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Avoiding MySQL ALTER table downtime

MySQL table alterations can interrupt production traffic causing bad customer experience or in worst cases, loss of revenue. Not all DBAs, developers, syadmins know MySQL well enough to avoid this pitfall. DBAs usually encounter these …

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How to find bugs in MySQL

Finding bugs in MySQL is not only fun, it’s also something I have been doing the last four years of my life. Whether you want to become the next Shane Bester (who is generally considered …

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March 20 Webinar: How to Scale MySQL for Big Data Applications

You may think that you have to buy, install, and get up to speed on a new database if you want to work with large amounts of data, but you can do more than you …

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MySQL server memory usage troubleshooting tips

There are many blog posts already written on topics related to “MySQL server memory usage,” but nevertheless there are some who still get confused when troubleshooting issues associated with memory usage for MySQL. As a …

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Why MySQL could be slow with large tables ?

If you’ve been reading enough database related forums, mailing lists or blogs you probably heard complains about MySQL being unable to handle more than 1.000.000 (or select any other number) rows by some of the …

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Partitioning, Free Lunches, and Indexing

Why partition? Partitioning is a commonly touted method for achieving performance in MySQL and other databases. (See here, here, here and many other examples.) I started wondering where the performance from partitions comes from, and …

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