November 26, 2014

Timezone and pt-table-checksum

I recently worked through an issue with a client trying to detect data drift across some servers that were located in different timezones.  Unfortunately, several of the tables had timestamp fields and were set to a default value of CURRENT_TIMESTAMP.  From the manual, here is how MySQL handles timezone locality with timestamp fields: Values for TIMESTAMP columns are […]

Introducing the “Version Check” Feature in Percona Toolkit

Recently there has been a storm of bugs and problems in all variants of MySQL including MySQL, Percona Server, and MariaDB. To list a few: MySQL 5.5.25 UPDATE on InnoDB table enters recursion, consumes all disk space All MariaDB and MySQL versions up to 5.1.61, 5.2.11, 5.3.5, 5.5.22 Security vulnerability in MySQL/MariaDB sql/password.c MySQL 5.1.61 […]

Introducing the pmp-check-mysql-status Nagios Plugin

Most of the Nagios plugins included with the Percona Monitoring Plugins are purpose-built for specific scenarios that I found in my research to be frequent, severe, or subtle causes of problems in MySQL systems. They are intentionally not generic because I wanted to focus on doing one thing with each plugin, and doing it excellently. […]

DBD::mysql 4.014 breaks pt-table-checksum 2.0

DBD::mysql 4.014 breaks pt-table-checksum 2.0.  The cause is unknown, but the effect is a lot of errors like: DBD::mysql::st execute failed: called with 2 bind variables when 6 are needed [for Statement “…” with ParamValues: …] at ./pt-table-checksum line 7216. The fix is simple: upgrade (or even downgrade) DBD::mysql to any version except 4.014. To […]

The relationship between Innodb Log checkpointing and dirty Buffer pool pages

This is a time-honored topic, and there’s no shortage of articles on the topic on this blog. I wanted to write a post trying to condense and clarify those posts, as it has taken me a while to really understand this relationship. Some basic facts Most of us know that writing into Innodb updates buffer […]

Verifying backup integrity with CHECK TABLES

An attendee to Espen’s recent webinar asked how to check tables for corruption. This kind of ties into my recent post on InnoDB’s handling of corrupted pages, because the best way to check for corruption is with CHECK TABLES, but if a page is corrupt, InnoDB will crash the server to prevent access to the […]

Checking the subset sum set problem with set processing

Hi, Here is an easy way to run the subset sum check from SQL, which you can then distribute with Shard-Query:

Notice there is no 16 in the list. We did not pass the check. There are enough 15s though. The distinct value count for each item in the output set, must at least […]

How to syntax-check your my.cnf file

For a long time I’ve used a little trick to check whether there are syntax errors in a server’s my.cnf file. I do this when I need to shut down and restart the server, and I’ve either made changes to the file, or I’m worried that someone else has done so. I don’t want to […]

Checking for a live database connection considered harmful

It is very common for me to look at a customer’s database and notice a lot of overhead from checking whether a database connection is active before sending a query to it. This comes from the following design pattern, written in pseudo-code:

Many of the popular development platforms do something similar to this. Two […]

check-unused-keys: A tool to interact with INDEX_STATISTICS

With the growing adoption of Google’s User Statistics Patch**, the need for supporting scripts has become clear. To that end, we’ve created check-unused-keys, a Perl script to provide a nicer interface than directly querying the INFORMATION_SCHEMA database.