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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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Optimizing Percona XtraDB Cluster for write hotspots

Some applications have a heavy write workload on a few records – for instance when incrementing a global counter: this is called a write hotspot. Because you cannot update the same row simultaneously from multiple …

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Is 80% of RAM how you should tune your innodb_buffer_pool_size?

It seems these days if anyone knows anything about tuning InnoDB, it’s that you MUST tune your innodb_buffer_pool_size to 80% of your physical memory. This is such prolific tuning advice, it seems engrained in many …

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MySQL indexing 101: a challenging single-table query

We discussed in an earlier post how to design indexes for many types of queries using a single table. Here is a real-world example of the challenges you will face when trying to optimize queries: …

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Keep your MySQL data in sync when using Tungsten Replicator

MySQL replication isn’t perfect and sometimes our data gets out of sync, either by a failure in replication or human intervention. We are all familiar with Percona Toolkit’s pt-table-checksum and pt-table-sync to help us check …

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