Q: Does MySQL support ACID? A: Yes

I was recently asked this question by an experienced academic at the NY Oracle Users Group event I presented at.

Does MySQL support ACID? (ACID is a set of properties essential for a relational database to perform transactions, i.e. a discrete unit of work.)

Yes, MySQL fully supports ACID, that is Atomicity, Consistency, Isolation and Duration. (*)

This is contrary to the first Google response found searching this question which for reference states “The standard table handler for MySQL is not ACID compliant because it doesn’t support consistency, isolation, or durability”.

The question is however not a simple Yes/No because it depends on timing within the MySQL product’s lifecycle and the version/configuration used in deployment. What is also *painfully* necessary is to understand why this question would even be asked of the most popular open source relational database.

MySQL has a unique characteristic of supporting multiple storage engines. These engines enabling varying ways of storing and retrieving data via the SQL interface in MySQL and have varying features for supporting transactions, locking, index strategies, compression etc. The problem is that the default storage engine from version 3.23 (1999) to 5.1 (2010) was MyISAM, a non-transactional engine, and hence the first point of confusion.

The InnoDB storage engine has been included and supported from MySQL 3.23. This is a transactional engine supporting ACID properties. However, not all of the default settings in the various MySQL versions have fully meet all ACID needs, specifically the durability of data. This is the second point of confusion. Overtime other transactional storage engines in MySQL have come and gone. InnoDB has been there since the start so there is no excuse to not write applications to fully support transactions. The custodianship of Oracle Corporation starting in 2010 quickly corrected this *flaw* by ensuring the default storage engine in MySQL 5.5 is InnoDB. But the damage to the ecosystem that uses MySQL, that is many thousands of open source projects, and the resources that work with MySQL has been done. Recently working on a MySQL 5.5 production system in 2016, the default engine was specifically defined in the configuration defined as MyISAM, and some (but not all tables) were defined using MyISAM. This is a further conversation as to why, is this a upgrade problem? Are there legacy dependencies with applications? Are the decision makers and developers simply not aware of the configuration? Or, are developers simply not comfortable with transactions?

Like other anti-reasonable MySQL defaults the unaware administrator or developer could consider MySQL as supporting ACID properties, however until detailed testing with concurrency and error conditions not realize the impact of poor configuration settings.

The damage of having a non-transactional storage engine as the default for over a decade has created a generation of professionals and applications that abuses one of the primary usages of a relational database, that is a transaction, i.e. to product a unit for work that is all or nothing. Popular open source projects such as WordPress, Drupal and hundreds more have for a long time not supported transactions or used InnoDB. Mediawiki was at least one popular open source project that was proactive towards InnoDB and transaction usage. The millions of plugins, products and startups that build on these technologies have the same flaws.

Further confusion arises when an application uses InnoDB tables but does not use transactions, or the application abuses transactions, for example 3 different transactions that should really be 1.

While newer versions of MySQL 5.6 and 5.7 improve default configurations, until these versions a more commonly implemented non-transactional use in a relational database will remain. A recent Effective MySQL NYC Meetup survey showed that installations of version 5.0 still exist, and that few have a policy for a regular upgrade cadence.

Do you control your database outages?

Working with a client last week I noted in my analysis, “The mysql server was restarted on Thursday and so the [updated] my.cnf settings seems current”. This occurred between starting my analysis on Wednesday and delivering my findings on Friday.

# more /var/lib/mysql/ip-104-238-102-213.secureserver.net.err
160609 17:04:43 [Note] /usr/sbin/mysqld: Normal shutdown

The client however stated they did not restart MySQL and would not do that at 5pm which is still a high usage time of the production system. This is unfortunately not an uncommon finding, that a production system had an outage and that the client did not know about it and did not instigate this.

There are several common causes and the “DevOps” mindset for current production systems has made this worse.

  • You have managed hosting and they perform software updates with/without your knowledge. I have for example worked with several Rackspace customers and there would be an outage because Rackspace engineers decided to apply an upgrade at a time that suited them, not their customers.
  • You have chosen automate updates for your Operating System.
  • Your developers update the software when they like.
  • You are using a 3rd party product that is making an arbitrary decision.

In this case the breadcrumbs lead to the last option, that cPanel is performing this operation as hinted by the cPanel specific installed MySQL binaries.

$ rpm -qa | grep -i mysql
cpanel-perl-522-MySQL-Diff-0.43-1.cp1156.x86_64
MySQL55-devel-5.5.50-1.cp1156.x86_64
MySQL55-client-5.5.50-1.cp1156.x86_64
cpanel-perl-522-DBD-mysql-4.033-1.cp1156.x86_64
compat-MySQL50-shared-5.0.96-4.cp1136.x86_64
MySQL55-server-5.5.50-1.cp1156.x86_64
cpanel-mysql-libs-5.1.73-1.cp1156.x86_64
MySQL55-shared-5.5.50-1.cp1156.x86_64
MySQL55-test-5.5.50-1.cp1156.x86_64
compat-MySQL51-shared-5.1.73-1.cp1150.x86_64
cpanel-mysql-5.1.73-1.cp1156.x86_64

Also note that cPanel still uses MySQL 5.1 shared libraries.

So why did cPanel perform not one shutdown, but two in immediate succession? The first was 17 seconds, the second was 2 seconds. Not being experienced with cPanel I cannot offer an answer for this shutdown occurance. I can for others which I will detail later.

160609 17:04:24 [Note] /usr/sbin/mysqld: Normal shutdown
...
160609 17:04:28 [Note] /usr/sbin/mysqld: Shutdown complete
...
160609 17:04:41 [Note] /usr/sbin/mysqld: ready for connections.
...
160609 17:04:43 [Note] /usr/sbin/mysqld: Normal shutdown
...
160609 17:04:45 [Note] /usr/sbin/mysqld: ready for connections.
...

And why did the customer not know about the outage? If you use popular SaaS monitoring solutions such as New Relic and Pingdom you would not have been informed because these products have a sampling time of 60 seconds. I use these products along with Nagios on my personal blog site as they provide adequate instrumentation based on the frequency of usage. I would not recommend these tools as the only tools used in a high volume production system simply because of this one reason. In high volume system you need sampling are much finer granularity.

So just when you were going to justify that 17 seconds while unexpected is tolerable, I want to point out that this subsequently occurred and the outage was over 4 minutes.

160619 11:58:07 [Note] /usr/sbin/mysqld: Normal shutdown
...
160619 12:02:26 mysqld_safe Starting mysqld daemon with databases from /var/lib/mysql
...

An analysis of the MySQL error log which is correctly not rolled as I always recommend showed a pattern of regular MySQL updates, from 5.5.37 thru 5.5.50. This is the most likely reason a 3rd party product has performed a database outage, to perform a software update at their choosing, not yours.

150316  3:54:11 [Note] /usr/sbin/mysqld: ready for connections.
Version: '5.5.37-cll'  socket: '/var/lib/mysql/mysql.sock'  port: 3306  MySQL Community Server (GPL)

150316  3:54:22 [Note] /usr/sbin/mysqld: ready for connections.
Version: '5.5.37-cll'  socket: '/var/lib/mysql/mysql.sock'  port: 3306  MySQL Community Server (GPL)

150316 19:07:31 [Note] /usr/sbin/mysqld: ready for connections.
Version: '5.5.37-cll'  socket: '/var/lib/mysql/mysql.sock'  port: 3306  MySQL Community Server (GPL)

150317  2:05:45 [Note] /usr/sbin/mysqld: ready for connections.
Version: '5.5.40-cll'  socket: '/var/lib/mysql/mysql.sock'  port: 3306  MySQL Community Server (GPL)

150317  2:05:54 [Note] /usr/sbin/mysqld: ready for connections.
Version: '5.5.40-cll'  socket: '/var/lib/mysql/mysql.sock'  port: 3306  MySQL Community Server (GPL)

150319  1:17:26 [Note] /usr/sbin/mysqld: ready for connections.
Version: '5.5.42-cll'  socket: '/var/lib/mysql/mysql.sock'  port: 3306  MySQL Community Server (GPL)

150319  1:17:34 [Note] /usr/sbin/mysqld: ready for connections.
Version: '5.5.42-cll'  socket: '/var/lib/mysql/mysql.sock'  port: 3306  MySQL Community Server (GPL)

150616  1:39:44 [Note] /usr/sbin/mysqld: ready for connections.
Version: '5.5.42-cll'  socket: '/var/lib/mysql/mysql.sock'  port: 3306  MySQL Community Server (GPL)

150616  1:39:52 [Note] /usr/sbin/mysqld: ready for connections.
Version: '5.5.42-cll'  socket: '/var/lib/mysql/mysql.sock'  port: 3306  MySQL Community Server (GPL)

