pt-mext - Look at many samples of MySQL SHOW GLOBAL STATUS side-by-side.


Usage: pt-mext [OPTIONS] – COMMAND

pt-mext columnizes repeated output from a program like mysqladmin extended.

Get output from mysqladmin:

pt-mext -r -- mysqladmin ext -i10 -c3"

Get output from a file:

pt-mext -r -- cat mysqladmin-output.txt


The following section is included to inform users about the potential risks, whether known or unknown, of using this tool. The two main categories of risks are those created by the nature of the tool (e.g. read-only tools vs. read-write tools) and those created by bugs.

pt-mext is a read-only tool. It should be very low-risk.

At the time of this release, we know of no bugs that could cause serious harm to users.

The authoritative source for updated information is always the online issue tracking system. Issues that affect this tool will be marked as such. You can see a list of such issues at the following URL:

See also “BUGS” for more information on filing bugs and getting help.


pt-mext executes the COMMAND you specify, and reads through the result one line at a time. It places each line into a temporary file. When it finds a blank line, it assumes that a new sample of SHOW GLOBAL STATUS is starting, and it creates a new temporary file. At the end of this process, it has a number of temporary files. It joins the temporary files together side-by-side and prints the result. If the “-r” option is given, it first subtracts each sample from the one after it before printing results.


-r Relative: subtract each column from the previous column.


This tool does not use any environment variables.


This tool requires the Bourne shell (/bin/sh) and the seq program.


For a list of known bugs, see

Please report bugs at Include the following information in your bug report:

* Complete command-line used to run the tool

* Tool “–version”

* MySQL version of all servers involved

* Output from the tool including STDERR

* Input files (log/dump/config files, etc.)

If possible, include debugging output by running the tool with PTDEBUG; see “ENVIRONMENT”.


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Baron Schwartz


This tool is part of Percona Toolkit, a collection of advanced command-line tools developed by Percona for MySQL support and consulting. Percona Toolkit was forked from two projects in June, 2011: Maatkit and Aspersa. Those projects were created by Baron Schwartz and developed primarily by him and Daniel Nichter, both of whom are employed by Percona. Visit for more software developed by Percona.


pt-mext 1.0.2

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