Insight for DBAs

MySQL QA Episode 10: Reproducing and Simplifying: How to get it Right

Welcome to the 10th episode in the MySQL QA series! Today we’ll talk about reproducing and simplifying: How to get it Right. Note that unless you are a QA engineer stuck on a remote, and additionally difficult-to-reproduce or difficult-to-reduce bug, this episode will largely be non-interesting for you. However, what you may like to see […]

MySQL QA Episode 9: Reducing Testcases for Experts: multi-threaded

Welcome to MySQL QA Episode 9. This episode will go more in-depth into Reducing Testcases for Experts: multi-threaded We will explore how to use to do true multi-threaded testcase reduction – a world’s first. Topics: Expert configurable variables & their default settings PQUERY_MULTI PQUERY_MULTI_THREADS PQUERY_MULTI_CLIENT_THREADS PQUERY_MULTI_QUERIES PQUERY_REVERSE_NOSHUFFLE_OPT Full-screen viewing @ 720p resolution […]

MySQL QA Episode 8: Reducing Testcases for Engineers: tuning

Welcome to MySQL QA Episode 8: Reducing Testcases for Engineers: tuning Advanced configurable variables & their default/vanilla 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 Full-screen viewing @ 720p resolution recommended.

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

Welcome to MySQL QA Episode #7 – Reducing Testcases for Beginners: single-threaded! In this episode we’ll learn how to use Topics discussed; introduction/concepts Basic configurable variables & their default settings INPUTFILE options MODE=x TEXT=”text” WORKDIR_LOCATION & WORKDIR_M3_DIRECTORY MYEXTRA MYBASE PQUERY_MOD & PQUERY_LOC MODE5_COUNTTEXT, MODE5_ADDITIONAL_TEXT & MODE5_ADDITIONAL_COUNTTEXT How to learn more about each […]

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, & 1. Quick re-cap and QA run setup 2. 3. 4. 5. Bonus: pquery reach – We’ll also introduce the tool which extracts a most-specific text string […]

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 and (the main wrapper around pquery) is capable of generating 80-120 MySQL Server crashes – per hour! See how […]

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


4. Short introduction to pquery framework tools The tools introduced in this episode will be covered further in next two episodes. Full-screen viewing @ […]

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 trace 3. Frames 4. Commands & Logging 5. Variables 6. Library dependencies 7. c++filt 8. Handy references – GDB Cheat […]

Playing with Percona XtraDB Cluster in Docker

Like any good, thus lazy, engineer I don’t like to start things manually. Creating directories, configuration files, specify paths, ports via command line is too boring. I wrote already how I survive in case when I need to start MySQL server (here). There is also the MySQL Sandbox which can be used for the same […]

MySQL QA Episode 2: Build a MySQL server – Git, Bazaar, Compiling & Build tools

Welcome to MySQL QA Episode 2: Build a MySQL Server – Git, Bazaar (bzr), Compiling, and Build Tools In this episode you’ll learn how to build Percona Server and/or MySQL Server for QA purposes & more in this short 25 minute tutorial. In HD quality (set your player to 720p!) To watch the other episodes […]