September 22, 2014

MySQL VIEW as performance troublemaker

I start to see applications being built utilizing VIEWs functionality which appeared in MySQL 5.0 and quite frequently VIEWs are used to help in writing the queries – to keep queries simple without really thinking how it affects server performance. Even worse than that – looking at the short table which just gets single row […]

Query_cache and column level privileges

Recently we were puzzled by question how query_cache works with column level privileges. The question was appeared as we discovered function query_cache_send_result_to_client is called before real parsing of query, so at the moment of execution the query_cache is not able to know which columns are accessed. Looking into source code I found out that in […]

More Gotchas with MySQL 5.0

Working on large upgrade of MySQL 4.1 running Innodb to MySQL 5.0 and doing oprofile analyzes we found very interesting issue of buf_get_latched_pages_number being responsible for most CPU usage. It did not look right. The close look revealed this is the function which is used to compute number of latched pages in Innodb Buffer Pool, […]

MySQL 5.0 Community Edition Regression

It is true you might be better of being unaware about problems, because in this case you might not run into them Just couple of days ago Kaj Arno told me there are issues reported with SHOW PROFILE patch available in latest MySQL Community Edition and I’ve been troubleshooting customer affected by one of these […]

Using CHAR keys for joins, how much is the overhead ?

I prefer to use Integers for joins whenever possible and today I worked with client which used character keys, in my opinion without a big need. I told them this is suboptimal but was challenged with rightful question about the difference. I did not know so I decided to benchmark. The results below are for […]

Innodb Second Start prevention bug ?

I filed the following bug today. Basically it looks like in certain conditions Innodb may be started twice in the parallel on the same data files which can hurt database badly. It is true it does not seems to be 100% repeatable but I’ve seen it multiple times in different environments. I’m not sure if […]

MySQL 4 to MySQL 5 Upgrade performance regressions

This week I already had two serious performance regression cases when upgrading from MySQL 4.0 and 4.1 to MySQL 5.0. By serious I mean several times performance difference not just 5-10% you often see for simple queries due to generally fatter code. The problem in both cases was MySQL 5.0 broken group commit bug. First […]

MySQL Installation and upgrade scripts.

I generally find MySQL Sever sufficiently tested, meaning at least minor version upgrades rarely cause the problems. Of course it is not perfect and I remember number of big issues when some releases could not be used due to behavior changes in them and when something had to be rolled back in the next release. […]

MySQL Replication and Slow Queries

I just filed a bug regarding slow queries executed by replication thread are not being logged to the slow query log. This is not a big deal but it is ugly little gotcha which I think few people know about. It is especially bad if you’re using tools to analyze slow query log to find […]

Integers in PHP, running with scissors, and portability

Until recently I thought that currently popular scripting languages, which mostly evolved over last 10 years or something, must allow for easier portability across different platforms compared to ye good olde C/C++. After all, their development started a few decades after C, so its notorious caveats are all well-known and should be easy to avoid […]