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State of Planet MySQL: unhealthy !

Also, the state of bugs.mysql.com: unhealthy (last paragraph below, but this would be too long a title).

I have been complaining for some time about Planet MySQL filtering content that I think it should not.  Shlomi made a courageous decision on this and explained it in his recent post (Pulling his blog out of Planet MySQL aggregator, over community concerns).  I am thinking of doing the same. 

A Legacy Behavior of MySQL Corrupting Restored Backups (replicate-same-server-id = OFF)

In my previous post (Puzzled by MySQL Replication), I describe a weird, but completely documented, behavior of replication that had me scratching my head for hours because it was causing data corruption.  I did not give too many details then as I also wanted allowing you to scratch your head if you wished.  In this post, I describe this behavior in more details.

But first I need to apologize to

MySQL Optimizer: Naughty Aberrations on Queries Combining WHERE, ORDER BY and LIMIT

Sometimes, the MySQL Optimizer chooses a wrong plan, and a query that should execute in less than 0.1 second ends-up running for 12 minutes !  This is not a new problem: bugs about this can be traced back to 2014, and a blog post on this subject was published in 2015.  But even if this is old news, because this problem recently came yet again to my attention, and because this is still not fixed in MySQL 5.7 and 8.0, this is a subject worth writing about.

The MySQL Optimizer

Before looking at the problematic query, we have to say a few words about the optimizer.  The Query Optimizer is the part of query execution that chooses the query plan.  A Query Execution Plan is the way MySQL chooses to execute a specific query.  It …

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Care with using the max_connections beta database flag on CloudSQL...

War story of the day: do not use — or be very careful when using — the max_connections beta database flag on CloudSQL... because it has many bugs.

I was hit by this today: we set the max_connections flag to 8000 on a primary server a few days ago, we had a failover last night, and the flag was not set on the replica (bug #1).

Update 2019-05-03: there is another bug (bug #1.5).  If you set the

MySQL 8.0 allows unprivileged user access to its data if table mysql.user does not exists

Yesterday my Percona colleague Ceri Williams found a nasty bug in MySQL 8.0. Its twin for Percona Server reported at PS-5431.

He was installing MySQL Server 8.0 having not supported option in his configuration file. Thus initialization failed, but, surprisingly, the subsequent restart was successful and he was able to create, modify and delete tables in his MySQL installation. In other words: he got full access to the database. But he did not create any user account yet!

This new instance of MySQL Server did not have privilege tables, particularly …

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Care when changing MASTER_DELAY with CHANGE MASTER TO (delayed replication)

A few days ago, I stepped into a trap !  This made me lose time for fixing things (and even more for writing this post...).  In the hope that you will avoid my mistake, I am sharing this war story.  I also obviously opened a bug, more about this below.

TL&DR: be careful when using CHANGE MASTER TO MASTER_DELAY = N: it might wipe your relay logs !

As written in the TL&DR, running CHANGE MASTER 

Visualizing the MySQL Bug Tide (2018 edition)

I've updated the bug tide graph I made in 2016 with today's data. The source code and details are here.

Why Optimization derived_merge can Break Your Queries

Lately, I worked on several queries which started returning wrong results after upgrading MySQL Server to version 5.7 The reason for the failure was derived merge optimization which is one of the default

optimizer_switch

  options. Issues were solved, though at the price of performance, when we turned it

OFF

 . But, more importantly, we could not predict if any other query would start returning incorrect data, to allow us to fix the application before it was too late. Therefore I tried to find reasons why

derived_merge

  can fail. Analyzing the problem

In the first run, we turned SQL Mode

ONLY_FULL_GROUP_BY

on, and this removed most of the problematic queries. That said, few of the queries that were successfully working with

ONLY_FULL_GROUP_BY

  were affected.

A quick search in the …

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MySQL 8.0 GA: Quality or Not?

What does Anton Ego – a fictional restaurant critic from the Pixar movie Ratatouille – have to do with MySQL 8.0 GA?

When it comes to being a software critic, a lot.

In many ways, the work of a software critic is easy. We risk very little and thrive on negative criticism, which is fun to read and write.

But what about those who give their many hours of code development, and those who have tested such code before release? How about the many people behind the scenes who brought together packaging, documentation, multiple hours of design, marketing, online resources and more?

And all of that, I might add, is open source! Free for the world to take, copy, adapt and even incorporate in full or in part into their own open development.

It is in exactly that area that the …

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MySQL adjustment bureau


When maintainng any piece of software, we usually deal with two kind of actions:

  • bug fixing,
  • new features.

bugs and features

A bug happens when there is an error in the software, which does not behave according to the documentation or the specifications. In short, it's a breech of contract between the software maintainer and the users. The promise, i.e. the software API that was published at every major version, is broken, and the software must be reconciled with the expectations and fixed, so that it behaves again as the documentation says. When we fix a bug in this way, we increment the revision number of the software version (e.g. 1.0.0 to 1.0.1. See semantic …

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