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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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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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MySQL Support Engineer's Chronicles, Issue #3

The original idea of this series was to publish one post per week, but it seems every other week I have some special topic that well deserves a dedicated post. Last week I had no time to complete my writing because of long (and, I hope, useful) Howto post on replacing corrupted partition using non-corrupted one from other server in replication setup. But I had links and notes collected in a draft that I am going to complete now.

First of all, during the previous week I had time to submit two more talks for the  …

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How to Recover Corrupted InnoDB Partition Tablespace in Replication Setup

This week I've got a question that sounded basically like this:
"Is it possible to just copy the entire partition from the replicated server?"Let me share some background story. As it happens sometimes, user had a huge table with many partitions, let's say hundreds of gigabytes in size each, and one of them got unfortunately corrupted. It happened in a replication setup on master, but lucky they were, they had used innodb_file_per_table=1 and they had a slave that was more or less in sync with master. This allowed to reconfigure replication and continue to work, but the task remained to eventually put master back in use and get correct data in the corrupted partition. Let's assume that dumping and reloading data from one of instances in replication setup is not a desired option, as it will take too much time comparing to just copying the partition tablespace file. Hence the question above...
Side note: Let's assume …

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MySQL Support Engineer's Chronicles, Issue #2

It's time to continue my new series that I've started 2 weeks ago. I'd like to start with a reminder that it's time to send your talks for "MySQL and Friends Devroom" at FOSDEM 2017 - the only MySQL-related event next year that I plan to attend in any case. It seems we have one more week to submit, but I've already filled in all the details for the "main" talk, "Understanding MyRocks locks and deadlocks". I'd like to apply my usual source code reading and gdb breakpoints approach in case if by the end of January, 2017 official documentation still misses important details. Official MySQL …

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MySQL Support Engineer's Chronicles, Issue #1

I have a habit to keep a log of everything I work on (or even just read about while working) every day. It's just a plain text file, with date labels, where most lines are URLs of issues and bugs I contributed to somehow, and my comments on what I did and why. But there are also code fragments, texts, copy-pasted outputs and links to interesting sites, articles and documentation.

Some of lines from this log I post on Facebook separately as I add them, these are mostly related to MySQL bugs and other things that annoy me. I know that some of my Facebook friends actually do not like this kind of posts at all... When I used LiveJornal actively, I've posted digests of my log from time to time (you can check what was there if you read Russian). But that digests …

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Fun with Bugs #43 - Bugs Fixed in MySQL 5.7.13

For some reason I do not see numerous public announcements about recent MySQL 5.7.13 release, even though it happened a couple of days ago formally. Maybe that's because we do not have any really "big" new features in this release (new ->> operator for introduced though for those who, unlike me, care about JSON). Still there are many fixes for bugs previously reported by Community (or Oracle engineers, but still in public bugs database), and I'd like to discuss some of them.

Let me start with the bug that was NOT fixed though, Bug #81093, "mysqld_multi not included in mysql-community-server package", reported by Georgi Iovchev and …

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MySQL Support People - Directors, Managers and Coordinators

This post is devoted to my colleagues whose contribution to MySQL Support was really important, but mostly non-technical, that is, pure Directors, Managers and Coordinators, who hardly ever reported any bug in MySQL in public and had to step into the technical issues from customers mostly when we, engineers, failed to some extent:

  • Tom Basil - he hired me twice, first as a Director of Support in MySQL back in 2005 and then as a COO in Percona in 2012. Tom was a Director of Support and Development (thanks Salle for clarification) in MySQL since 2001 and he defined, to large extent, the Support culture I am proud to be a part and defender of till today. The approach to providing Support 24x7 by the international team of the best engineers working remotely from home and coordinated by one of them, playing the role of Support Shift …
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