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Apsersa’s summary tool supports Adaptec and MegaRAID controllers

I spent a little time yesterday doing some things with the “summary” tool from Aspersa. I added support for summarizing status and configuration of Adaptec and LSI MegaRAID controllers. I also figured out how to write a test suite for Bash scripts, so most major parts of the tool are fully tested now. I learned a lot more sed and awk this weekend.

There is really only one way to get status of Adaptec controllers (/usr/StorMan/arcconf), but the LSI controllers can be queried through multiple tools. I added support for MegaCli64, as long as it’s located in the usual place at /opt/MegaRAID/MegaCli/MegaCli64. I am looking for feedback and/or help on supporting other methods of getting status from the LSI controllers, such as megarc and omreport. If you can contribute sample output from these tools, please attach them as a file to a new issue report on the project’s issue …

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Tis a gift to be simple

I was just reading up on the syntax for index hints in MySQL, and noticed this:

An index_name value need not be a full index name. It can be an unambiguous prefix of an index name. If a prefix is ambiguous, an error occurs.

I actually prefer not to have extra “syntactic sugar” features such as this. It helps avoid bugs and unexpected behavior. Even if I don’t use it intentionally, I can get bitten by it, if someone adds another index whose name has the same prefix as one that I already use:

mysql> create table t(a int primary key);
mysql> select * from t force index(PRIMAR);
Empty set (0.00 sec)

mysql> alter table t add key PRIMARY_2(a);

mysql> select * from t force index(PRIMAR);
ERROR 1176 (HY000): Key 'PRIMAR' doesn't exist in table 't'

I actually considered adding support for prefixes of …

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New Maatkit tool to compute index usage

In a couple of recent consulting cases, I needed a tool to analyze how a log of queries accesses indexes and tables in the database, specifically, to find out which indexes are not used. I initially hacked together something similar to Daniel Nichter’s mysqlidxchk, but using the framework provided by Maatkit, which gave me a pretty good start right out of the box. This was useful in the very tight time constraints I was under, but was not a complete solution. Alas, I could not use anything like Percona’s enhancements for finding unused indexes.

So, in response to another consultant’s customer request (and sponsorship — thank you!) I spent more time actually writing a real tool in the Maatkit style, with full tests and all the rest of the usual goodies. The resulting …

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Maatkit learns how to map-reduce

The May release of Maatkit included a new feature in mk-query-digest. This allows you to process queries in many pieces, write out intermediate results, and then combine the pieces in a separate step. Maybe it’s not exactly map-reduce, but it makes a good headline.

The purpose is to enable query analysis across an arbitrarily large group of servers. Process queries on all of them, ship the results to a central place, and then combine them together. Pre-processing the results has some nice benefits, such as reduced bandwidth requirements, speeding up processing by doing it in parallel, and reducing the workload on the central aggregator. One Percona customer with many MySQL instances is trying this out.

The --save-results option on mk-query-digest saves the digested results to a file, stopping just before the final stages of the query event pipeline. There is a tool in Subversion trunk, tentatively called …

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Videos of Pythian Sessions from the 2010 O’Reilly MySQL Conference and Expo

Here’s a sneak peek at a video matrix — this is all the videos that include Pythian Group employees at the MySQL conference. I hope to have all the rest of the videos processed and uploaded within 24 hours, with a matrix similar to the one below (but of course with many more sessions).

Title Presenter Slides Video link
Details (Conf. site link)
Main Stage
Keynote: Under New Management: Next Steps for the Community Sheeri K. Cabral (Pythian) N/A 18:16
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Try mk-query-advisor, a new Maatkit tool

We have an early draft of a new tool available for you to use and test. It uses heuristics to find problems in SQL. Please use it and give feedback! Here’s how:

$ wget
$ perl mk-query-advisor /var/log/mysql/slow.log

By default it consumes a log file in MySQL’s slow query log format, but it can also parse the general-log format, and if you have any other kind of log you can feed it through mk-query-digest to transform the log into something it can recognize. Tell me if you’d be able to spot the mixture of join styles and use of leading % wildcards in the following query without help:

# Query ID 0x643E813A9ABDA151 at byte 2001701
# CRIT JOI.001 Mixing comma and ANSI joins.
# WARN ARG.001 Argument with leading wildcard.
SELECT `rhubarb_series_title`.`id`, `rhubarb_series_title`.`series_id`, …
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Maatkit BoF session at the MySQL conference

I’ve submitted a Birds of a Feather session for Maatkit at the upcoming MySQL conference. It’s not on the public schedule yet, but it has been accepted and scheduled for 19:00 on 13 Apr 2010. See you there!

Related posts:

  1. Presentation uploaded for Maatkit talk at MySQL Conference The slides
  2. I’ll be speaking at the O’Reilly MySQL Conference 2010 I’m
  3. Learn about Maatkit at the MySQL Conference
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Cary Millsap: Thinking Clearly about Performance

Cary Millsap has a concise, readable paper on performance. Anyone involved in database performance optimization should read it. Cary’s writing has heavily influenced the mk-query-digest tool for analyzing MySQL/PostgreSQL/Memcached/HTTP query performance, and I think you’ll get a lot more from mk-query-digest if you read this paper — and you should also read his book, reviewed here. It’s one of the top books on my Essential Books List.

Related posts:

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Learn about mk-query-digest at PgEast 2010

I’ll be attending PgEast this year, as I’ve done for the last couple of years, and this year I’ll also be speaking. The topic is query analysis with mk-query-digest. The official description of my talk is as follows:

mk-query-digest is a powerful open-source tool for capturing, filtering, transforming, and aggregating queries, with the ability to do all sorts of other advanced tasks too. By default, it aggregates similar queries together and presents a designed-for-DBAs report with statistics about the most important queries, so you can see where to focus your optimization efforts. This talk shows you how to use mk-query-digest to analyze your Postgres server’s workload.

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Portable Maatkit

What do you do when you're in a situation where you REALLY need your
favorite Maatkit tools, but are not allowed to load software on the
server running MySQL, AND you're not allowed to install software on the
provided workstation, especially a workstation that's running software
from a large corporation in Redmond? Portable Maatkit to the rescue!

I've only tested a few maatkit tools, namely mk-find and
mk-query-digest, but not completely. Some features and some tools may
not function, such as mk-audit. Use your best judgment. I'm not
responsible if your workstation or server looses all your data, your
USB key bursts into flames, or your significant other leaves you. YMMV,

Strawberry Perl
has been out for some time now, and recently, a portable version of

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