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MariaDB 10.3.0 Alpha, 5.5.55 Stable, and Connector/J 2.0.0 RC now available

The MariaDB project is pleased to announce the immediate availability of MariaDB 5.5.55 Stable (GA), MariaDB Galera Cluster 5.5.55 Stable (GA) and MariaDB Connector/J 2.0.0 RC. See the release notes and changelogs for details. Download MariaDB 5.5.55 Release Notes Changelog What is MariaDB 5.5? MariaDB APT and YUM Repository Configuration Generator Download MariaDB Galera Cluster […]

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M17 Conference Observations on the Future of MariaDB

In this blog post, I’ll discuss some of my thoughts about the future of MariaDB after attending the M17 Conference.

Let me start with full disclosure: I’m the CEO of Percona, and we compete with the MariaDB Corporation in providing Support for MariaDB and other services. I probably have some biases!

Last week I attended the MariaDB Developers UnConference and the M17 Conference, which provided great insights into MariaDB’s positioning as a project and as a business. Below are some of my thoughts as I attended various sessions at the …

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How To Find What Thread Had Executed FTWRL

This week one of MariaDB Support customers asked how to find what thread had executed FLUSH TABLES WITH READ LOCK (FTWRL) and thus blocked all changes to data. I decided to list several ways to find this out (as eventually customer wanted to know how to find this out not only in MariaDB 10.1, but also in MySQL 5.6 etc).

Let me start with a quick summary. I know the following ways (other that having all queries logged in general query log, slow log, by some audit plugin or at client side, and checking the log) to find the thread that executed FLUSH TABLES WITH READ LOCK successfully:

  1. In MariaDB starting from 10.0.7 you can use METADATA_LOCK_INFO plugin.
  2. In MySQL starting from 5.7 you can use …
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Fun with Bugs #52 - On Some Bugs Fixed in MySQL 5.7.18

I had not reviewed MySQL 5.7 release notes for quite a some time in this series. Last time I checked it was MySQL 5.7.15. So, as soon as I noted new release, 5.7.18, I decided to check the release notes for any interesting fixed bug (reported by Community users in public) in the areas I am interested in: InnoDB, replication, optimizer and few others.

Note that recently most of the bugs fixed are internal only, found by Oracle engineers that never cared (or are not allowed, who knows) to report them in public, so this blog post is not even remotely a full review of what's fixed in MySQL 5.7.18 and is not a replacement for reading the detailed …

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Prepared Statements in MariaDB 10.2

Prepared statements are particularly useful in stored procedures. In fact, they are the only way to execute dynamic SQL, which means that, for example, the list of ORDER BY columns is in a variable. You can do this by composing an SQL string, as you do in other languages.

However, in MySQL and up to MariaDB 10.1, there are some annoying limitations:

  • Prepared statements exist at a connection level. Even if you declare them in a stored procedure, they are global. If you are writing a stored procedure which should be usable in many contexts (maybe it’s part of an open source library), there is a risk that you overwrite existing prepared statements. There is no way to get a list of existing prepared statements.
  • A prepared statement is prepared from a literal string or a user variable. A literal string cannot contain variables. A user variable exists at a session level, so again, there is a risk to overwrite …
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Accessing Oracle tables via MariaDB CONNECT engine and ODBC

In my previous working environment it was typical to consider MariaDB Server as just a set of "random" storage engines mixed together, sometimes for unclear reasons and with questionable extra value. But even at that times I was already impressed by some features of one of the engines supported only by MariaDB, CONNECT. PIVOT table type specifically was of interest in a couple of customer cases I had to work on, but I quickly found out that the engine does not work with Oracle's MySQL or Percona Server, and thus had to forget about it for some time.

Recently while working in MariaDB I've got several more chances to deal with some new CONNECT use cases (and some related problems, that ended up mostly minor or caused by ignorance). This engine …

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Speaking in April 2017

Its been a while since I’ve blogged (will have to catch up soon), but here’s a few appearances:

  • How we use MySQL today – April 10 2017 – New York MySQL meetup. I am almost certain this will be very interesting with the diversity of speakers and topics.
  • Percona Live 2017 – April 24-27 2017 – Santa Clara, California. This is going to be huge, as its expanded beyond just MySQL to include MongoDB, PostgreSQL, and other open source databases. Might even be the conference with the largest time series track out there. Use code COLIN30 for the best discount at registration.

I will also be in attendance at the …

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MariaDB 10.2.5 RC now available

The MariaDB project is pleased to announce the immediate availability of MariaDB 10.2.5 Release Candidate (RC). See the release notes and changelog for details. Download MariaDB 10.2.5 Release Notes Changelog What is MariaDB 10.2? MariaDB APT and YUM Repository Configuration Generator Thanks, and enjoy MariaDB!

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My First Steps with MariaDB 10.2 and RocksDB Storage Engine

Last year I started to explore MyRocks, that is, RocksDB used as a storage engine with MySQL. So far I had to use Facebook's MySQL 5.6 to do this. I could try to use some specific development branches of MariaDB (or maybe even Percona Server) for this, but I preferred to wait until the engine is included into a main branch by the company I work for. Recently this happened, and now you can get RocksDB loaded and working in main MariaDB 10.2 branch. In this blog post I am going to explain how to build it from source and do some basic checks.

I was updating my MariaDB local repository on my Ubuntu 14.04 netbook, with 10.2 branch already checked out (do git checkout 10.2 if …

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New MariaDB Dashboard in Percona Monitoring and Management Metrics Monitor

In honor of the upcoming MariaDB M17 conference in New York City on April 11-12, we have enhanced Percona Monitoring and Management (PMM) Metrics Monitor with a new MariaDB Dashboard and multiple new graphs!

The Percona Monitoring and Management MariaDB Dashboard builds on the efforts of the MariaDB development team to instrument the Aria Storage Engine Status Variables related to Aria Pagecache and Aria Transaction Log activity, the tracking of Index Condition Pushdown (ICP), InnoDB Online DDL when using ALTER TABLE ... ALGORITHM=INPLACE, InnoDB Deadlocks …

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