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Fun With Bugs #50 - On Bugs Tagged as "missing manual"

Back in January 2014, some time after many nice people kindly asked me to shut up stop writing about MySQL bugs on Facebook several times per day, I decided to start reading the fine MySQL Manual more carefully than before and report not only typos there, but also any topic or detail not properly explained. Usually these reports, tagged as "missing manual", were the result of careful study of the documentation based on real user question or customer issue. So, most of these reports came from real life, and missing information badly affected poor MySQL users.

Today, for this issue #50 in my series of posts about MySQL bugs, I decided to list and …

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Testing MyRocks vs InnoDB Performance Using sysbench 1.x oltp_point_select.lua

It seems MyRocks is going to become a hot topic in April 2017. Previously (here and there) I tried to compare its performance and scalability vs InnoDB from MySQL 5.7.17 using test case from famous bug #68079. It's an interesting case that took a lot of efforts from Oracle to make InnoDB scale properly, and InnoDB (on my QuadCore box at least, others reported different results on other hardware in comments) still outperformed MyRocks. But maybe it's corner case that is not a big deal in general?

Earlier this month I decided to give MyRocks another chance and try it with "industry-standard" benchmarks, like those provided by

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Fun with Bugs #49 - Applying PMP to MySQL

As you maybe noted, in several recent posts I've provided some additional details for slides used during my FOSDEM talk on profiling MySQL. The only part not covered yet is related to using Poor Man's Profiler (and pt-pmp version of it). I see no reason to explain what it does and how to use it once again, but would like to show several recent enough MySQL bug reports where this tool was essential to find, explain or demonstrate the problem.

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MySQL Support Engineer's Chronicles, Issue #5

A lot of time passed since my previous post in this series. I was busy with work, participating in FOSDEM, blogging about profilers and sharing various lists of MySQL bugs. But I do not plan to stop writing about my usual weeks of doing support engineer's job. So, time for the next post in this series, based on my random notes taken during the week here and there.

This week started for me with checking recent MySQL bug reports (actually I do it every day). …

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Fun with Bugs #48 - Group Replication Bugs and Missing Features as of MySQL 5.7.17

It seems recent post on Group Replication by Vadim caused an interesting discussion on Facebook. I am NOT going to continue it here, but decided to present some facts, specifically, list of public bug reports and feature requests for Group Replication (mostly "Verified", that is, accepted by Oracle engineers as valid) as of MySQL 5.7.17 (where the feature is promoted as GA), with just few comments to some of the bugs.

The goal is to double check this post when next Oracle MySQL 5.7.x release appears, to find out how much Oracle carews to fix the problems already identified by MySQL Community.

So, here are the bugs and feature requests in …

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More on MyRocks Performance for Bug #68079 Case

My previous post on MyRocks was intended to provide some background details for a couple of slides for my FOSDEM talk on profiling MySQL. The results and performance demonstrated by MyRocks vs InnoDB from MySQL 5.7.17 were not really important to show how perf helps to understand where the time was spent while executing of one specific query vs the other (with the same results, but different plan), but they still caused a lot of comments from people who care, so I decided to double check and clarify few more details.

First of all, it was …

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Profiling MyRocks with perf: Good Old Bug #68079 Use Case

Almost a year ago I've got really interested in MyRocks and built MySQL from Facebook that provides it from source. Since that time I build it from fresh sources few times per week (as I've described in that post) and once in a while try to work with it and study some details or use cases. Today I'd like to discuss one of them that I've recently studied with perf profiler.

This is not only because I am going to talk about applying profilers to all kinds and forks of MySQL at FOSDEM 2017 MySQL & Friends …

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perf Basics for MySQL Profiling

Oprofile was widely used for MySQL profiling on Linux in the past. But since 2010 and 2.6.31 Linux kernels another profiler, perf, gets increasing popularity. It uses performance counters (CPU hardware registers that count hardware events such as instructions executed) subsystem in Linux. perf is capable of lightweight profiling. It is included in the Linux kernel, under tools/perf (so features available depends on kernel version), and is frequently updated and enhanced.

So, probably perf is the future of profiling on Linux and it makes sense to discuss its basic usage for profiling MySQL servers. For detailed discussions of features provided, numerous examples (not related to MySQL) and links I suggest to read …

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Fun with Bugs #47 - On Some Bugs Found Using oprofile

Users had to identify the reasons for MySQL performance problems somehow well before famous Performance Schema appeared in MySQL 5.5.3, and even before Domas invented his Poor Man's Profiler. Poor users had to use some OS-level tools, and among these tools the most important one was, probably, oprofile.

oprofile is a system-wide statistical profiling tool for Linux available since 2001 and 2.4.x kernels. It was applied to MySQL for many …

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Fun with Bugs #46 - On Some Bugs I've Reported During the Year of 2016

It's time to summarize the year of 2016. As a kind of a weird summary, in this post I'd like to share a list of MySQL bug reports I've created in 2016 that are still remaining "Verified" today:

  • Bug #79831 - "Unexpected error message on crash-safe slave with max_relay_log_size set". According to Umesh this is not repeatable with 5.7. The fact that I've reported the bug on January 4 probably means I was working at that time. I should not repeat this mistake again next year.
  • Bug #80067 - "Index on BIT column is NOT used when column name only is used in WHERE clause". People say the same problem happens with INT and, what may be even less expected, BOOLEAN columns.
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