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How to Monitor MySQL with Percona’s Nagios Plugins

In this post, I’ll cover the new MySQL monitoring plugins we created for Nagios, and explain their features and intended purpose. I want to add a little context. What problem were we trying to solve …


How to debug long-running transactions in MySQL

Among the many things that can cause a “server stall” is a long-running transaction. If a transaction remains open for a very long time without committing, and has modified data, then other transactions could block …


MySQL Limitations Part 1: Single-Threaded Replication

I recently mentioned a few of the big “non-starter” limitations Postgres has overcome for specific use cases. I decided to write a series of blog posts on MySQL’s unsolved severe limitations. I mean limitations that …


Checking for a live database connection considered harmful

It is very common for me to look at a customer’s database and notice a lot of overhead from checking whether a database connection is active before sending a query to it. This comes from …


Pitfalls of converting to InnoDB

We often recommend to our clients to convert their current database from MyISAM tables to InnoDB. The transfer by itself in most cases is almost plain, however the application can be broken by new unexpected …


Test Drive of Solid

Not so long ago Solid released solidDB for MySQL Beta 3 so I decided now is time to take a bit closer look on new transactional engine for MySQL. While my far goal is the …


Percona XtraBackup 2.3.1-beta1 is now available

Percona is glad to announce the release of Percona XtraBackup 2.3.1-beta1 on May 20th 2015. Downloads are available from our download site here. This BETA release, will be available in Debian testing and CentOS testing …


Percona XtraBackup 2.2.9 is now available

Percona is glad to announce the release of Percona XtraBackup 2.2.9 on February 17, 2015. Downloads are available from our download site or Percona Software Repositories. Percona XtraBackup enables MySQL backups without blocking user queries, …


The future of MySQL quality assurance: Introducing pquery

Being a QA Engineer, how would you feel if you had access to a framework which can generate 80+ crashes – a mix of hitting developer introduced assertions (situations that should not happen), and serious unforeseen binary …


What happens when your application cannot open yet another connection to MySQL

Have you ever experienced a situation where one moment you can connect to the MySQL database and the next moment  you cannot, only to be able to connect again a second later? As you may …