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Recover Percona XtraDB Cluster in Kubernetes From Wrong MySQL Config

Kubernetes operators are meant to simplify the deployment and management of applications. Our Percona Kubernetes Operator for Percona XtraDB Cluster serves the purpose, but also provides users the flexibility to fine-tune their MySQL and proxy services configuration.

The document Changing MySQL Options describes how to provide custom

my.cnf

configuration to the operator. But what would happen if you made a mistake and specified the wrong parameter in the configuration?

Apply Configuration

I already deployed my Percona XtraDB Cluster and deliberately submitted the wrong

my.cnf

  configuration in

cr.yaml

 :

spec:
...
  pxc:
    configuration: …
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Kubernetes Scaling Capabilities with Percona XtraDB Cluster

Our recent survey showed that many organizations saw unexpected growth around cloud and data. Unexpected bills can become a big problem, especially in such uncertain times. This blog post talks about how Kubernetes scaling capabilities work with Percona Kubernetes Operator for Percona XtraDB Cluster (PXC Operator) and can help you to control the bill.

Resources

Kubernetes is a container orchestrator and on top of it, it has great scaling capabilities. Scaling can help you to utilize your cluster better and do not waste money on excessive capacity. But before scaling we need to understand what capacity is and how Kubernetes manages CPU and memory resources.

There are two resource concepts that you should be aware of: …

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Various Backup Compression Methods Using Mysqlpump

Mysqlpump is a client program that was released with MySQL 5.7.8 and is used to perform logical backups in a better way. Mysqlpump supports parallelism and it has the capability of creating compressed output. Pablo already wrote a blog about this utility (The mysqlpump Utility), and in this blog, I am going to explore the available compression techniques in the Mysqlpump utility.

Overview

Mysqlpump has three options to perform the compression backup.

–compress: Used to compress all the information sent between client and server.

–compression-algorithm: It was added in MySQL 8.0.18. Used to define the compression algorithm for all incoming connections to the server. (available options: zlib, zstd, uncompressed )

–compress-output: Used to define the …

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ChaosMesh to Create Chaos in Kubernetes

In my talk on Percona Live (download the presentation), I spoke about how we can use Percona Kubernetes Operators to deploy our own Database-as-Service, based on fully OpenSource components and independent from any particular cloud provider.

Today I want to mention an important tool that I use to test our Operators: ChaosMesh, which actually is part of CNCF and recently became GA version 1.0.

ChaosMesh seeks to deploy chaos engineering experiments in Kubernetes deployments which allows it to test how deployment is resilient against different kinds of failures.

Obviously, this tool is important for Kubernetes Database …

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Adjusting MySQL 8.0 Memory Parameters

So you’ve just added some more memory to your MySQL server; now what? If you’ve been around the MySQL block for a while, you know that nothing is automatically changed to take advantage of this new system RAM. Let’s have a look at a few parameters you would want to adjust.

InnoDB Parameters innodb_buffer_pool_size

The InnoDB buffer pool is “…the memory area that holds cached InnoDB data for both tables and indexes.” This parameter is probably the #1 tuning parameter in MySQL. If your buffer pool is too small, then InnoDB must spend extra CPU/Disk time, loading, and unloading pages in/out of memory. This is time better spent executing your queries.

The default size of this cache is 128MB; woefully small for any serious database. Increasing the size of this cache allows more frequently accessed pages to remain in memory for the fastest access. Obviously, you do not need a buffer pool which is larger than your …

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Understanding MySQL Memory Usage with Performance Schema

Understanding how MySQL uses memory is key to tuning it for optimal performance as well as troubleshooting cases of unexpected memory usage, i.e. when you have MySQL Server using a lot more than you would expect based on your configuration settings.

Early in MySQL history, understanding memory usage details was hard and included a lot of guesswork.  Is it possible that some queries running require a large temporary table or allocated a lot of memory for stored user variables?  Are any stored procedures taking an unexpectedly high amount of memory? All could be reasons for excessive MySQL memory usage, but you would not easily see if that is just the case.

All that changed with MySQL 5.7, which added memory instrumentation in Performance Schema, and with MySQL 8.0, this instrumentation is enabled by default, so you can get this data from pretty much any running instance.

If you’re looking for current memory …

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CVE-2020-15180 – Affects Percona XtraDB Cluster

Galera replication technology, a key component of Percona XtraDB Cluster, suffered from a remote code execution vulnerability. Percona has been working with the vendor since early September on this issue and has made releases available to address the problem.

Applicability

A malicious party with access to the WSREP service port (4567/TCP) as well as prerequisite knowledge of the configuration of the Galera cluster name is required in order to exploit this vulnerability, which leads to remote code execution via the WSREP protocol. 

Fixes are available in Percona XtraDB Cluster versions:

>= 8.0.20-11.2

>= …

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Say Hello to Libcoredumper – A New Way to Generate Core Dumps, and Other Improvements

In a perfect world, we expect all software to run flawlessly and never have problems such as bugs and crashes. We also know that this perfect world doesn’t exist and we better be as prepared as possible to troubleshoot those types of situations. Historically, generating core dumps has been a task delegated to the kernel. If you are curious about how to enable it via Linux kernel, you can check out Getting MySQL Core file on Linux. There are a few drawbacks that pose either a limitation or a huge strain to get it working, such as:

  • System-wide configuration required. This is not something DBA always has access to.
  • Inability or very difficult to enable it for a specific binary only. Standards ways enable it for every software running on the box.
  • Nowadays, with cloud and containers, this task has become even …
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Using MySQL 8 Persisted System Variables

This blog discusses new features about the persisted system variables and how we can use it to make variable changes persistent. The MySQL server maintains system variables that control its operations. The dynamic variables used prior to the MySQL 8 release are not persistent and are reset upon restart. These variables can be changed at runtime using the SET statement to affect the operation of the current server instance but we have to manually update my.cnf config file to make them persistent. In many cases, updating my.cnf from the server-side is not a convenient option, and leaving the variable just updated dynamically reverts on the subsequent restart without any history.

Persisted system variables are one of the useful features introduced in MySQL 8. The new functionality helps DBAs update the variables dynamically and register them without touching the configuration files from the server-side.

How to Persist the Global …

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A First Glance at Amazon Aurora Serverless RDS

If you often deploy services in the cloud, you certainly, at least once, forgot to stop a test instance. I am like you and I forgot my share of these. Another mistake I do once in a while is to provision a bigger instance than needed, just in case, and forget to downsize it. While this is true for compute instances, it is especially true for database instances. Over time, this situation ends up adding a cost premium. In this post, we’ll discuss a solution to mitigate these extra costs, the use of the RDS Aurora Serverless service.

What is Amazon Aurora Serverless?

Since last spring, Amazon unveiled a new database related product: RDS Aurora Serverless. The aim of this new product is to simplify the management around Aurora clusters. It brings a likely benefit for the end users, better control over cost. Here are some …

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