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Using the row buffer in Drizzle (and MySQL)

Here’s another bit of the API you may need to use in your storage engine (it also seems to be a rather unknown. I believe the only place where this has really been documented is, so here goes….

Drizzle (through inheritance from MySQL) has its own (in memory) row format (it could be said that it has several, but we’ll ignore that for the moment for sanity). This is used inside the server for a number of things. When writing a Storage Engine all you really need to know is that you’re expected to write these into your engine and return them from your engine.

The row buffer format itself is kind-of documented (in that it’s mentioned in the MySQL Internals documentation) but everywhere that’s …

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Storage Engine API: write_row, CREATE SELECT and DDL

(this probably applies exactly the same for MySQL and Drizzle… but I’m just speaking about current Drizzle here)

In my current merge request for the embedded-innodb-create-select-transaction-arrgh branch (also see this specific revision), you’ll notice an odd hoop that we have to jump through to make CREATE SELECT statements work with an engine such as InnoDB.

Basically, this is what happens:

  • start transaction
  • start executing SELECT QUERY (well, …
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The Drizzle (and MySQL) Key tuple format

Here’s something that’s not really documented anywhere (unless you count as a source of server documentation). You may have some idea about the MySQL/Drizzle row buffer format. This is passed around the storage engine interface: in for write_row and update_row and out for the various scan and index read methods.

If you want to see the docs for it that exist in the code, check out store_key_val_for_row in

However, there is another format that is passed to your engine (and that your engine is expected to understand) and for lack of a better name, I’m going to call it the key tuple format. The first place you’ll probably see this is when implementing the index_read function for a Cursor (or handler in MySQL speak).

You get two things: a pointer to the buffer and the length of the buffer. Since a key can be made up of multiple parts, some of which can be NULL and some of which can be of …

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Recent Work on Improving Drizzle’s Storage Engine API

Over the past six weeks or so, I have been working on cleaning up the pluggable storage engine API in Drizzle.  I’d like to describe some of this work and talk a bit about the next steps I’m taking in the coming months as we roll towards implementing Log Shipping in Drizzle.

First, how did it come about that I started working on the storage engine API?

From Commands to Transactions

Well, it really goes back to my work on Drizzle’s replication system.  I had implemented a simple, fast, and extensible log which stored records of the data changes made to a server.  Originally, the log was called the Command Log, because the Google Protobuffer messages it contained were called message::Commands.  …

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Improving the Storage Engine “API”

I increasingly enclose the API part of “Storage Engine API” in quotes as it does score a rather large number on the API Design Rusty levels (Coined by Rusty Russell). I give it a 15 (out of 18. lower is better) in this case “The obvious use is wrong”.

The ideas is that your handler gets called to write a row (the amazingly named handler::write_row()). It’s passed a buffer which is the row to be stored. An engine that uses the MySQL row format (lets say, ARCHIVE) will simply pack the row and write it out.

Unless there is a TIMESTAMP field with auto set on insert. Up until now (and still now in MySQL) the engine had to check if this was the case and make sure the timestamp field was updated.

To remove this particular bonghit is actually a really small patch, which …

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