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MySQL Support Engineer's Chronicles, Issue #1

I have a habit to keep a log of everything I work on (or even just read about while working) every day. It's just a plain text file, with date labels, where most lines are URLs of issues and bugs I contributed to somehow, and my comments on what I did and why. But there are also code fragments, texts, copy-pasted outputs and links to interesting sites, articles and documentation.

Some of lines from this log I post on Facebook separately as I add them, these are mostly related to MySQL bugs and other things that annoy me. I know that some of my Facebook friends actually do not like this kind of posts at all... When I used LiveJornal actively, I've posted digests of my log from time to time (you can check what was there if you read Russian). But that digests …

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MySQL 8.0 Labs – Descending Indexes in MySQL

Starting with the 8.0 optimizer labs release the MySQL server now supports descending indexes. As I will detail in this post, this new feature can be used to eliminate the need for sorting results, and lead to performance improvements in a number of queries.…

Percona Live Europe 2016: “MySQL 8.0: what’s new in Optimizer” with Manyi Lu

Today was the first day of sessions at Percona Live Europe 2016, and it was packed with exciting talks and important information on open source databases. Some of the most anticipated talks are those that cover what to expect in MySQL 8.0.

One of those talks was given by Oracle’s Manyi Lu, Director of Software Development. She discussed MySQL 8.0: what’s new in Optimizer.

In her talk, Manyi discussed what we could look forward to in MySQL 8.0’s optimizer. There are substantial improvements in the optimizer in MySQL 5.7 and MySQL 8.0. Most noticeably, users can now combine relational data with NoSQL using the new JSON features. MySQL also now supports functional indexes through generated columns. …

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MySQL 8.0: Faster batch record retrieval

One of the things we have been working on for MySQL 8, is speeding up scans that read multiple records from a table or an index. Such scans benefit from reading the records in batches, so that they don’t get the overhead of latching data pages and navigating in the B-tree for every single record that is read.…

Introduction into storage engine troubleshooting: Q & A

In this blog, I will provide answers to the Q & A for the “Introduction into storage engine troubleshooting” webinar.

First, I want to thank everybody for attending the July 14 webinar. The recording and slides for the webinar are available here. Below is the list of your questions that I wasn’t able to answer during the webinar, with responses:

Q: At which isolation level do 




  copy data from a table?

A: Both tools do not change the server’s default transaction isolation level. Use either


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Fun with Bugs #42 - Bugs Fixed in MySQL 5.7.12

MySQL 5.7.12 was released more than 2 weeks ago. New features introduced there in a form of "rapid plugins" are widely discussed, but I am more interested in bugs reported by MySQL Community users that are fixed there. Unfortunately I do not see MySQL Community Release Notes by Morgan (like this) for quite a some time, so I have to continue describing key bug fixes and name people who reported and verified bugs in my "Fun with Bugs" series.

As usual, let's start with InnoDB bugs fixed:

  • Bug #80070 - "allocated_size and file_size differ if create general tablespace outside datadir". It was reported by my former colleague from Percona …
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MySQL 5.7: Optimizer finds best index by expression

The optimizer in MySQL 5.7 leverages generated columns. Generated columns will physically store data in two cases: Either the column is defined as STORED or you create an index on a virtual column. The optimizer will leverage such an index automatically if it encounters the same expression in a statement. Let's see an example:

mysql> DESC squares;
| Field | Type             | Null | Key | Default | Extra |
| dx    | int(10) unsigned | YES  |     | NULL    |       |
| dy    | int(10) unsigned | YES  |     | NULL    |       |

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Indexing JSON documents via Virtual Columns

In a previous post I took the new JSON datatype and functions for a test drive, using sample data provided by SF OpenData. Today I will extend that example to include indexing.

Introducing Generated Columns

MySQL 5.7 introduces a new feature called generated columns.…

What to do with optimizer hints after an upgrade?

At a recent optimizer webinar, I talked about MySQL introducing a new style for hints, and that MySQL 5.7 also added support for more hints, see Sergey Glukhov’s blog. A question I got at the end of the webinar was what to do with the hints in the application code after an upgrade?…

Fun with Bugs #41 - Bugs Fixed in MySQL 5.7.11

I've just noted that Oracle had released new versions of MySQL on February 5, 2016 formally, so while these days I am mostly thinking about the ways to do support properly, remembering my colleagues and trying to understand some of RocksDB internals, it's time to postpone all these and write about bugs again. This time about some of the public bug reports from MySQL Community and Oracle engineers that were fixed by Oracle in MySQL 5.7.11.

As usual, I'll try to mention who had reported a bug and who verified it, as I think that names matter in MySQL world. I'll concentrate mostly on InnoDB, replication and optimizer bug reports, trying to highlight regressions clearly.

As usual, I prefer to start with InnoDB bugs:

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