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More MySQL foreach()

In my previous post I've shown several generic use cases for foreach(), a new scripting functionality introduced in common_schema.

In this part I present DBA's handy syntax for schema and table operations and maintenance.

Confession: while I love INFORMATION_SCHEMA's power, I just hate writing queries against it. It's just so much typing! Just getting the list of tables in a schema makes for this heavy duty query:


When a join is involved this really becomes a nightmare. I think it's cumbersome, and as result, many do …

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MySQL foreach()

A new routine is now available in common_schema, which makes for an easier execution syntax for some operations:

foreach(collection_to_iterate_over, queries_to_execute_per_iteration_step);

To illustrate what it can do, consider:

call foreach('table in sakila', 'ALTER TABLE ${schema}.${table} ENGINE=InnoDB ROW_FORMAT=COMPACT');

call $('schema like shard_%', 'CREATE TABLE ${schema}.messages (id INT)');

call $('2000:2009', 'INSERT IGNORE INTO report (report_year) VALUES (${1})');

$() stands as a synonym to foreach(). I suspect it should look familiar to web programmers.

The idea for foreach() was introduced by Giuseppe Maxia during a correspondence. At first I was skeptic: this isn't …

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Self throttling MySQL queries

Recap on the problem:

  • A query takes a long time to complete.
  • During this time it makes for a lot of I/O.
  • Query's I/O overloads the db, making for other queries run slow.

I introduce the notion of self-throttling queries: queries that go to sleep, by themselves, throughout the runtime. The sleep period means the query does not perform I/O at that time, which then means other queries can have their chance to execute.

I present two approaches:

  • The naive approach: for every 1,000 rows, the query sleep for 1 second
  • The factor approach: for every 1,000 rows, the query sleeps for the amount of time it took to iterate those 1,000 rows (effectively doubling the total runtime of the query).

Sample query

We use a simple, single-table scan. No aggregates (which complicate …

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MySQL Hacks: Preventing deletion of specific rows

Recently, someone emailed me:I have a requirement in MYSQL as follows:
we have a table EMP and we have to restrict the users not delete employees with DEPT_ID = 10. If user executes a DELETE statement without giving any WHERE condition all the rows should be deleted except those with DEPT_ID = 10.

We are trying to write a BEFORE DELETE trigger but we are not able to get this functionality.

I have seen your blog where you explained about Using an UDF to Raise Errors from inside MySQL Procedures and/or Triggers. Will it helps me to get this functionality? Could you suggest if we have any other alternatives to do this as well?Frankly, I usually refer people that write me these things to a public forum, but this time I felt like …

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As per was hacked and quote “infecting visitors with malware” .. true or false? …

More reading at too.

Timing queries in the 21st century (with LD_PRELOAD and sed)

So… Baron blogged about wanting higher precision timers from the mysql binary and that running sed on the binary wasn’t cutting it. However… I am not one to give up that easily!

This is what LD_PRELOAD was made for! Evil nasty hacks to make your life easier!

By looking at the source code, I can easily work out how this works… I just have to override two calls! They being sysconf() (we fake how many ticks per second there are) and times() (let’s return a much higher precision number).

Combined with the sed hack on the binary to change the sprintf call to print out the higher precision number, we have:

mysql> select count(*) from t1;
| count(*) |
|   710720 |
1 row in set (1.080110 sec)

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Looking for a hack - Passing comment-like info through the binary log
I am facing an interesting problem. I need to mark somehow a statement in such a way that the comment is preserved through the binary log.
I don't have control on how the statement is generated or using which client software. For the sake of example, let's say that I need to mark a CREATE PROCEDURE statement in such a way that, if I extract the query from the binary log and apply it to another server, the information is still available.

BackgroundNormally, I would use a comment. The first thing I would think is
CREATE PROCEDURE p1(i int) select "hello" /* This is my text */
But most client libraries will strip it.
There was a …

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mysql hack - altering huge tables

You have a huge mysql table - maybe 100 GB. And you need to run alter on it - to either add an index, drop an index, add a column or drop a column. If you run the simple mysql "alter table" command, you will end up spending ages to bring the table back into production.

Here is a simple hack to get the thing done. The benefit of the hack is that the alter runs quite fast. But since this is a hack

SQL graphics

SQL is not meant to generate graphics, for sure; but I see some cases where generating non-tabular output can be desirable, as I will show in future posts.

I’d like to explain the basics of working SQL graphics: it is actually possible to do whatever you like. How?

Coordinates system

We’ll now develop a coordinates system using SQL. By producing this, I will have proven my point that anything is possible, and will provide an additional proof of concept.

To start with generating coordinates, I’ll need a helper table: a numbers table (tinyint_asc, example, with numbers ranging 0..255).

We’ll strive to produce a 10×10 coordinate matrix. To do this, we’ll self-join the numbers table against itself, and use a helper variable to set the size of the matrix.

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Inspect the Query Cache using MySQL Information Schema Plug-ins

A while ago I wrote about MySQL 5.1 information schema plug-ins.

At the time, I wrote a plug-in to report the contents of the query cache, but for all kinds of reasons, I never found the time to write a decent article about it, nor to release the code.

I am not sure if I'll ever find the time to write that article, but I just tidied up the code, and installed it in a new MySQL 5.1.26-rc server. It seems to work there, so I put the code up on the web.

Inside the source file, there's instructions to build and deploy it. If all goes well, you can do …

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