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MariaDB/MySQL missing features: View comments

The COMMENT clause

All database components (and database themselves) should have a COMMENT clause in their CREATE/ALTER statements, and a *_COMMENT column in the information_schema. For example:

CREATE PROCEDURE do_nothing()
        COMMENT 'We''re lazy. Let''s do nothing!'
BEGIN
        DO NULL;
END;
SELECT ROUTINE_COMMENT FROM information_schema.ROUTINES;

In fact most database objects have those clauses in MySQL/MariaDB, but not all. Views are an exception.

Comments in code

MariaDB and MySQL have multiple syntaxes for comments. Including executable comments (commented code that is only executed on some MySQL/MariaDB versions).

One can use comments in stored procedures and triggers, and those codes are preserved:

CREATE PROCEDURE do_nothing()
BEGIN
        -- We're lazy. …
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Auto caching tables

Is there a way to create a caching table, some sort of a materialized view, such that upon selecting from that table, its data is validated/invalidated?

Hint: yes.

But to elaborate the point: say I have some table data_table. Can I rewrite all my queries which access data_table to read from some autocache_data_table, but have nothing changed in the query itself? No caveats, no additional WHEREs, and still have that autocache_data_table provide with the correct data, dynamically updated by some rule of our choice?

And: no crontab, no event scheduler, and no funny triggers on data_table? In such way that invalidation/revalidation occurs upon SELECT?

Well, yes.

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Viewing RMAN jobs status and output

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 for some time and it can be accessed through the database’s V$ views. Obviously, if you need this information because your database just crashed and needs to be restored, the method described here is useless.

Backup jobs’ status and metadata

A lot of metadata about …

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ROUTINE_PRIVILEGES implementation

Following up on MySQL security: inconsistencies, and on MySQL bug #61596, I was thinking it may take a long time till the non-existent ROUTINE_PRIVILEGES view is implemented. Here’s my own implementation of the view.

I’ve followed the somewhat strange conventions used in the *_PRIVILEGES tables in INFORMATION_SCHEMA, where the IS_GRANTABLE is a separate column, although in 2nd 1st normal form.

I present it here as a query, using session variables, rather than a view definition:

SELECT STRAIGHT_JOIN
  CONCAT('\'', User, '\'@\'', Host, '\'') AS GRANTEE,
  NULL AS ROUTINE_CATALOG,
  Db AS ROUTINE_SCHEMA,
  Routine_name AS ROUTINE_NAME,
  Routine_type AS ROUTINE_TYPE, …
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MySQL: Using Views as Performance Improvement Tools

The most basic and most oft-repeated task that a DBA has to accomplish is to look at slow logs and filter out queries that are suboptimal, that consume lots of unnecessary resources and that hence slow down the database server. This post looks at why and how VIEWs can help against such suboptimal operations.

VIEWS on INFORMATION_SCHEMA tables - Useful stuff

Views in MySQL really has quite a bad reputation, for bad performance mainly, but also there were some stability issues at some point. Now they are pretty stable, but I don't see them used that much. One place where I like to use them myself is in combination with INFORMATION_SCHEMA tables. The I_S tables are really useful and contain a lot of information, and by using VIEWs we can massage the data a bit.

I often have a database specifcally for DBA needs, so that is what we will use here.
CREATE DATABASE IF NOT EXISTS dba;
USE dba;

OK, now we have a database to play with. Lets solve a minor problem first. Being able to use the TABLES table in INFORMATION_SCHEMA is great, as it allows standard SQL filtering and processing, in difference to the output from SHOW TABLES (largely at least, some filtering is available in the SHOW commands also of course). But the TABLES table contains the tables in ALL …

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Find friends of friends using MySQL

In a previous article, I've already talked about an optimized way to connect locations in a geographic point of view by using MySQL. In this manner, locations of pubs, drugstores, barbers or even users can be obtained. Communities, or perhaps I should use the newer term Social Networks, make use of the buddy network of indiviual members in addition to the geographical mapping. This has many psychological advantages, because new members can be integrated in an established network very easily and I'm more willing to become involved when I already know some of the members.

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Next Week’s MySQL Sessions at ODTUG Kaleidoscope

By now you know that there is a MySQL Track during next week’s ODTUG Kaleidoscope in Washington, DC. Ronald Bradford and I organized the schedule at the last minute (Ronald did a lot of the work!). It was difficult to fill a schedule with 19 sessions that are either 1 hour or 1.5 hours long, and to do it I ended up with three presentations.

At each presentation I will be giving away a copy of The MySQL Administrator’s Bible, so be sure to show up! All MySQL track sessions are in Maryland C, and all times are Eastern.

On Monday, June 28th from 4 pm – 5:30 pm I will be presenting …

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Materialized view makes login process 25k times faster

It may sound like a dramatic number, and that’s because it is. One thing that is enjoyable about working on beta applications is finding new solutions and better methods to improve the user experience. The original method for displaying the recent addition of overview analytics data in the beta version of Kontrollbase was to run [...]

CCK & Views, My First Experiences

and probably my last one ..

I mentioned a couple of weeks ago that I was looking into a way of converting my static page with published papers, articles and presentations in a more dynamic page where I could create RSS feeds from the updates and feed them into another site for everybody to use.

Some people suggested that I'd have a look at CCK & Views for this. While up till now when creating an app I had usually written my own Drupal module with my own database schema and manually written SQL Queries. This indeed looked like the perfect opportunity to dig into the CCK and Views thingie.

Now I must admit that I`m not really fond of "generated queries"

I've had nightmares before when having …

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