Announcing "MySQL Essentials" Training

Are you having problems getting up to speed on MySQL? Are you asking yourself “Is there a hands-on training course we can send a developer/system admin to learn MySQL?”. In response, at 42SQL we have put together two new training courses, MySQL Essentials and MySQL Operations.

MySQL Essentials Training Details

With MySQL Essentials we tackle the core essentials that a developer/system admin/junior DBA would require in order to support an initial development environment that uses MySQL. Essentials training teaches the following skills:

  • Which version of MySQL to use (including the various different variants and patches available)
  • Backup, retention, and recovery strategies
  • Configuration and Monitoring of MySQL
  • Optimal schema and data objects configuration management
  • more information here

We are now accepting registrations for MySQL Essentials training being held on April 1st – 2nd in New York, and April 6th – 7 th in Washington DC.

About the presenter

Ronald Bradford is a two-decade veteran with extensive database experience in MySQL, Oracle and Ingres. His expertise covers data architecture, software development, migration, performance analysis and production system implementations. With ten years experience in MySQL, his involvement in the MySQL ecosystem has included working as Senior Consultant with MySQL Inc, speaker at four MySQL Conferences, and creator of the “MySQL for Oracle DBA’s” one-day workshop. Ronald holds MySQL Certifications including DBA 5.0, Developer 5.0 and MySQL Cluster 5.1.

The art of looking at the actual SQL statements

It’s a shame that MySQL does not provide better granularity when you want to look at all SQL statements being executed in a MySQL server. I canvas that you can with the general log, but the inherit starting/stopping problems in 5.0, improved in 5.1, but I would still like to see the option on a per connection basis, or even a time period. MySQL Proxy can provide a solution here but also with some caveats.

You should however in a NON production environment, take the time to enable the general log and look the SQL Statements. Prior to looking at the SQL, monitoring of the GLOBAL STATUS variables combined with Statpack revealed the following in a 1 minute interval.

                                         Statement Activity

                     SELECT:           16,042                   267.37                8,177,050 (46.03%)
                     INSERT:            5,838                    97.30                1,826,616 (10.28%)
                     UPDATE:            1,109                    18.48                  738,546 (4.16%)
                     DELETE:            2,018                    33.63                1,374,983 (7.74%)
                    REPLACE:                0                     0.00                        0 (0.00%)
          INSERT ... SELECT:                0                     0.00                       27 (0.00%)
         REPLACE ... SELECT:                0                     0.00                        0 (0.00%)
               Multi UPDATE:                0                     0.00                        0 (0.00%)
               Multi DELETE:                0                     0.00                        0 (0.00%)
                     COMMIT:            5,708                    95.13                2,161,232 (12.17%)
                   ROLLBACK:            5,746                    95.77                3,485,828 (19.62%)

If you notice the last 2 lines, some 19% of statements executed on the server are ROLLBACK. Further analysis of the schema shows mainly Innodb tables (good as COMMIT and ROLLBACK are supported), but also some MyISAM tables.

The following is a snippet from the general log.

                     23 Query       select 1
                     23 Query       INSERT INTO JMS_TRANSACTIONS (TXID) values(17719)
                     23 Query       UPDATE JMS_MESSAGES SET TXID=17719, TXOP='D' WHERE MESSAGEID=16248 AND DESTINATION='QUEUE.receivemail'
                     23 Query       commit
                     23 Query       rollback
                     23 Query       select 1
                     23 Query       DELETE FROM JMS_MESSAGES WHERE TXID=17719 AND TXOP='D'
                     23 Query       DELETE FROM JMS_TRANSACTIONS WHERE TXID = 17719
                     23 Query       commit
                     23 Query       rollback

This turns out to be most interesting. These tables are use by Java Messaging Service but I observed three points.

  • the ‘select 1′ is effectively a ping test to confirm the connection is still valid. MySQL provides a more lightweight COM_PING. It would be good to know if this environment using JBoss could support that.
  • There is a ‘ROLLBACK’ after every command, totally redundant, and most likely part of higher level framework.
  • The ‘COMMIT’ is used in conjunction with a number of statements, however when I mentioned earlier some tables were MyISAM, these were the JMS tables, so in this situation the commit is useless as this is not a transactional storage engine.

A number of decisions are needed to correct this problem, however the point of raising this is, always look at the your SQL.

Watching a slave catchup

This neat one line command can be of interest when you are rebuilding a MySQL slave and replication is currently catching up.

$ watch --interval=1 --differences 'mysql -uuser -ppassword -e "SHOW SLAVE STATUS\G"'

You will see the standard SHOW SLAVE STATUS output, but the watch command presents an updated view every second, and highlights differences. This can be useful in a background window to keep an eye on those ‘Seconds Behind Master’.

*************************** 1. row ***************************
             Slave_IO_State: Waiting for master to send event
                Master_User: slave
                Master_Port: 3306
              Connect_Retry: 60
            Master_Log_File: mysql-bin.000626
        Read_Master_Log_Pos: 88159239
             Relay_Log_File: slave-relay.000005
              Relay_Log_Pos: 426677632
      Relay_Master_Log_File: mysql-bin.000621
           Slave_IO_Running: Yes
          Slave_SQL_Running: Yes
                 Last_Errno: 0
               Skip_Counter: 0
        Exec_Master_Log_Pos: 426677495
            Relay_Log_Space: 2714497549
            Until_Condition: None
              Until_Log_Pos: 0
         Master_SSL_Allowed: No
      Seconds_Behind_Master: 24131