151006  1:01:45 [Note] /usr/sbin/mysqld: ready for connections.
Version: '5.5.45-cll'  socket: '/var/lib/mysql/mysql.sock'  port: 3306  MySQL Community Server (GPL)

151006  1:01:54 [Note] /usr/sbin/mysqld: ready for connections.
Version: '5.5.45-cll'  socket: '/var/lib/mysql/mysql.sock'  port: 3306  MySQL Community Server (GPL)

151027  1:21:12 [Note] /usr/sbin/mysqld: ready for connections.
Version: '5.5.46-cll'  socket: '/var/lib/mysql/mysql.sock'  port: 3306  MySQL Community Server (GPL)

160105  1:31:35 [Note] /usr/sbin/mysqld: ready for connections.
Version: '5.5.47-cll'  socket: '/var/lib/mysql/mysql.sock'  port: 3306  MySQL Community Server (GPL)

160211  1:52:47 [Note] /usr/sbin/mysqld: ready for connections.
Version: '5.5.48-cll'  socket: '/var/lib/mysql/mysql.sock'  port: 3306  MySQL Community Server (GPL)

160211  1:52:55 [Note] /usr/sbin/mysqld: ready for connections.
Version: '5.5.48-cll'  socket: '/var/lib/mysql/mysql.sock'  port: 3306  MySQL Community Server (GPL)

160503  1:14:59 [Note] /usr/sbin/mysqld: ready for connections.
Version: '5.5.49-cll'  socket: '/var/lib/mysql/mysql.sock'  port: 3306  MySQL Community Server (GPL)

160503  1:15:03 [Note] /usr/sbin/mysqld: ready for connections.
Version: '5.5.49-cll'  socket: '/var/lib/mysql/mysql.sock'  port: 3306  MySQL Community Server (GPL)

160521 18:46:24 [Note] /usr/sbin/mysqld: ready for connections.
Version: '5.5.49-cll'  socket: '/var/lib/mysql/mysql.sock'  port: 3306  MySQL Community Server (GPL)

160522 11:51:45 [Note] /usr/sbin/mysqld: ready for connections.
Version: '5.5.49-cll'  socket: '/var/lib/mysql/mysql.sock'  port: 3306  MySQL Community Server (GPL)

160529 15:26:41 [Note] /usr/sbin/mysqld: ready for connections.
Version: '5.5.49-cll'  socket: '/var/lib/mysql/mysql.sock'  port: 3306  MySQL Community Server (GPL)

160529 15:30:12 [Note] /usr/sbin/mysqld: ready for connections.
Version: '5.5.49-cll'  socket: '/var/lib/mysql/mysql.sock'  port: 3306  MySQL Community Server (GPL)

160604 23:29:15 [Note] /usr/sbin/mysqld: ready for connections.
Version: '5.5.49-cll'  socket: '/var/lib/mysql/mysql.sock'  port: 3306  MySQL Community Server (GPL)

160609 17:04:41 [Note] /usr/sbin/mysqld: ready for connections.
Version: '5.5.50-cll'  socket: '/var/lib/mysql/mysql.sock'  port: 3306  MySQL Community Server (GPL)

160609 17:04:45 [Note] /usr/sbin/mysqld: ready for connections.
Version: '5.5.50-cll'  socket: '/var/lib/mysql/mysql.sock'  port: 3306  MySQL Community Server (GPL)

160619 12:21:58 [Note] /usr/sbin/mysqld: ready for connections.
Version: '5.5.50-cll'  socket: '/var/lib/mysql/mysql.sock'  port: 0  MySQL Community Server (GPL)

What is intriguing from this analysis is that several versions were skipped including .38, .39, .41, .43, .44. One may ask the question why?

For Clients

This leads to several questions of the strategy used in your organization for controlling outages of your MySQL infrastructure for upgrades or for other reasons.

  • What is an acceptable outage time?
  • What is the acceptable maintenance window to perform outages?
  • What is your release cadence for MySQL upgrades?
  • Who or what performs updates?
  • Can your monitoring detect small outages?

You should also consider in your business strategy having a highly available (HA) MySQL infrastructure to avoid any outage, or application intelligence to support varying levels of data access as I describe in Successful MySQL Scalability Principles.

Understanding the MySQL Release Cadence

At the recent New York Oracle Users Group summer general meeting I gave a presentation to the Oracle community on the MySQL product release cycle. Details included:

  • Identifying the server product options covering community, enterprise and ecosystem.
  • Describe MySQL enterprise products, features and support options.
  • Describing the DMR, RC, GA, EOL and labs product lifecycle.
  • Discussing the GA release frequency.
  • Talking about the MySQL Upgrade path.

Utilizing OpenStack Trove DBaaS for deployment management

Trove is used for self service provisioning and lifecycle management for relational and non-relational databases in an OpenStack cloud. Trove provides a RESTful API interface that is same regardless of the type of database. CLI tools and a web UI via Horizon are also provided wrapping Trove API requests.

In simple terms. You are a MySQL shop. You run a replication environment with daily backups and failover capabilities which you test and verify regularly. You have defined DBA and user credentials ACL’s across dev, test and prod environments. Now there is a request for using MongoDB or Cassandra, the engineering department has not decided but they want to evaluate the capabilities. How long as a operator does it take to acquire the software, install, configure, setup replication, backups, ACLs and enable the engineering department to evaluate the products?

With Trove DBaaS this complexity is eliminated due to a consistent interface to perform the provisioning, configuration, HA, B&R, ACL across other products the exact same way you perform these tasks for MySQL. This enables operations to be very proactive to changing technology requests supporting digital transformation strategies.

Enabling this capability is not an automatic approval of a new technology stack. It is important that strategic planning, support and management is included in the business strategy to understanding the DBaaS capability for your organization. Examples of operations due diligence would include how to integrate these products into your monitoring, logging and alerting systems. Determine what additional disk storage requirements may be needed. Test, verify and time recovery strategies.

Trove specifically leverages several other OpenStack services for source image and instance management. Each trove guest image includes a base operating system, the applicable database software and a database technology specific trove guest agent. This agent is the intelligence that knows the specific syntax and version needs to perform the tasks. The agent is also the communication mechanism between Trove and the running nova instance.

Trove is a total solution manager for the instance running your chosen database. Instances have no ssh, telnet or other general access. The only access is via the SQL communication via the defined ports, e.g. 3306 for MySQL.

The Trove lifecycle management covers the provisioning, management, security, configuration and tuning of your database. Amrith Kumar in a recent presentation at the NYC Postgres meetup provides a good description of the specifics.

Trove is capable of describing and supporting clustering and replication topologies for the various data stores. It can support backup and restore, failover and resizing of clusters without the operator needing to know the specific syntax of complexities of a database product they are unfamiliar with.

A great example is the subtle difference in MySQL replication management using GTID’s between MySQL and MariaDb. To the developer, the interaction between MySQL and MariaDB via SQL is the same, the management of a replication topology is not identical, but is managed by the Trove guest agent. To the operator, the management is the same.

Also in his presentation, Kumar described Tesora, an enterprise class Trove service provided with a number of important additional features. Tesora supports additional database products including Oracle and DB2Express as well as commercial versions for Oracle MySQL, EnterpriseDB, Couchbase, Datastax, and mongoDB. Using the Horizon UI customizations with pre-defined trove instances greatly reduces the work needed for operators and deployers to build there own.

Understanding the DBaaS capability for your organization

As your organization transforms to embrace the wealth of digital information that is becoming available, the capability to store, manage and consume this data in any given format or product becomes an increasing burden for operations.

How does your organization handle the request, “I need to use product Z to store data for my new project?” There are several responses I have experienced first-hand with clients.

  1. Enforce the company policy that Products O and S are all that can be used.
  2. Ignore the request.
  3. Consider the request, but antagonize your own internal organization with long wait times (e.g. months or years) and with repeated delays to evaluate a product you simply do not want to support.
  4. Do whatever the developers say, they know best.

Unfortunately I have seen too many organizations use the first three options as the answer. The last option you make consider as a non valid answer however I have also seen this prevalent when there is no operations team or strategic technical oversight.

Ignorance of the question only leads to a greater pressure point at a later time. This may be when your executive team now enforces the requirement with their timetable. I have seen this happen and with painful ramifications. With the ability to consume public cloud resources with only access to a credit card, development resources can now proceed unchecked more easily if ignored or delayed. When a successful proof of concept is produced this way and now a more urgent need is required to deploy, support and manage, the opportunity to have a positive impact on the design decision of a new data product has passed.

