

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Softlayer Cloud: a Scary Story of One Bad Service

Disclaimer: the information in this post is the author’s personal opinion and is not the opinion or policy of his employer.

It was spring 2010 when we decided that even though Softlayer‘s server provisioning system is really great and it takes only a few hours to get a new server when we need it, it is still too long sometimes. We wanted to be able to scale up when needed and do it faster. It was especially critical because we were working hard on bringing up Facebook integration to our site and that project could have dramatically changed our application servers cloud capacity requirements.

What buzzword comes to your mind when we talk about scaling up really fast, sometimes within minutes, not hours or days? Exactly – cloud computing! So, after some initial testing and playing around with Softlayer’s (really young back then) cloud solution …

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