Category Archives: Insight for DBAs

The Q&A: Creating best-in-class backup solutions for your MySQL environment

Thank you for attending my July 15 webinar, “Creating Best in Class Backup solutions for your MySQL environment.” Due to the amount of content we discussed and some minor technical difficulties faced near the end …

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MySQL QA Episode 8: Reducing Testcases for Engineers: tuning reducer.sh

Welcome to MySQL QA Episode 8: Reducing Testcases for Engineers: tuning reducer.sh Advanced configurable variables & their default/vanilla reducer.sh settings FORCE_SKIPV FORCE_SPORADIC TIMEOUT_COMMAND & TIMEOUT_CHECK MULTI_THREADS MULTI_THREADS_INCREASE QUERYTIMEOUT STAGE1_LINES SKIPSTAGE FORCE_KILL Some examples FORCE_SKIPV/FORCE_SPORADIC TIMEOUT_COMMAND/TIMEOUT_CHECK …

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MySQL QA Episode 7: Reducing Testcases for Beginners – single-threaded reducer.sh!

Welcome to MySQL QA Episode #7 – Reducing Testcases for Beginners: single-threaded reducer.sh! In this episode we’ll learn how to use reducer.sh. Topics discussed; reducer.sh introduction/concepts Basic configurable variables & their default reducer.sh settings INPUTFILE options …

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MySQL QA Episode 6: Analyzing and Filtering

Welcome to MySQL QA Episode #6! Today we will look into analyzing and filtering our QA run. We’ll use tools like pquery-prep-red.sh, pquery-clean-known.sh & pquery-results.sh 1. Quick re-cap and QA run setup 2. pquery-prep-red.sh 3. …

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MySQL QA Episode 5: Preparing Your QA Run with pquery

Welcome to MySQL QA Episode #5! In this episode we’ll be setting up and running pquery for the first time… and I’ll also trigger some actual bugs (fun guaranteed)! I’ll also introduce you to mtr_to_sql.sh …

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How to create a rock-solid MySQL database backup & recovery strategy

Have you ever wondered what could happen if your MySQL database goes down? Although it’s evident such a crash will cause downtime – and surely some business impact in terms of revenue – can you …

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How to obtain the MySQL version from an FRM file

I recently helped a customer figure out why a minor version MySQL upgrade was indicating that some tables needed to be rebuilt. The mysql_upgrade program should be run for every upgrade, no matter how big …

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MySQL QA Episode 4: QA Framework Setup Time!

Welcome to MySQL QA Episode 4! In this episode we’ll look into setting up our QA Framework: percona-qa, pquery, reducer & more. 1. All about percona-qa 2. pquery

3. reducer.sh

4. Short introduction to …

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MySQL QA Episode 3: How to use the debugging tool GDB

Welcome to MySQL QA Episode 3: “Debugging: GDB, Backtraces, Frames and Library Dependencies” In this episode you’ll learn how to use debugging tool GDB. The following debugging topics are covered: 1. GDB Introduction 2. Backtrace, Stack …

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Getting EXPLAIN information from already running queries in MySQL 5.7

When a new version of MySQL is about to be released we read a lot of blog posts about the performance and scalability improvements. That’s good but sometimes we miss some small features that can …

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