Using DBaaS is one enabling tool within a strategic business model for your organization to satisfy this question with greater control. This however is not the solution but rather one tool combined with applicable processes. In order to scope the requirements for the original question, your model also needs to consider the following:

  • Provisioning capabilities
  • Strategic planning and insight
  • Support and management
  • Release criteria

Provisioning

This is the strength of DBaaS. Operations can enable development to independently provision resources and technology with little additional impeding dependency. There is input from operations to enable varying products to be available by self servicing, however there is also some control. DBaaS can be viewed as a controlled and flexible enabler. A specific example is an organization that uses the MySQL relational database, and now a developer wishes to use the MongoDB NoSQL unstructured store. An operator may cringe at the notion of a lack of data consistency, structure data query access or performance capabilities. These are all valid points, however those are discussions at a strategic level discussion your workflow pipeline and should not be an impediment to iterate quickly. Without oversight, to iterate quickly can lead to unmanageable outcomes.

Strategic Planning

There always needs to be oversight combined with applicable strategy. A single developer stating they want to use the new product Z for a distribution key/value store needs to be vetted first within the engineering organization and its own developer peers. If another project is already using Product Y that has the same core data access and features, this burden of an additional product support should be a self contained discussion validating the need first.

This is one strength of a good engineering manager that balances the requirements of the business needs and objectives with the capabilities of the resources available, including staff, tools and technology. Applicable principles put in place should also ensure that some aspect of planning is instilled into the development culture.

Support and Management

The development and engineering resources rarely consider the administration and support required for the suite of products and services used in an organization. The emphasis is on feature development and customer requirements, not the sustainability, longevity and security of any system. Operational support is a long list of needs, just a few include:

  • Information security.
  • Information availability.
  • Service level agreements (SLAs) between partners, service providers and the internal organization
  • The backup ecosystem, time taken, consistency, point-in-time recovery, testing and verification, cost of H/W, S/W, licenses.
  • Internet connectivity.
  • Capacity planning and cost analysis of storing and archiving ever increasing sources of data.
  • Hardware and software upgrades.

Two way communication which is often overlooked is the start of better understanding. That is, operations being included and involved in strategic development planning, and engineering resources included in operations needs and requirements for ensuring those new product features operate for the benefit of customers. In summary, “bridging the communication chasm”.

DevOps is an abused term, this implies that developers now perform a subset of responsibilities of Operations. As an individual that has worked in both development teams and lead operations teams, your resources skills, personality, rational thinking and decision making needs are vastly different between an engineering task and a production operations task.

Developers need to live a 24 hour day (with the unnecessary 3am emergency call) in the shoes of an operator. The reverse is also true, however the ramifications to business continuity are not the same. Just one factor, the cost, or more specifically the loss to the business due to a production failure alters the decision making process. Failure can be anything from a hardware or connectivity problem, bad code that was released to a data breach.

Release Criteria

If an organization has a strong (and flexible) policy on release criteria, all parties from the stack-holder, executive, engineering, operations and marketing should be able to contribute to the discussion and decision for a new product, and applicable in-house or third-party support. This discussion is not a pre-requisite for any department or developer to iterate quickly, however it is pre-requisite to migrate from a proof-of-concept prototype to a supported feature. Another often overlooked criteria in the pursuit for rapid deployment of new features which are significantly more difficult to remove after publication.

Expired MySQL passwords

I was surprised to find on one of my websites the message “Connect failed: Your password has expired. To log in you must change it using a client that supports expired passwords.

Not knowing that I was using a MySQL password expiry policy I reviewed the 5.7 documentation quickly which *clearly* states “The default default_password_lifetime value is 0, which disables automatic password expiration.”.

I then proceeded to investigate further, my steps are below the following comment.

However, it is always important with MySQL documentation and a new feature (in this case a 5.7 feature) to review release notes when installing versions or to least read ALL the documentation, because you may miss important information, such as.

Note:
From MySQL 5.7.4 to 5.7.10, the default default_password_lifetime value is 360 (passwords must be changed approximately once per year). For those versions, be aware that, if you make no changes to the default_password_lifetime variable or to individual user accounts, all user passwords will expire after 360 days, and all user accounts will start running in restricted mode when this happens. Clients…

I would encourage you to view the MySQL password expiry policy to see the full note. I have only include the intro here are a teaser, because you need to read the entire note.

Analysis

Back to impatient analysis steps.

$ mysql -u admin -p 
*********

SELECT VERSION();
+-----------+
| VERSION() |
+-----------+
| 5.7.9-log |
+-----------+

SHOW GLOBAL VARIABLES LIKE 'default_p%';
+---------------------------+-------+
| Variable_name             | Value |
+---------------------------+-------+
| default_password_lifetime | 360   |
+---------------------------+-------+


SELECT host,user,password_last_changed 
FROM mysql.user
WHERE password_last_changed + INTERVAL @@default_password_lifetime DAY < CURDATE();
+-----------+--------------+-----------------------+
| host      | user         | password_last_changed |
+-----------+--------------+-----------------------+
| localhost | XXX          | 2014-12-01 12:53:36   |
| localhost | XXXXX        | 2014-12-01 12:54:04   |
| localhost | XX_XXXX      | 2015-06-04 11:01:11   |
+-----------+--------------+-----------------------+

Indeed there are some passwords that have expired.

After finding the applicable application credentials I looked at verifying the problem.

$ mysql -uXX_XXXX -p
*******************
Enter password: 
Welcome to the MySQL monitor.  Commands end with ; or \g.
Server version: 5.7.9-log

mysql>

Interesting, there was no error to make a client connection, however.

mysql> use XXXX;
ERROR 1820 (HY000): You must reset your password using ALTER USER statement before executing this statement.

I then proceeded to change the password with the applicable hint shown.

ALTER USER XX_XXXX@localhost IDENTIFIED BY '*************************';

I chose to reuse the same password because changing the password would require a subsequent code change. MySQL accepted the same password. (A topic for a separate discussion on this point).

A manual verification showed the application and users operating as it should be, so immediate loss of data was averted. Monitoring of the sites home page however did not detect this problem of a partial page error, so should a password expiry policy be used, an applicable check in a regularly scheduled operational task is a good feature request.

All of this could have been avoided if my analysis started with reading the documentation and the note (partly shown above) which has an alternative and potentially more practical immediate solution.

In a firefighting operational mode it can be a priority to correct the problem, however more detailed analysis is prudent to maintain a "Being proactive rather than reactive" mindset. Being a Friday, I feel the old saying "There is more than one way to skin a cat" is applicable.

I am also more familiar with the SET PASSWORD syntax, so reviewing this 5.7 manual page is also a good read to determine what specific syntax is now deprecated and what "ALTER USER is now the preferred statement for assigning passwords" also.

Oracle OpenStack leveraging MySQL Cluster and Docker

At Oracle Openworld this year, Oracle OpenStack Release 2 was announced. This Kilo based distribution included some new deployment features not see in other OpenStack distros including the use of Kolla, Docker and MySQL Cluster. The press release states “First commercially available OpenStack implementation completely packaged as Docker instances”.

Using Docker to containerize each component of services is a very convenient means of dev/test/prod management. Your single node developer environment gets HA automatically, you can easily deploy to two or more management nodes varying services, and they look and act just like your production environment. I have often struggled with developing in OpenStack either with single project environments, creating a devstack, a previously installed 3 node physical server deployment which takes up room and power in my office, and also comparing other single node solutions including Canonical and Mirantis. I am often left to using online services such as Mirantis Express, TryStack and HP Cloud to more easily evaluate the end product, but without any access to the operating cloud under the covers.

It is an interesting move to using MySQL Cluster. I liked this announcement. This is a very robust Master/Master MySQL compatible product that starts with a High Availability implemented through a shared nothing architecture. You get the benefit of dynamic adding of data shards as your system grows. However MySQL Cluster is a very different product under the covers. For those familiar with managing MySQL server a different set of skills are required, starting with the concept of a management node, data nodes and SQL nodes and the different ways to manage, monitor and triage. MySQL Cluster is effectively an in-memory solution so this will require some additional sizing considerations especially for production deployments. Your backup/recovery/disaster recovery strategy will also change. All of this administration exists for MySQL Cluster, it is just different. If you only use MySQL server these are new skills to master. As an expert in MySQL server and having not used MySQL Cluster for at least 7 years, I cannot provide an insights for example of the use of common monitoring tools (including newer SaaS offerings). Still, MySQL Cluster is an extremely stable and production ready product, that scales to millions of QPS easily. Using this as a HA solution gives you a rock solid base which is what you need first.

While I attended a number of sessions and took the Hands On Lab for Oracle OpenStack the proof is having a running local environment. My next post will talk about my experiences installing.

References

Managing MySQL Version Upgrades Presentation

The following presentation was given at the Oracle Technology Network (OTN) Latin America 2015 tour events in Uruguay, Argentina, Chile and Peru.

