Percona Server and XtraBackup Weekly News, April 18th

Last week wasn’t so active in terms of new development, because many of us were at the MySQL conference, of course. However, we did push out the XtraBackup 1.6 release, and began work on backporting some features from MySQL 5.6 to 5.1 for a certain large customer. Several of the features we’ve added in 5.0 and 5.1 are reimplemented in MySQL 5.6, which is great. It means that we can backport Oracle’s code and we don’t have to maintain these features ourselves anymore.

The MySQL conference, and to some extent the Collaborate conference, was a great meeting for a lot of developers. Many meetings had attendees from Oracle, Percona, MariaDB, and Drizzle developers. Some events had participation from senior management in the various companies. There were also a lot of productive meetings with large customers who use MySQL. I take these all together as a sign that the pace of MySQL development could continue to accelerate in the future.

In specific Percona Server news items,

  • We are fixing and backporting multiple purge thread support from 5.6 to 5.1, to replace the similar feature we have had in Percona Server for a while. I usually don’t report specific bugs, but we found a bug in 5.1’s purge-thread functionality that I think is of interest to some fork maintainers:
  • Some other backports are in progress or in the request queue, but I don’t see any notice of progress on internal weekly reports or the mailing list, so I won’t speculate.

In XtraBackup news,

  • We released XtraBackup 1.6, with many improvements! We recommend everyone to upgrade to it.
  • Alexey Kopytov ported XtraBackup to Windows.

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