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My top author list for Planet MySQL

Who are the top individual authors of influential recent posts to planet MySQL?  The planet MySQL page includes a list of the top 20 authors as well as a list of the top 10 vendor blogs.  However, since posts to the vendor blogs make up at least 1/4 of all of the posts, and the authors of vendor blog posts are not included in the top author list, I decided to compute my own top author list.  I include the hidden authors from the vendor blogs when computing my top author list.

The first problem is to identify the hidden authors for posts from each vendor blog.  This requires that the author information be extracted from the individual posts, and this requires a specialized parser for each vendor blog to extract the author name from the document.
The second problem is to rank the authors using some criteria such as the number of posts in a given recent time range.   I could run a page rank algorithm if I …

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New Query Analysis Features in MONyog

While looking to optimize your MySQL, you are needing to spot slow/bad queries at a glance and get deep insights about them with ease.

The latest update of MONyog brings new easier ways to find problem SQL in Real-Time, Wayback Machine and sniffer based Query Analyser using Performance Schema. Here is what’s new:

Query Execution Status and Full Table Scan Count
View success/failure status of every query executed and also the number of ‘full table scans’ for queries in a single glance.

The latest update also has an option to switch between Performance Schema and Processlist in Real-Time making it easy for you to enable/disable Performance Schema or Processlist.

Get the latest update now to enjoy these features.Existing customers can download MONyog 6.52 from Customer Area. To evaluate MONyog 6.52, please …

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mysql_real_connect is not thread safe

The "mysql_real_connect" function is used by MySQL clients, including multi-threaded clients,  to connect to a MySQL server.  The "mysql_real_connect" function is allowed to be run by concurrent threads without application level serialization.  Unfortunately, the thread sanitizer found a data race in the "mysql_real_connect" function when processing the …

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MySQL 5.7 InnoDB Versus the Thread Sanitizer

InnoDB and the Thread Sanitizer do not work well together in MySQL 5.7.  There are hundreds of possible data races reported by the Thread Sanitizer in the InnoDB code for the simplest case of initializing the MySQL server and shutting it down.  Luckily, most of these data races are benign.  The problem of finding an interesting data race in the InnoDB software is similar to finding evidence of a sub-atomic particle in a particle accelerator; many Thread Sanitizer events must be analyzed before something interesting is found.

One example of a benign data race is InnoDB's implementation of fuzzy counters.  A …

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MySQL 5.7 Performance Schema Versus the Thread Sanitizer

This blog continues the investigation into possible data races in the MySQL server reported by the Thread Sanitizer.  The previous blog investigated several possible data races that were detected when the MySQL server is initialized.  This blog investigates three data races in the performance schema that are reported when the MySQL server is shut down.  The first data race is a racy increment of thread statistics.  The second data race is a problem that may leave the state of the performance schema memory allocator incorrect.  The final data race is in the lock …

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MySQL 5.7 Initialization Versus the Thread Sanitizer

The MySQL server is a large multi-threaded program primarily written in the C++ programming language.  Unfortunately,  data races and deadlocks in concurrent C++ programs are common.  Fortunately, the Thread Sanitizer can be used to find data races and deadlocks.  MySQL 5.7 does not support the Thread Sanitizer, but is is easy to add to the MySQL configuration using a simple build procedure.  When MySQL 5.7 is built with the Thread Sanitizer and database …

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Uninitialized data problem in the LZMA compressor used by TokuFT

The LZMA algorithm implemented by the xz compression software package is one of the compression algorithms used by TokuDB for MySQL and TokuMX for MongoDB.  Unfortunately, valgrind's memcheck reports an uninitialized variable problem in the …

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MySQL 5.7 Versus the Address Sanitizer

MySQL 5.7 supports the Address Sanitizer, which checks for several memory related software errors including memory leaks.  It is really nice to see support for the Address Sanitizer built into MySQL.  Unfortunately, when running the mysql tests included in MySQL 5.7.9, the Address Sanitizer reports several memory leaks, which causes some of  the tests to fail.  Here are some of the memory leaks in the MySQL 5.7.9 software found by the Address Sanitizer.
Memory leaks in 'mysqlbinlog'Several of the 'mysqlbinlog' tests fail due to memory leaks in the 'mysqlbinlog' client program.  Here are the details from the ' …

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Advanced MySQL Server Auditing



We remember when we first started auditing MySQL servers, there were very few tools available.  In one of our early big gigs, we were battling serious performance issues for a client.  At the time, tuning-primer.sh was about the only tool available that could be used to diagnose performance bottlenecks.  Fortunately, with a lot of manual interpolation of the raw data it presented, we were able to find the issue with the server and suggest how to resolve them.  For that we are very thankful.  It was a first step in analyzing MySQL status variables, minimizing the number of formulas to learn and calculate by hand.  Obviously doing it by hand takes forever!

Now fast-forward to today.  Unfortunately, not much has changed.  Many DBAs and developers are still using open source tools such as tuning-primer, mysqltuner.pl, mysqlreport, and so on.  Don’t get the wrong; those tools have …

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TokuBackup Versus the Sanitizers

Percona recently open sourced TokuBackup, a library that may be used to take a snapshot of a set of files while these files are being changed by a running application like MySQL or MongoDB.  Making TokuBackup open source allows a larger set of users to improve and extend the software.  This blog describes how the Address Sanitizer and Thread Sanitizer found bugs in the TokuBackup library.

The TokuBackup library is used by Percona Server for MySQL and …

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