In this presentation I talk about the various versions and means of installing and upgrading MySQL including:

  • MySQL version history from 3.23 to 5.7.8
  • Historical installation options
  • Recommended use of Oracle yum repository for current version
  • The installation and upgrade process, and errors that occur
  • Compatibility changes between MySQL 5.5 and MySQL 5.6 including
    • Reserved words (and their true impact)
    • Legacy TIMESTAMP usage
    • FULLTEXT indexes
    • The query optimizer
    • Clear text password warnings and security improvements
  • Important configuration differences
  • Other recommendations
  • The use of replication

Testing and Verifying your MySQL Backup Strategy Presentation

This past week I have been the sole MySQL representative on the Oracle Technology Network (OTN) Latin America 2015 tour events in Uruguay, Argentina, Chile and Peru.

In this presentation I talk about the important steps for testing and verifying your MySQL backup strategy to ensure your business continuity in any disaster recovery situation. This includes:

  • Overview of the primary product options
  • Backup and recovery strategy considerations
  • Technical requirements
  • Common problems observed
  • What about a failover strategy

My thoughts on Architecture and Software Development with MySQL

Yesterday I was able to present to the Portland MySQL Users Group two presentations that are important foundations for effective development with MySQL.

With 26 years of architectural experience in RDBMS and 16 years of MySQL knowledge, my extensive exposure to large and small companies from consulting has lead to these presentations containing common obstacles I have seen an help organization with. All that can be easily avoided. The benefits of improved development and better processes leads to better quality software, better performance and a lower cost of ownership, that is saving companies money.

Thanks to Emily and Daniel for organizing and New Relic for hosting.

Percona Live Presentation: MySQL Security Essentials

The slides for my MySQL Security Essentials presentation at Percona Live 2015 MySQL Conference and Expo are now available.

In this presentation I discuss just how insecure legacy versions of MySQL are and what are the essential requirements for securing your installation on disk, via network and with user privileges. I provide recommendations for how to manage application access for your most important data asset.

This presentation describes the key security improvements in MySQL 5.6 and MySQL 5.7 as well as additional features provided in MariaDB 10.0 and 10.1 supporting roles and encryption.

I have also included slides for how easy it is to Hack MySQL and examples of denial of service attacks that are possible with even limited MySQL access.

Percona Live Presentation: Improving Performance With Better Indexes

The slides for my Improving Performance With Better Indexes presentation at Percona Live 2015 MySQL Conference and Expo are now available.

In this presentation I discuss how to identify, review and analyze SQL statements in order to create better indexes for your queries. This includes understanding the EXPLAIN syntax and how to create and identify covering and partial column indexes.

This presentation is based on the work with a customer showing the 95% improvement of a key 15 table join query running 15,000 QPS in a 25 billion SQL statements per day infrastructure.

As mentioned, Explaining the MySQL Explain is an additional presentation that goes into more detail for learning how to read Query Execution Plans (QEP) in MySQL.

Updating MySQL on Ubuntu 12.04 LTS to MySQL 5.6

The Ubuntu 12.04.3 LTS release only provides MySQL 5.1 and MySQL 5.5 using the default Ubuntu package manager.

Oracle (owners of the MySQL(tm)) now provide Debian/Ubuntu APT repositories for all GA and DMR versions of MySQL including supporting Ubuntu 12.04.

The following steps demonstrate upgrading from the Ubuntu 5.5 server package to the Oracle 5.6 server package.

Verify MySQL Packages

$ apt-cache search mysql-server
mysql-server - MySQL database server (metapackage depending on the latest version)
mysql-server-5.5 - MySQL database server binaries and system database setup
mysql-server-core-5.5 - MySQL database server binaries
auth2db - Powerful and eye-candy IDS logger, log viewer and alert generator
cacti - Frontend to rrdtool for monitoring systems and services
torrentflux - web based, feature-rich BitTorrent download manager

Verify MySQL on Server

$  dpkg -l | grep mysql
ii  libdbd-mysql-perl                      4.020-1build2                                       Perl5 database interface to the MySQL database
ii  libmysqlclient-dev                     5.5.34-0ubuntu0.12.04.1                             MySQL database development files
ii  libmysqlclient18                       5.5.34-0ubuntu0.12.04.1                             MySQL database client library
ii  mysql-client-5.5                       5.5.31-0ubuntu0.12.04.1                             MySQL database client binaries
ii  mysql-client-core-5.5                  5.5.34-0ubuntu0.12.04.1                             MySQL database core client binaries
ii  mysql-common                           5.5.34-0ubuntu0.12.04.1                             MySQL database common files, e.g. /etc/mysql/my.cnf
ii  mysql-server-5.5                       5.5.31-0ubuntu0.12.04.1                             MySQL database server binaries and system database setup
ii  mysql-server-core-5.5                  5.5.31-0ubuntu0.12.04.1                             MySQL database server binaries
ii  php5-mysqlnd                           5.3.10-1ubuntu3.8                                   MySQL module for php5 (Native Driver)

Results may vary based on dependencies.

Checking the MySQL error log (as it’s the right good practice to always do)

$ sudo tail -50 /var/log/mysql/error.log
150402 16:02:49 [Note] Plugin 'FEDERATED' is disabled.
150402 16:02:49 InnoDB: The InnoDB memory heap is disabled
150402 16:02:49 InnoDB: Mutexes and rw_locks use GCC atomic builtins
150402 16:02:49 InnoDB: Compressed tables use zlib 1.2.3.4
150402 16:02:49 InnoDB: Initializing buffer pool, size = 1.0G
150402 16:02:49 InnoDB: Completed initialization of buffer pool
150402 16:02:49 InnoDB: highest supported file format is Barracuda.
150402 16:02:49  InnoDB: Waiting for the background threads to start
150402 16:02:50 InnoDB: 5.5.31 started; log sequence number 20079278867
150402 16:02:50 [Note] Server hostname (bind-address): '127.0.0.1'; port: 3306
150402 16:02:50 [Note]   - '127.0.0.1' resolves to '127.0.0.1';
150402 16:02:50 [Note] Server socket created on IP: '127.0.0.1'.
150402 16:02:50 [Note] Event Scheduler: Loaded 0 events
150402 16:02:50 [Note] /usr/sbin/mysqld: ready for connections.
Version: '5.5.31-0ubuntu0.12.04.1'  socket: '/var/run/mysqld/mysqld.sock'  port: 3306  (Ubuntu)

A check shows that this is not the most current version available of 5.5 using the Ubuntu packages.

$ apt-cache show mysql-server-5.5
Package: mysql-server-5.5
Priority: optional
Section: database
Installed-Size: 31947
Maintainer: Ubuntu Developers 
Original-Maintainer: Debian MySQL Maintainers 
Architecture: amd64
Source: mysql-5.5
Version: 5.5.41-0ubuntu0.12.04.1
...

Package: mysql-server-5.5
Status: install ok installed
Priority: optional
Section: database
Installed-Size: 31950
Maintainer: Ubuntu Developers 
Architecture: amd64
Source: mysql-5.5
Version: 5.5.31-0ubuntu0.12.04.1
...

Just to be consistent with keeping current versions, you may choose to update MySQL 5.5 to the current available version.

$ sudo apt-get install mysql-server-5.5
...

Installing Oracle APT Packaging

The recommended documented way to move to using the Oracle repo is:

cd /tmp
# See https://dev.mysql.com/downloads/repo/apt/ for your right distro version
wget https://dev.mysql.com/get/mysql-apt-config_0.3.3-2ubuntu12.04_all.deb
sudo dpkg -i mysql-apt-config*.deb

This unfortunately uses a cursors based interface which is not something you automate for production systems and not the approach I would suggest.

So doing what this does

echo "deb http://repo.mysql.com/apt/ubuntu/ precise mysql-apt-config
deb http://repo.mysql.com/apt/ubuntu/ precise mysql-5.6" | sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/mysql.list
curl -s http://ronaldbradford.com/mysql/mysql.gpg | sudo apt-key add -
sudo apt-get update

Now we can look at available versions.


$ apt-cache search mysql-server
mysql-server-5.5 - MySQL database server binaries and system database setup
mysql-server-core-5.5 - MySQL database server binaries
auth2db - Powerful and eye-candy IDS logger, log viewer and alert generator
cacti - Frontend to rrdtool for monitoring systems and services
torrentflux - web based, feature-rich BitTorrent download manager
mysql-community-server - MySQL Server
mysql-server - MySQL Server meta package depending on latest version

This is where life gets a little confusing. Because Ubuntu supported MySQL 5.1 (as mysql-server) and MySQL 5.5 (as mysql-server-5.5) it can be misleading.

