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Are You Forcing MySQL to Do Twice as Many JOINs as Necessary?

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. Baron Schwartz This guest post is from our friends at Percona. They’re hosting Percona Live London from October 24-25, 2011. Percona Live is a two day summit with 100% technical sessions led by some …

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Explaining Indexes with a Library Metaphor

My favorite metaphor for explaining indexes is comparing them to index cards in an old library. In an old library, you used to (or still do) have index cards at the front desk which have …

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How many partitions can you have ?

I had an interesting case recently. The customer dealing with large MySQL data warehouse had the table which was had data merged into it with INSERT ON DUPLICATE KEY UPDATE statements. The performance was extremely …

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How (not) to find unused indexes

I’ve seen a few people link to an INFORMATION_SCHEMA query to be able to find any indexes that have low cardinality, in an effort to find out what indexes should be removed.  This method is …

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3 ways MySQL uses indexes

I often see people confuse different ways MySQL can use indexing, getting wrong ideas on what query performance they should expect. There are 3 main ways how MySQL can use the indexes for query execution, …

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A Second Rule of Thumb for Choosing Column Order in Indexes

A couple of weeks ago, Baron Schwartz wrote an interesting post describing a rule of thumb he sometimes uses to choose the order of columns in an index. In a nutshell, he recommends putting highly …

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How clustering indexes sometimes help UPDATE and DELETE performance

I recently posted a blog entry on clustering indexes, which are good for speeding up queries. Eric Day brought up the concern that clustering indexes might degrade update performance. This is often true, since any …

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Clustering indexes vs. Covering indexes

Yesterday, I (Zardosht) posted an entry introducing clustering indexes. Here, I elaborate on three differences between a clustering index and a covering index: Clustering indexes can create indexes that would otherwise bounce up against the …

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Should you name indexes while doing ALTER TABLE ?

MySQL Server does not require you to specify name of the index if you’re running ALTER TABLE statement – it is optional. Though what might be good practical reasons to specify the key name or …

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Duplicate indexes and redundant indexes

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 …

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