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MySQL QA Episode 11: Valgrind Testing: Pro’s, Con’s, Why and How

Today’s episode is all about Valgrind – from the pro’s to the con’s, from the why to the how! This episode will be of interest to anyone who is or wants to work with Valgrind on a regular or semi-regular basis.

  1. Pro’s/Why
  2. Con’s
  3. How
    1. Using the latest version
      sudo [yum/apt-get] install valgrind
      sudo [yum/apt-get] remove valgrind
      sudo [yum/apt-get] install bzip2 glibc*
      tar -xf valgrind-3.10.1.tar.bz2; cd valgrind-3.10.1
      ./configure; make; sudo make install
      valgrind –version # This should now read 3.10.1
    2. VGDB (cd ./mysql-test)
      ./lib/v1/ –start-and-exit –valgrind –valgrind-option=”–leak-check=yes”
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MySQL QA Episode 10: Reproducing and Simplifying: How to get it Right

Welcome to the 10th episode in the MySQL QA series! Today we’ll talk about reproducing and simplifying: How to get it Right.

Note that unless you are a QA engineer stuck on a remote, and additionally difficult-to-reproduce or difficult-to-reduce bug, this episode will largely be non-interesting for you.

However, what you may like to see – especially if you watched episodes 7 (and possibly 8 and 9) – is how reducer automatically generates handy start/stop/client (cl) etc. scripts, all packed into a handy bug tarball, in combination with the reduced SQL testcase.

This somewhat separate part is covered directly after the introduction (ends at 11:17), as well as with an example towards the end of the video (starts at time index 30:35).

The “in between part” (11:17 to 30:35) is all about reproducing and simplifying, which – unless you are working on a remote case – can likely be skipped by …

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Multi-source replication in MySQL 5.7 vs Tungsten Replicator

MySQL 5.7 comes with a new set of features and multi-source replication is one of them. In few words this means that one slave can replicate from different masters simultaneously.

During the last couple of months I’ve been playing a lot with this trying to analyze its potential in a real case that I’ve been facing while working with a customer.

This was motivated because my customer is already using multi-sourced slaves with Tungsten Replicator and I wanted to do a side-by-side comparison between Tungsten Replicator and Multi-source Replication in MySQL 5.7

Consider the following scenario:

DB1 is our main master attending mostly writes from several applications, it also needs to serve read …

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MySQL QA Episode 9: Reducing Testcases for Experts: multi-threaded

Welcome to MySQL QA Episode 9. This episode will go more in-depth into Reducing Testcases for Experts: multi-threaded

We will explore how to use to do true multi-threaded testcase reduction – a world’s first.


  1. Expert configurable variables & their default settings

Full-screen viewing @ 720p resolution recommended.

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The Q&A: Creating best-in-class backup solutions for your MySQL environment

Thank you for attending my July 15 webinar, “Creating Best in Class Backup solutions for your MySQL environment.” Due to the amount of content we discussed and some minor technical difficulties faced near the end of webinar we have decided to cover the final two slides of the presentation along with the questions asked by attendees during the webinar via this blog post.

The slides are available for download. And you can watch the webinar in it’s entirety here.

The final two slides were about our tips for having a …

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MySQL QA Episode 8: Reducing Testcases for Engineers: tuning

Welcome to MySQL QA Episode 8: Reducing Testcases for Engineers: tuning

  1. Advanced configurable variables & their default/vanilla settings
  2. Some examples

Full-screen viewing @ 720p resolution recommended.

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MySQL QA Episode 7: Reducing Testcases for Beginners – single-threaded!

Welcome to MySQL QA Episode #7 – Reducing Testcases for Beginners: single-threaded!

In this episode we’ll learn how to use Topics discussed;

  1. introduction/concepts
  2. Basic configurable variables & their default settings
    1. INPUTFILE options
    2. MODE=x
    3. TEXT=”text”
    5. MYEXTRA
    6. MYBASE
    9. How to learn more about each of the settings
  3. Manual example
  4. Introduction to the script’s self-recursion concept – subreducer
  5. Quick setup re-cap, details of an already executed QA run
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How to create a rock-solid MySQL database backup & recovery strategy

Have you ever wondered what could happen if your MySQL database goes down?

Although it’s evident such a crash will cause downtime – and surely some business impact in terms of revenue – can you do something to reduce this impact?

The simple answer is “yes” by doing regular backups (of course) but are you 100% sure that your current backup strategy will really come through when an outage occurs? And how much precious time will pass (and how much revenue will be lost) before you get your business back online?

I usually think of backups as the step after HA fails. Let’s say we’re in M<>M replication and something occurs that kills the db but the HA can’t save the day. Let’s pretend that the UPS fails and those servers are completely out. You can’t failover; you have to restore data. Backups are a key piece of “Business Continuity.” Also factor in the frequent need to restore data that’s been …

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How to obtain the MySQL version from an FRM file

I recently helped a customer figure out why a minor version MySQL upgrade was indicating that some tables needed to be rebuilt. The mysql_upgrade program should be run for every upgrade, no matter how big or small the version difference is, but when only the minor version changes, I would normally not expect it to require tables to be rebuilt.

Turns out some of their tables were still marked with an older MySQL version, which could mean a few things… most likely that something went wrong with a previous upgrade, or that the tables were copied from a server with an older version.

In cases like this, did you know there is a fast, safe and simple way to check the version associated with a table? You can do this by reading the FRM file, following the format specification found here.

If you look at that page, you’ll see that the …

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MySQL QA Episode 3: How to use the debugging tool GDB

Welcome to MySQL QA Episode 3: “Debugging: GDB, Backtraces, Frames and Library Dependencies”

In this episode you’ll learn how to use debugging tool GDB. The following debugging topics are covered:

1. GDB Introduction
2. Backtrace, Stack trace
3. Frames
4. Commands & Logging
5. Variables
6. Library dependencies
7. c++filt
8. Handy references
– GDB Cheat sheet (page #2):
– From Crash to testcase:

Also expands on live debugging & more. In HD quality (set your player to 720p!)

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