$ apt-cache show mysql-server
$ apt-cache show mysql-server
Package: mysql-server
Source: mysql-community
Version: 5.6.23-1ubuntu12.04
Architecture: amd64
Maintainer: MySQL Release Engineering 
Installed-Size: 46
Depends: mysql-community-server (= 5.6.23-1ubuntu12.04)
Homepage: http://www.mysql.com/
Priority: optional
Section: database
Filename: pool/mysql-5.6/m/mysql-community/mysql-server_5.6.23-1ubuntu12.04_amd64.deb
Size: 11644
SHA256: 1cb166cd230d2a4daca761ea80f2f34ee1fc0c92aaae972c914d81746f235d63
SHA1: 63548c852d5faeda751fbf038c0799fbbeac9905
MD5sum: da2f709a29a7cac97c834e6e69929891
Description: MySQL Server meta package depending on latest version
 The MySQL(TM) software delivers a very fast, multi-threaded, multi-user,
 and robust SQL (Structured Query Language) database server. MySQL Server
 is intended for mission-critical, heavy-load production systems as well
 as for embedding into mass-deployed software. MySQL is a trademark of
 Oracle. This is a meta package that depends on the latest mysql server
 package available in the repository.

Package: mysql-server
Priority: optional
Section: database
Installed-Size: 114
Maintainer: Ubuntu Developers 
Original-Maintainer: Debian MySQL Maintainers 
Architecture: all
Source: mysql-5.5
Version: 5.5.41-0ubuntu0.12.04.1
...

We are looking to ensure the Maintainer is the Official Release.

Upgrading to MySQL 5.6

sudo service mysql stop
ps -ef | grep mysql
sudo apt-get install -y mysql-server
$ sudo apt-get install -y mysql-server
...
The following extra packages will be installed:
  mysql-client mysql-common mysql-community-client mysql-community-server
The following packages will be REMOVED:
  mysql-client-5.5 mysql-client-core-5.5 mysql-server-5.5 mysql-server-core-5.5
The following NEW packages will be installed:
  mysql-client mysql-community-client mysql-community-server mysql-server
The following packages will be upgraded:
  mysql-common
...
Configuration file `/etc/mysql/my.cnf'
 ==> Modified (by you or by a script) since installation.
 ==> Package distributor has shipped an updated version.
   What would you like to do about it ?  Your options are:
    Y or I  : install the package maintainer's version
    N or O  : keep your currently-installed version
      D     : show the differences between the versions
      Z     : start a shell to examine the situation
 The default action is to keep your current version.
*** my.cnf (Y/I/N/O/D/Z) [default=N] ? N
...
Installing new version of config file /etc/apparmor.d/usr.sbin.mysqld ...
2015-04-02 16:53:07 0 [Warning] Using unique option prefix key_buffer instead of key_buffer_size is deprecated and will be removed in a future release. Please use the full name instead.
2015-04-02 16:53:07 0 [Warning] TIMESTAMP with implicit DEFAULT value is deprecated. Please use --explicit_defaults_for_timestamp server option (see documentation for more details).
150402 16:53:14 mysqld_safe Can't log to error log and syslog at the same time.  Remove all --log-error configuration options for --syslog to take effect
...

You may think the process is completed, but it is not. Always, Always check the error log. Have you checked your MySQL error log today?

$ sudo tail -300 /var/log/mysql/error.log
...
2015-04-02 16:53:14 20429 [Warning] Buffered warning: Changed limits: table_cache: 431 (requested 2000)

2015-04-02 16:53:14 20429 [Warning] Using unique option prefix myisam-recover instead of myisam-recover-options is deprecated and will be removed in a future release. Please use the full name instead.
2015-04-02 16:53:14 20429 [Note] Plugin 'FEDERATED' is disabled.
2015-04-02 16:53:14 20429 [Note] InnoDB: Using atomics to ref count buffer pool pages
2015-04-02 16:53:14 20429 [Note] InnoDB: The InnoDB memory heap is disabled
2015-04-02 16:53:14 20429 [Note] InnoDB: Mutexes and rw_locks use GCC atomic builtins
2015-04-02 16:53:14 20429 [Note] InnoDB: Memory barrier is not used
2015-04-02 16:53:14 20429 [Note] InnoDB: Compressed tables use zlib 1.2.3.4
2015-04-02 16:53:14 20429 [Note] InnoDB: Using Linux native AIO
2015-04-02 16:53:14 20429 [Note] InnoDB: Not using CPU crc32 instructions
2015-04-02 16:53:14 20429 [Note] InnoDB: Initializing buffer pool, size = 1.0G
2015-04-02 16:53:15 20429 [Note] InnoDB: Completed initialization of buffer pool
2015-04-02 16:53:15 20429 [Note] InnoDB: Highest supported file format is Barracuda.
2015-04-02 16:53:15 20429 [Note] InnoDB: 128 rollback segment(s) are active.
2015-04-02 16:53:15 20429 [Note] InnoDB: Waiting for purge to start
2015-04-02 16:53:15 20429 [Note] InnoDB: 5.6.23 started; log sequence number 20079286519
2015-04-02 16:53:15 20429 [Warning] No existing UUID has been found, so we assume that this is the first time that this server has been started. Generating a new UUID: 487fda28-d97a-11e4-9254-e0cb4e3feb73.
2015-04-02 16:53:15 20429 [Note] Server hostname (bind-address): '127.0.0.1'; port: 3306
2015-04-02 16:53:15 20429 [Note]   - '127.0.0.1' resolves to '127.0.0.1';
2015-04-02 16:53:15 20429 [Note] Server socket created on IP: '127.0.0.1'.
2015-04-02 16:53:15 20429 [ERROR] Column count of mysql.events_waits_current is wrong. Expected 19, found 16. Created with MySQL 50541, now running 50623. Please use mysql_upgrade to fix this error.
2015-04-02 16:53:15 20429 [ERROR] Column count of mysql.events_waits_history is wrong. Expected 19, found 16. Created with MySQL 50541, now running 50623. Please use mysql_upgrade to fix this error.
2015-04-02 16:53:15 20429 [ERROR] Column count of mysql.events_waits_history_long is wrong. Expected 19, found 16. Created with MySQL 50541, now running 50623. Please use mysql_upgrade to fix this error.
2015-04-02 16:53:15 20429 [ERROR] Native table 'performance_schema'.'events_waits_summary_by_host_by_event_name' has the wrong structure
2015-04-02 16:53:15 20429 [ERROR] Incorrect definition of table performance_schema.events_waits_summary_by_thread_by_event_name: expected column 'THREAD_ID' at position 0 to have type bigint(20), found type int(11).
2015-04-02 16:53:15 20429 [ERROR] Native table 'performance_schema'.'events_waits_summary_by_user_by_event_name' has the wrong structure
2015-04-02 16:53:15 20429 [ERROR] Native table 'performance_schema'.'events_waits_summary_by_account_by_event_name' has the wrong structure
2015-04-02 16:53:15 20429 [ERROR] Column count of mysql.file_summary_by_event_name is wrong. Expected 23, found 5. Created with MySQL 50541, now running 50623. Please use mysql_upgrade to fix this error.
2015-04-02 16:53:15 20429 [ERROR] Column count of mysql.file_summary_by_instance is wrong. Expected 25, found 6. Created with MySQL 50541, now running 50623. Please use mysql_upgrade to fix this error.
2015-04-02 16:53:15 20429 [ERROR] Native table 'performance_schema'.'host_cache' has the wrong structure
2015-04-02 16:53:15 20429 [ERROR] Incorrect definition of table performance_schema.mutex_instances: expected column 'LOCKED_BY_THREAD_ID' at position 2 to have type bigint(20), found type int(11).
2015-04-02 16:53:15 20429 [ERROR] Native table 'performance_schema'.'objects_summary_global_by_type' has the wrong structure
2015-04-02 16:53:15 20429 [ERROR] Incorrect definition of table performance_schema.rwlock_instances: expected column 'WRITE_LOCKED_BY_THREAD_ID' at position 2 to have type bigint(20), found type int(11).
2015-04-02 16:53:15 20429 [ERROR] Native table 'performance_schema'.'setup_actors' has the wrong structure
2015-04-02 16:53:15 20429 [ERROR] Native table 'performance_schema'.'setup_objects' has the wrong structure
2015-04-02 16:53:15 20429 [ERROR] Native table 'performance_schema'.'table_io_waits_summary_by_index_usage' has the wrong structure
2015-04-02 16:53:15 20429 [ERROR] Native table 'performance_schema'.'table_io_waits_summary_by_table' has the wrong structure
2015-04-02 16:53:15 20429 [ERROR] Native table 'performance_schema'.'table_lock_waits_summary_by_table' has the wrong structure
2015-04-02 16:53:15 20429 [ERROR] Column count of mysql.threads is wrong. Expected 14, found 3. Created with MySQL 50541, now running 50623. Please use mysql_upgrade to fix this error.
2015-04-02 16:53:15 20429 [ERROR] Native table 'performance_schema'.'events_stages_current' has the wrong structure
2015-04-02 16:53:15 20429 [ERROR] Native table 'performance_schema'.'events_stages_history' has the wrong structure
2015-04-02 16:53:15 20429 [ERROR] Native table 'performance_schema'.'events_stages_history_long' has the wrong structure
...

