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Duplicate indexes and redundant indexes

 | August 17, 2006 |  Posted In: Insight for DBAs

About every second application I look at has some tables which have redundant or duplicate indexes so its the time to speak about these a bit. So what is duplicate index ? This is when table has multiple indexes defined on the same columns. Sometimes it is indexes with different names, sometimes it is different […]

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MySQL: Followup on UNION for query optimization, Query profiling

 | August 14, 2006 |  Posted In: Insight for Developers

Few days ago I wrote an article about using UNION to implement loose index scan. First I should mention double IN also works same way so you do not have to use the union. So changing query to:

So as you see there are really different types of ranges in MySQL. IN range allows […]

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Database problems in MySQL/PHP Applications

 | August 11, 2006 |  Posted In: Insight for Developers

Article about database design problems is being discussed by Kristian. Both article itself and responce cause mixed feellings so I decided it is worth commenting: 1. Using mysql_* functions directly This is probably bad but I do not like solutions proposed by original article ether. PEAR is slow as well as other complex conectors. I […]

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MySQL Server Upgrade

 | August 11, 2006 |  Posted In: Insight for DBAs

Today I’ve upgraded MySQL Server on the host running MySQL Performance Blog. MySQL 4.1.12 was running here for well over a year before that. Why Have not I upgraded before ? Well because it just worked fine. Yes I know there were some security fixes but I have dedicated server with remote MySQL access closed […]

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MySQL Performance Forums

 | August 10, 2006 |  Posted In: Events and Announcements

I’m happy to announce availability of MySQL Performance Forums on MySQL Performance Blog. This forum is created as free alternative to MySQL Consulting Services which we provide. If you would like to get some free help to your performance issues please use forums so everyone else could benefit from our replies. You also should get […]

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Cache Performance Comparison

 | August 9, 2006 |  Posted In: Insight for Developers

Jay Pipes continues cache experiements and has compared performance of MySQL Query Cache and File Cache. Jay uses Apache Benchmark to compare full full stack, cached or not which is realistic but could draw missleading picture as contribution of different components may be different depending on your unique applications. For example for application containing a […]

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Caching techinques

 | August 8, 2006 |  Posted In: Insight for Developers

Recently Jay Pipes published great article about lazy connecting and caching which reminded me my post on this matter is well overdue. Let me start with couple of comments about Jays article. First – caching in files should be used with caution. It may be very efficient especially if number of cached objects is small […]

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Innodb Double Write

 | August 4, 2006 |  Posted In: Insight for DBAs

One of very interesting techniques Innodb uses is technique called “doublewrite” It means Innodb will write data twice when it performs table space writes – writes to log files are done only once. So why doublewrite is needed ? It is needed to archive data safety in case of partial page writes. Innodb does not […]

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