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Problems of Oracle's MySQL as an Open Source Product

In my previous summary blog post I listed 5 problems I see with the way Oracle handles MySQL server development. The first of them was that "Oracle does not develop MySQL server in a true open source way" and this is actually what I started my draft of that entire blog post with. Now it's time to get into details, as so far there was mostly fun around this and statements that MariaDB also could do better in the related Twitter discussion I had.

So, let me explain what forces me to think that Oracle is treating MySQL somewhat wrong for the open source product.

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On InnoDB Data Compression in MySQL

Another story that I've prepared back in April for my meeting with one of customers in London was a "compression story". We spent a lot of time on it in several support issues in the past, with only limited success.

In case of InnoDB tables, there are actually two ways to compress data (besides relying on filesystem compression or compressing individual columns at server or application side). Historically the first one was introduced by the Barracuda InnoDB file format and ROW_FORMAT=COMPRESSED it supported. Notable number of related bugs were reported with time, and it may be not that easy to identify them all (you can find current list of bugs tagged with "compression" …

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On Partitioning in MySQL

Back in April I was preparing for vacations that my wife and I planned to spend in UK. Among other things planned I wanted to visit a customer's office in London and discuss few MySQL and MariaDB related topics, let's call them "stories". I tried to prepare myself for the discussion and collected a list of known active bugs (what else could I do as MySQL entomologist) for each of them. Surely live discussion was not suitable to share lists of bugs (and for some "stories" they were long), so I promised to share them later, in my blog. Time to do what I promised had finally come!

One of the stories we briefly discussed was "partitioning story". Right now I can immediately identify at least 47 active MySQL bugs in the related …

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Fun with Bugs #68 - On MySQL Bug Reports I am Subscribed to, Part VII

Last time I reviewed my recent subscriptions to MySQL bugs it was April 1, 2018. I was busy working, blogging about other bugs, running random MTR tests on MySQL 8.0.11 and got two weeks of vacation since than. Now it's time to briefly review 20 recent bug reports (mostly for MySQL 8.0.11) I was interested in.

As usual, I start with most recent bug reports:

  • Bug #91010 - "WolfSSL build broken due to cmake typo". MySQL 8 can be compiled using wolfSSL according to the manual, but as Laurynas Biveinis found this is not the case in practice, and not only because of the typo in libutils.cmake. It seems …
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Fun with Bugs #67 - On Some Public Bugs Fixed in MySQL 8.0.11 GA

I stopped reviewing MySQL Release Notes for quite a some time, but major GA releases of MySQL do not happen often, so I decided to make an exception and write about some bugs from Community users fixed in MySQL 8.0.11 GA.

I'll start with good news about MySQL 8.0.11 GA! You can get sources at GitHub, and I had no problems to build on Fedora 27 on my good old QuadCore box, using the following cmake command line:
[openxs@fc23 mysql-server]$ cmake . -DCMAKE_BUILD_TYPE=RelWithDebInfo -DBUILD_CONFIG=mysql_release -DFEATURE_SET=community -DWITH_EMBEDDED_SERVER=OFF -DDOWNLOAD_BOOST=1 -DWITH_BOOST=/home/openxs/boost …

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Fun with Bugs #66 - On MySQL Bug Reports I am Subscribed to, Part VI

I have some free time today, but I am still lazy enough to work on numerous planned and pending "ToDo" kind of posts, so why not to continue review of older MySQL bugs I am subscribed to. Today I am going to list 15 more bugs reported more than a year ago and still not fixed:

  • Bug #85805 - "Incorrect ER_BAD_NULL_ERROR after LOAD DATA LOCAL INFILE". This detailed bug report by Tsubasa Tanaka stays "Verified" for more than a year already. It's a great example of gdb use for MySQL troubleshooting. Setting a couple of breakpoints may really help to understand how MySQL works and why some …
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Fun with Bugs #65 - On MySQL Bug Reports I am Subscribed to, Part V

I think it's time to review some bugs I've subscribed to several months ago, those older than in the first post from this series. There are several really serious bugs in the list of 15 below:

  • Bug #87560 - "XA PREPARE log order error in replication and binlog recovery". This bug was reported by Wei Zhao, who also provided patches.
  • Bug #87526 - "The output of 'XA recover convert xid' is not useful". This bug reported by Sveta Smirnova is well known and is a real pain for DBAs who have to deal with incomplete XA transactions after some crash or unexpected restart. Check  …
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Fun with Bugs #64 - On MySQL Bug Reports I am Subscribed to, Part IV

I've subscribed to more than 15 new MySQL bug reports since the previous post in this series, so it's time for a new one. I am trying to follow important, funny or hard to process bug reports every day. Here is the list of the most interesting recent ones starting from the latest (with several still not processed properly):

  • Bug #90211 - "Various warnings and errors when compiling MySQL 8 with Clang".  Roel Van de Paar and Percona in general continue their QA efforts in a hope to make MySQL 8 better. Current opinion of Oracle …
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Windows Tools for MySQL DBAs: Basic Minidump Analysis

"To a man with a hammer, everything looks like a nail."Even though I had written many posts explaining the use of gdb for various MySQL-related tasks, I have to use other OS level troubleshooting tools from time to time. Moreover, as MySQL and MariaDB are still supported and used under Microsoft Windows in production by customers I have to serve them there, and use Windows-specific tools sometimes. So, I decided to start a series of posts (that I promised to my great colleague Vladislav Vaintroub (a.k.a Wlad) who helped me a lot over years and actually switched my attention from Performance Schema towards debuggers) about different Windows tools for MySQL DBAs (and support engineers).

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Fun with Bugs #63 - On Bugs Detected by ASan

Among other things Geir Hoydalsvik stated in his nice post yesterday:
 "We’ve fixed a number of bugs detected by UBsan and Asan." This is indeed true, I already noted many related bugs fixed in recent MySQL 8.0.4. But I think that a couple of details are missing in the blog post. First of all, there still a notable number of bugs detected by ASan or noted in builds with ASan that remain "Verified". Second, who actually found and reported these bugs?

I decided to do a quick search and present my summary to clarify these details. Let me start with the list of "Verified" or "Open" bugs in public MySQL bugs database, starting from the oldest one:

  • Bug #69715 - "UBSAN: Item_func_mul::int_op() mishandles …
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