Completing the MySQL 5.6 Upgrade

A MySQL upgrade of the meta schema is necessary.

$ sudo mysql_upgrade -uroot -p
Enter password:
Looking for 'mysql' as: mysql
Looking for 'mysqlcheck' as: mysqlcheck
Running 'mysqlcheck' with connection arguments: '--port=3306' '--socket=/var/run/mysqld/mysqld.sock'
Warning: Using a password on the command line interface can be insecure.
Running 'mysqlcheck' with connection arguments: '--port=3306' '--socket=/var/run/mysqld/mysqld.sock'
Warning: Using a password on the command line interface can be insecure.
mysql.columns_priv                                 OK
mysql.db                                           OK
mysql.event                                        OK
mysql.func                                         OK
mysql.general_log                                  OK
mysql.help_category                                OK
mysql.help_keyword                                 OK
mysql.help_relation                                OK
mysql.help_topic                                   OK
mysql.host                                         OK
mysql.ndb_binlog_index                             OK
mysql.plugin                                       OK
mysql.proc                                         OK
mysql.procs_priv                                   OK
mysql.proxies_priv                                 OK
mysql.servers                                      OK
mysql.slow_log                                     OK
mysql.tables_priv                                  OK
mysql.time_zone                                    OK
mysql.time_zone_leap_second                        OK
mysql.time_zone_name                               OK
mysql.time_zone_transition                         OK
mysql.time_zone_transition_type                    OK
mysql.user                                         OK
Running 'mysql_fix_privilege_tables'...
Warning: Using a password on the command line interface can be insecure.
Running 'mysqlcheck' with connection arguments: '--port=3306' '--socket=/var/run/mysqld/mysqld.sock'
Warning: Using a password on the command line interface can be insecure.
Running 'mysqlcheck' with connection arguments: '--port=3306' '--socket=/var/run/mysqld/mysqld.sock'
Warning: Using a password on the command line interface can be insecure.
...
OK
$ sudo service mysql restart
$ sudo service mysql restart
 * Stopping MySQL Community Server 5.6.23
....
 * MySQL Community Server 5.6.23 is stopped
 * Re-starting MySQL Community Server 5.6.23
150402 17:06:17 mysqld_safe Can't log to error log and syslog at the same time.  Remove all --log-error configuration options for --syslog to take effect.
......
 * MySQL Community Server 5.6.23 is started
$ sudo tail -300 /var/log/mysql/error.log
...
2015-04-02 17:06:15 20429 [Note] /usr/sbin/mysqld: Shutdown complete

150402 17:06:15 mysqld_safe mysqld from pid file /var/run/mysqld/mysqld.pid ended
150402 17:06:17 mysqld_safe Starting mysqld daemon with databases from /var/lib/mysql
2015-04-02 17:06:17 0 [Warning] Using unique option prefix key_buffer instead of key_buffer_size is deprecated and will be removed in a future release. Please use the full name instead.
2015-04-02 17:06:17 0 [Warning] TIMESTAMP with implicit DEFAULT value is deprecated. Please use --explicit_defaults_for_timestamp server option (see documentation for more details).
2015-04-02 17:06:17 20994 [Warning] Buffered warning: Changed limits: max_open_files: 1024 (requested 5000)

2015-04-02 17:06:17 20994 [Warning] Buffered warning: Changed limits: table_cache: 431 (requested 2000)

2015-04-02 17:06:17 20994 [Warning] Using unique option prefix myisam-recover instead of myisam-recover-options is deprecated and will be removed in a future release. Please use the full name instead.
2015-04-02 17:06:17 20994 [Note] Plugin 'FEDERATED' is disabled.
2015-04-02 17:06:17 20994 [Note] InnoDB: Using atomics to ref count buffer pool pages
2015-04-02 17:06:17 20994 [Note] InnoDB: The InnoDB memory heap is disabled
2015-04-02 17:06:17 20994 [Note] InnoDB: Mutexes and rw_locks use GCC atomic builtins
2015-04-02 17:06:17 20994 [Note] InnoDB: Memory barrier is not used
2015-04-02 17:06:17 20994 [Note] InnoDB: Compressed tables use zlib 1.2.3.4
2015-04-02 17:06:17 20994 [Note] InnoDB: Using Linux native AIO
2015-04-02 17:06:17 20994 [Note] InnoDB: Not using CPU crc32 instructions
2015-04-02 17:06:17 20994 [Note] InnoDB: Initializing buffer pool, size = 1.0G
2015-04-02 17:06:17 20994 [Note] InnoDB: Completed initialization of buffer pool
2015-04-02 17:06:17 20994 [Note] InnoDB: Highest supported file format is Barracuda.
2015-04-02 17:06:17 20994 [Note] InnoDB: 128 rollback segment(s) are active.
2015-04-02 17:06:17 20994 [Note] InnoDB: Waiting for purge to start
2015-04-02 17:06:17 20994 [Note] InnoDB: 5.6.23 started; log sequence number 20081020877
2015-04-02 17:06:17 20994 [Note] Server hostname (bind-address): '127.0.0.1'; port: 3306
2015-04-02 17:06:17 20994 [Note]   - '127.0.0.1' resolves to '127.0.0.1';
2015-04-02 17:06:17 20994 [Note] Server socket created on IP: '127.0.0.1'.
2015-04-02 17:06:17 20994 [Note] Event Scheduler: Loaded 0 events
2015-04-02 17:06:17 20994 [Note] /usr/sbin/mysqld: ready for connections.
Version: '5.6.23'  socket: '/var/run/mysqld/mysqld.sock'  port: 3306  MySQL Community Server (GPL)

Correcting errors

As you can see there are several warnings/errors when starting MySQL.

The first is

 mysqld_safe Can't log to error log and syslog at the same time.  Remove all --log-error configuration options for --syslog to take effect.

We solve this with

$ sudo rm -f /etc/mysql/conf.d/mysqld_safe_syslog.cnf
$ sudo service mysql restart
 * Stopping MySQL Community Server 5.6.23
....
 * MySQL Community Server 5.6.23 is stopped
 * Re-starting MySQL Community Server 5.6.23
......
 * MySQL Community Server 5.6.23 is started

This is an Ubuntu default that conflicts with the my.cnf log_error were are familiar with in monitoring the MySQL error log. You can read my opinion on this in The correct approach to rolling MySQL logs

The second is

2015-04-02 17:06:17 0 [Warning] Using unique option prefix key_buffer instead of key_buffer_size is deprecated and will be removed in a future release. Please use the full name instead.

We solve this with

sudo sed -ie "s/^key_buffer[^_]/key_buffer_size/" /etc/mysql/my.cnf

Next

2015-04-02 17:18:06 22123 [Warning] Using unique option prefix myisam-recover instead of myisam-recover-options is deprecated and will be removed in a future release. Please use the full name instead.

We solve this with

sudo sed -ie "s/^myisam-recover[^-]/myisam-recover-options/" /etc/mysql/my.cnf

The warnings are interesting, and will part of the following post on MySQL 5.6 configuration changes discussed in the next point.

2015-04-02 17:22:08 22626 [Warning] Buffered warning: Changed limits: max_open_files: 1024 (requested 5000)
2015-04-02 17:22:08 22626 [Warning] Buffered warning: Changed limits: table_cache: 431 (requested 2000)

Leveraging MySQL 5.6 benefits

We may now have a MySQL 5.6 installation however we are far from utilizing the benefits of MySQL 5.6 fully. In a subsequent post I will talk about the configuration options we need to now consider, both new options such as innodb_purge_threads and important improvements such as sync_binlog. There are far greater complex changes including innodb_file_per_table, master_info_repository and relay_log_info_repository and then changes in defaults such as performance_schema

Validating MySQL version numbers

As part of a MySQL 5.5 to MySQL 5.6 upgrade across several Ubuntu servers of varying distros an audit highlighted a trivial but interesting versioning identification error in Ubuntu’s packaging of MySQL.

Ubuntu 12.04 LTS

$ sudo dpkg -l | grep mysql-server-5.5
ii  mysql-server-5.5   5.5.41-0ubuntu0.12.04.1  ...
$ mysql -uroot -p -e "SELECT VERSION()"
+-------------------------+
| VERSION()               |
+-------------------------+
| 5.5.41-0ubuntu0.12.04.1 |
+-------------------------+

But when you look at the mysql --version it does NOT say 5.5.41.

$ mysql --version
mysql  Ver 14.14 Distrib 5.5.34, for debian-linux-gnu (x86_64) using readline 6.2

Ubuntu 14.04 LTS

On 14.04 I get expected results.

