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MySQL 5.6 Full Text Search Throwdown: Webinar Q&A

Yesterday (Oct. 22) I gave a presentation titled “MySQL 5.6 Full Text Search Throwdown.” If you missed it, you can still register to view the recording and my slides. Thanks to everyone who attended, and …

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Getting to know TokuDB for MySQL

During last April’s Percona Live MySQL Conference and Expo, TokuDB celebrated it’s first full-year as an open source storage engine. I still remember reading the official announcement and the expectations it created one year ago. The …

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10 MySQL settings to tune after installation

When we are hired for a MySQL performance audit, we are expected to review the MySQL configuration and to suggest improvements. Many people are surprised because in most cases, we only suggest to change a …

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The Optimization That (Often) Isn’t: Index Merge Intersection

Prior to version 5.0, MySQL could only use one index per table in a given query without any exceptions; folks that didn’t understand this limitation would often have tables with lots of single-column indexes on …

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What’s required to tune MySQL?

I got a serendipitous call (thanks!) yesterday asking what would be needed to tune[1] a database for better performance. It is a question that I hear often, but I never thought about answering it in …

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Query Planner Gotchas

Indexes can reduce the amount of data your query touches by orders of magnitude. This results in a proportional query speedup. So what happens when you define a nice set of indexes and you don’t …

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TokuDB FAQ

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Links to the FAQ Sections can be found here: General Information Open Source Technical Details Best Practices and Tools General Information ANY CHARACTER HERE 1.    What is TokuDB? TokuDB is an ACID compliant storage engine for …

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Avoiding Fragmentation with Fractal Trees

Summary B-trees suffer from fragmentation. Fragmentation causes headaches — in query performance and space used. Solutions, like dump and reload or OPTIMIZE TABLE are a pain and not always effective. Fractal trees don’t fragment. So …

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UDF -vs- MySQL Stored Function

Few days ago I was working on a case where we needed to modify a lot of data before pushing it to sphinx – MySQL did not have a function to do the thing so …

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When should you store serialized objects in the database?

A while back Friendfeed posted a blog post explaining how they changed from storing data in MySQL columns to serializing data and just storing it inside TEXT/BLOB columns. It seems that since then, the technique …

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