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Exploring Metadata Locks with gdb - How One Can Use This?
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In the previous post in this series I've concluded that metadata locks are acquired in "batches" and the function that implements this is called MDL_context::acquire_locks. Let's check quickly what it does to confirm where wait for metadata lock really happens. We need this to proceed finally from studying what locks are set and when (this is a long and complicated topic to spend time on out of general interest) to more practical topic: how to find the session that holds the blocking metadata lock in MySQL versions before …

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Exploring Metadata Locks with gdb - Double Checking the Initial Results
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Some results in my initial post in this series led me to questions that I'll try to answer here. First of all, I noted that SELECT from a single table ended up with just one metadata lock request:

(gdb) b MDL_request::init
Breakpoint 1 at 0x648f13: file /usr/src/debug/percona-server-5.6.27-76.0/sql/, line 1266.
Breakpoint 2 at 0x648e70: file /usr/src/debug/percona-server-5.6.27-76.0/sql/, line 1245.
warning: Multiple breakpoints were set.
Use the "delete" …

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Exploring Metadata Locks with gdb - First Steps
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Metadata locks are used in MySQL since version 5.5.3 and are available in GA MySQL versions for 6 years already. Still they are far from clearly documented (even less their implementation is documented in details - try to find anything about metadata locks in current MySQL Internals manual) and often causes "unexpected" problems for users.

Only since MySQL 5.7.3 (and only for a few months in GA releases since 5.7.9) we have an easy, official and documented …

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Tracking Metadata Locks (MDL) in MariaDB 10.0
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I recently blogged about tracking metadata locks in the latest MySQL, and now I want to discuss how to track these metadata locks in MariaDB.

In MySQL 5.7, there is a table named `metadata_locks` added to the performance_schema (performance_schema must be enabled *and* the metadata_locks instrument must be specifically enabled as well.

In the MariaDB 10.0 implementation (as of 10.0.7), there is a table named METADATA_LOCK_INFO added to the *information_schema*. This is a new plugin, so the plugin must be installed, but that is very simple with:

INSTALL SONAME 'metadata_lock_info';

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Tracking Metadata Locks (MDL) in MySQL 5.7
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I’ve blogged about metadata locks (MDL) in the past (1 2 3) and in particular discussed how best to track them down and troubleshoot threads stuck waiting on metadata locks.

If you’ve had any experience with these, you’ll know finding them isn’t always the most straight-forward task.

So I was glad to see metadata lock instrumentation added to MySQL 5.7.3 as part of performance_schema, which makes tracking these down a breeze! (Note this is only in 5.7.3 currently, and …

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Data Modeling
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Dear data integration fans,

I’m a big fan of “appropriate” data modeling prior to doing any data integration work.  For a number of folks out there that means the creation of an Enterprise Data Warehouse model in classical Bill Inmon style.  Others prefer to use modern modeling techniques like Data Vault, created by Dan Linstedt.  However, the largest group data warehouse architects use a technique called …

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Viewing RMAN jobs status and output
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Yesterday I was discussing with a fellow DBA about ways to check the status of existing and/or past RMAN jobs. Good backup scripts usually write their output to some sort of log file so, checking the output is usually a straight-forward task. However, backup jobs can be scheduled in many different ways (crontab, Grid Control, Scheduled Tasks, etc) and finding the log file may be tricky if you don’t know the environment well.
Furthermore, log files may also have already been overwritten by the next backup or simply just deleted. An alternative way of accessing that information, thus, may come handy.

Fortunately, RMAN keeps the backup metadata around …

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Dynamic de-normalization of attributes stored in key-value pair tables
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Dear Kettlers,

A couple of years ago I wrote a post about key/value tables and how they can ruin the day of any honest person that wants to create BI solutions.  The obvious advice I gave back then was to not use those tables in the first place if you’re serious about a BI solution.  And if you have to, do some denormalization.

However, there are occasions where you need to query a source system and get some report going on them.  Let’s take a look at an example :

mysql> select * from person;
| id | name  | lastname |
|  1 | Lex   | Luthor …
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Parse nasty XLS with dynamic ETL
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Dear Kettle friends,

Last year, right after the summer in version 4.1 of Pentaho Data Integration, we introduced the notion of dynamically inserted ETL metadata (Youtube video here).  Since then we received a lot of positive feedback on this functionality which encouraged me to extend it to a few more steps. Already with support for “CSV Input” and “Select Values” we could do a lot of dynamic things.  However, we can clearly do a lot better by extending our initiative to a few more steps: “Microsoft Excel Input” (which can also read ODS by the way), “Row Normalizer” and “Row …

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Drizzle metadata tables
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Giuseppe has a great post about the Evolution of MySQL metadata, and I thought I’d have a look at what we have in Drizzle. It’s pretty easy to work out how many tables are in each schema, we just query the standard INFORMATION_SCHEMA.TABLES view:

drizzle> select table_schema,count(table_name)
    ->  from information_schema.tables
    -> group by table_schema;
| table_schema       | …
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