$ sudo dpkg -l | grep mysql-server-5.5
ii  mysql-server-5.5       5.5.41-0ubuntu0.14.04.1   ...
rbradfor@rubble:~$ mysql -uroot -p -e "SELECT VERSION()"
+-------------------------+
| VERSION()               |
+-------------------------+
| 5.5.41-0ubuntu0.14.04.1 |
+-------------------------+
$ mysql --version
mysql  Ver 14.14 Distrib 5.5.41, for debian-linux-gnu (x86_64) using readline 6.3

Dynamic recreation of InnoDB redo logs

MySQL 5.6 will now automatically recreate the InnoDB redo log files during a MySQL restart if the size (or number) of these logs changes, i.e. a change to innodb_log_file_size. See Changing the Number or Size of InnoDB Log Files which states “If InnoDB detects that the innodb_log_file_size differs from the redo log file size, it will write a log checkpoint, close and remove the old log files, create new log files at the requested size, and open the new log files.”

Before MySQL 5.6 it was necessary to stop MySQL and remove the InnoDB log files manually before restarting MySQL.

The error log shows:

tail -f /mysql/log/error.log
...
2015-03-28 21:51:25 3767 [Warning] InnoDB: Resizing redo log from 2*3072 to 2*65536 pages, LSN=1626017
2015-03-28 21:51:25 3767 [Warning] InnoDB: Starting to delete and rewrite log files.
2015-03-28 21:51:25 3767 [Note] InnoDB: Setting log file ./ib_logfile101 size to 1024 MB
InnoDB: Progress in MB: 100 200 300 400 500 600 700 800 900 1000
2015-03-28 21:51:28 3767 [Note] InnoDB: Setting log file ./ib_logfile1 size to 1024 MB
InnoDB: Progress in MB: 100 200 300 400 500 600 700 800 900 1000
2015-03-28 21:51:31 3767 [Note] InnoDB: Renaming log file ./ib_logfile101 to ./ib_logfile0
2015-03-28 21:51:31 3767 [Warning] InnoDB: New log files created, LSN=1626017
...

It was however odd that MySQL had indicated it had successfully started but the underlying Redo log files were not complete and in-place as seen by the following directory listings.

$ sudo service mysql start
......
 * MySQL Community Server 5.6.23 is started
$
$ ls -lh /var/lib/mysql/
total 1.9G
-rw-rw---- 1 mysql mysql   56 Mar 28 19:42 auto.cnf
-rw-rw---- 1 mysql mysql  12M Mar 28 21:51 ibdata1
-rw-rw---- 1 mysql mysql 902M Mar 28 21:51 ib_logfile1
-rw-rw---- 1 mysql mysql 1.0G Mar 28 21:51 ib_logfile101
drwxr-x--- 2 mysql mysql 4.0K Mar 28 19:42 mysql
drwx------ 2 mysql mysql 4.0K Mar 28 19:42 performance_schema
$ ls -lh /var/lib/mysql/
total 2.1G
-rw-rw---- 1 mysql mysql   56 Mar 28 19:42 auto.cnf
-rw-rw---- 1 mysql mysql  12M Mar 28 21:51 ibdata1
    -rw-rw---- 1 mysql mysql 1.0G Mar 28 21:51 ib_logfile0 -rw-rw---- 1 mysql mysql 1.0G Mar 28 21:51 ib_logfile1 drwxr-x--- 2 mysql mysql 4.0K Mar 28 19:42 mysql drwx------ 2 mysql mysql 4.0K Mar 28 19:42 performance_schema

SQL, ANSI Standards, PostgreSQL and MySQL

I have recently been working with the Donors Choose Open Data Set which happens to be in PostgreSQL. Easy enough to install and load the data in PostgreSQL, however as I live and breath MySQL, lets load the data into MySQL.

And here is where start our discussion, first some history.

SQL History

SQL – Structure Query Language is a well known common language for communicating with Relational Databases (RDBMS). It is not the only language I might add, having both used many years ago and just mentioned QUEL at a Looker Look and Tell event in New York. It has also been around since the 1970s making it; along with C; one of oldest in general use programming languages today.

SQL became an ANSI standard in 1986, and an ISO standard in 1987. The purpose of a standard is to provide commonality when communicating or exchanging information; in our case; a programming language communicating with a RDBMS. There have been several iterations of the standard as functionality and syntax improves. These are commonly referred to as SQL-86, SQL-89, SQL-92, SQL:1999, SQL:2003, SQL:2006, SQL:2008 and SQL:2011.

And so, with SQL being a standard it means that what we can do in PostgreSQL should translate to what we can do in MySQL.

SQL Communication

Both products provide a Command Line Interface (CLI) client tool for SQL communication, mysql for MySQL and psql for PostgreSQL. No surprises there. Both use by default the semicolon ; as a SQL statement terminator, and both CLI tools use \q as a means to quit and exit the tool. Certainly not a standard but great for syntax compatibility.

DDL Specification

Our journey begins with defining tables.

DROP TABLE

Both products SQL syntax support DROP TABLE. Infact, both support the DROP TABLE [IF EXISTS] syntax.

DROP TABLE donorschoose_projects;
DROP TABLE IF EXISTS donorschoose_projects;

CREATE TABLE

Both support CREATE TABLE.

Both support defining columns in the typical format <column_name> <datatype>, and both support the NOT NULL attribute. Talking about specific datatypes for columns is a topic on its own and so I discuss this later.

The PostgreSQL syntax was a table option WITHOUT OIDS which is not valid in MySQL. It is also obsolescent syntax in PostgreSQL 9.3. From the PostgreSQL manual “This optional clause specifies whether rows of the new table should have OIDs (object identifiers) assigned to them. The default is to have OIDs. Specifying WITHOUT OIDS allows the user to suppress generation of OIDs for rows of a table. This may be worthwhile for large tables … Specifying WITHOUT OIDS also reduces the space required to store the table on disk by 4 bytes per row of the table, thereby improving performance.”

In this example as this is just for testing, dropping the WITHOUT OIDS syntax creates a mutually compatible syntax.

Comments

Both MySQL and PostgreSQL support -- as an inline comment in an SQL statement. No need to strip those out.

ALTER TABLE

Both support ALTER TABLE ADD CONSTRAINT syntax which in our example is used to define the PRIMARY KEY, however while the syntax remains the same, the choice of datatype affects the outcome.

The following works in both products when the datatype is CHARACTER(32). More about CHARACTER() later.

ALTER TABLE donorschoose_projects ADD CONSTRAINT pk_donorschoose_projects PRIMARY KEY(_projectid);

In our example dataset, the primary key is defined with a TEXT datatype, and in MySQL this fails.

ERROR 1170 (42000): BLOB/TEXT column '_projectid' used in key specification without a key length

As the data in the dataset for primary keys by further analysis is indeed a 32 byte hexadecimal value, this is changed to CHARACTER(32) to be compatible for this data loading need. This however is an important key difference in any migration process with other data sets.

Side Note

Both products support the definition of the PRIMARY KEY in the CREATE TABLE syntax two different ways.

CREATE TABLE demo_pk1 (id character(32) NOT NULL PRIMARY KEY);
CREATE TABLE demo_pk2 (id character(32) NOT NULL, PRIMARY KEY(id));

CREATE INDEX

Both use CREATE INDEX syntax however with our sample dataset, this is the first observed difference in syntax with provided sample SQL statements.

PostgresSQL

CREATE INDEX projects_schoolid ON projects USING btree (_schoolid);

MySQL
The USING <type> qualifier must appear before the ON <table>.

CREATE INDEX USING btree projects_schoolid ON projects (_schoolid);

In both products USING btree is an optional syntax (for minimum compatibility) purposes so removing this provides a consistency.

Data Types

The following data types are defined in the PostgreSQL example data set. Each is discussed to identify a best fit in MySQL. For reference:

character

This data type is for a fixed width character field and requires a length attribute. MySQL supports CHARACTER(n) syntax for compatibility, however generally CHAR(n) is the preferred syntax. Indeed, PostgreSQL also supports CHAR(n).

The following showing both variants is valid in both products.

CREATE TABLE demo_character(c1 CHARACTER(1), c2 CHAR(1));

varchar/character varying

While this dataset does not use these datatypes, they are critical in the general conservations of character (aka string) types. This refers to a variable length string.

While character varying is not a valid MySQL syntax, varchar is compatible with both products.

CREATE TABLE demo_varchar(vc1 VARCHAR(10));

text

In PostgresSQL, text is used for variables of undefined length. The maximum length of a field is 1GB as stated in the FAQ.

In MySQL however TEXT only stores 2^16 characters (64K). The use of LONGTEXT is needed to support the full length capacity in PostgeSQL. This store 2^32 characters (~4GB).

Of all the complexity of this example dataset, the general use of text will be the most difficult to modify to a more applicable VARCHAR or TEXT datatype when optimizing in MySQL.

integer

PostgreSQL uses the integer datatype for a signed 4 byte integer value. MySQL supports the same syntax, however generally prefers to refer to the shorter INT syntax. Both products support both overall.

mysql> CREATE TABLE demo_integer(i1 INTEGER, i2 INT);
Query OK, 0 rows affected (0.11 sec)

mysql> INSERT INTO demo_integer VALUES (1,-1);
Query OK, 1 row affected (0.05 sec)

mysql> SELECT * FROM demo_integer;
+------+------+
| i1   | i2   |
+------+------+
|    1 |   -1 |
+------+------+
1 row in set (0.00 sec)
demo=# CREATE TABLE demo_integer(i1 INTEGER, i2 INT);
CREATE TABLE
demo=# INSERT INTO demo_integer VALUES (1,-1);
INSERT 0 1
demo=# SELECT * FROM demo_integer;
 i1 | i2
----+----
  1 | -1
(1 row)

And just to note the boundary of this data type.

mysql> TRUNCATE TABLE demo_integer;
Query OK, 0 rows affected (0.04 sec)

mysql> INSERT INTO demo_integer VALUES (2147483647, -2147483648);
Query OK, 1 row affected (0.04 sec)

mysql> SELECT * FROM demo_integer;
+------------+-------------+
| i1         | i2          |
+------------+-------------+
| 2147483647 | -2147483648 |
+------------+-------------+
1 row in set (0.00 sec)
demo=# TRUNCATE TABLE demo_integer;
TRUNCATE TABLE

demo=# INSERT INTO demo_integer VALUES (2147483647, -2147483648);
INSERT 0 1
demo=# SELECT * FROM demo_integer;
     i1     |     i2
------------+-------------
 2147483647 | -2147483648
(1 row)

The difference is in out-of-bounds value management, and here MySQL defaults suck. You can read my views at DP#4 The importance of using sql_mode.

demo=# TRUNCATE TABLE demo_integer;
TRUNCATE TABLE
demo=# INSERT INTO demo_integer VALUES (2147483647 + 1, -2147483648 - 1);
ERROR:  integer out of range
demo=# SELECT * FROM demo_integer;
 i1 | i2
----+----
(0 rows)
mysql> TRUNCATE TABLE demo_integer;
Query OK, 0 rows affected (0.04 sec)

mysql> INSERT INTO demo_integer VALUES (2147483647 + 1, -2147483648 - 1);
Query OK, 1 row affected, 2 warnings (0.07 sec)

mysql> SELECT * from demo_integer;
+------------+-------------+
| i1         | i2          |
+------------+-------------+
| 2147483647 | -2147483648 |
+------------+-------------+
1 row in set (0.00 sec)

While not in this dataset, both support the bigint data type. While the PostgreSQL docs indicate bigint is 8 bytes, testing with PostgresSQL 9.3 failed. Something to investigate more later.

demo=# CREATE TABLE demo_bigint(i1 BIGINT);
CREATE TABLE
demo=# INSERT INTO demo_bigint VALUES (2147483647 + 1), (-2147483648 - 1);
ERROR:  integer out of range
mysql> CREATE TABLE demo_bigint(i1 BIGINT);
Query OK, 0 rows affected (0.12 sec)

mysql> INSERT INTO demo_bigint VALUES (2147483647 + 1), (-2147483648 - 1);
Query OK, 2 rows affected (0.04 sec)
Records: 2  Duplicates: 0  Warnings: 0

mysql> SELECT * from demo_bigint;
+-------------+
| i1          |
+-------------+
|  2147483648 |
| -2147483649 |
+-------------+
2 rows in set (0.01 sec)

And for reference, both products support smallint, a 2-byte integer.

Each product has additional integer data types.

numeric

For a fixed-precision number, PostgreSQL uses numeric but supports decimal.It would not be surprising to know that MySQL uses DECIMAL and for compatibility supports NUMERIC.

This leads to a side-bar discussion on knowing your data-types for your product. In a recent interview for a MySQL Engineer, a candidate (with SQL Server experience) provided a code example defining the NUMERIC datatype. I knew it was technically valid in MySQL syntax, but never actually seen this in use. When I asked the candidate for what was the syntax commonly used for a fixed-precision datatype they were unable to answer.

real/double precision

This dataset does not include these data types, however for reference, PostgresSQL uses real for 4 bytes, and double precision for 8 bytes. MySQL uses float for 4 bytes, and double for 8 bytes. MySQL however supports both PostgreSQL syntax options, however PostgreSQL supports float, but not double.

demo=# CREATE TABLE demo_floatingpoint(f1 FLOAT, f2 REAL, d1 DOUBLE, d2 DOUBLE PRECISION);
ERROR:  type "double" does not exist
LINE 1: ...TE TABLE demo_floatingpoint(f1 FLOAT, f2 REAL, d1 DOUBLE, d2...

demo=# CREATE TABLE demo_floatingpoint(f1 FLOAT, f2 REAL, d2 DOUBLE PRECISION);
CREATE TABLE
mysql> CREATE TABLE demo_floatingpoint(f1 FLOAT, f2 REAL, d1 DOUBLE, d2 DOUBLE PRECISION);
Query OK, 0 rows affected (0.07 sec)

date

Both PostgreSQL and MySQL use the date data type.

timestamp

Both PostgreSQL and MySQL use the timestamp data type to store date/time values. However, there is a difference in both precision and implementation here.

In PostgresSQL, timestamp supports a date before EPOCH, while in MySQL it does not. MySQL uses the DATETIME datatype.

Using PostgresSQL timestamp and MySQL DATETIME, both support microsecond precision. MySQL however only started to provide this in MySQL 5.6.

A key difference in column definition is the PostgreSQL timestamp without time zone syntax, used in our example dataset. Analysis of data loading will determine the impact here.

boolean

SQL:1999 calls for a Boolean datatype, and both PostgreSQL and MySQL support defining a column as BOOLEAN. MySQL however implicitly converts this to a SIGNED TINYINT, and any future DDL viewing shows this reference.

When referencing boolean, in PostgreSQL WHERE column_name = TRUE or WHERE column_name = t retrieves a true value. In MySQL WHERE column_name = TRUE or WHERE column_name = 1. When you SELECT a boolean, in PostgresSQL the answer is ‘t’, in MySQL, the answer is 1.

demo=# CREATE TABLE demo_boolean (b1 boolean);
CREATE TABLE
demo=# INSERT INTO demo_boolean VALUES (TRUE),(FALSE);
INSERT 0 2
demo=# SELECT * FROM demo_boolean;
 b1
----
 t
 f
(2 rows)
mysql> CREATE TABLE demo_boolean (b1 boolean);
Query OK, 0 rows affected (0.11 sec)

mysql> INSERT INTO demo_boolean VALUES (TRUE),(FALSE);
Query OK, 2 rows affected (0.03 sec)
Records: 2  Duplicates: 0  Warnings: 0

mysql> SELECT * FROM demo_boolean;
+------+
| b1   |
+------+
|    1 |
|    0 |
+------+
2 rows in set (0.00 sec)

Other Data Types

Only the data types in this example have been reviewed.

Other syntax

In our sample SQL script, there is psql specific syntax to show a debugging line with \qecho .... For compatibility these are removed.

The loading of data with the \COPY <table_name> FROM PSTDIN WITH CSV HEADER is PostgreSQL specific and so loading the data is a future topic.

Finally, the VACUUM ANALYZE <table_name> command is also PostgreSQL specific and removed. This is a means effectively of optimizing and analyzing the table.

Both PostgreSQL and MySQL have an ANALYZE command, however the syntax is different, with the required TABLE keyword in MySQL.

PostgresSQL

ANALYZE donorschoose_projects;

ANALYZE TABLE donorschoose_projects;
ERROR:  syntax error at or near "table"

MySQL

ANALYZE donorschoose_projects;
ERROR 1064 (42000): You have an error in your SQL syntax;...

ANALYZE TABLE donorschoose_projects;

MySQL has an OPTIMIZE TABLE syntax, however while technically valid syntax this is not compatible with the default storage table InnoDB.

mysql> OPTIMIZE TABLE donorschoose_projects;
+----------------------------+----------+----------+-------------------------------------------------------------------+
| Table                      | Op       | Msg_type | Msg_text                                                          |
+----------------------------+----------+----------+-------------------------------------------------------------------+
| test.donorschoose_projects | optimize | note     | Table does not support optimize, doing recreate + analyze instead |
| test.donorschoose_projects | optimize | status   | OK                                                                |
+----------------------------+----------+----------+-------------------------------------------------------------------+
2 rows in set (0.32 sec)

Understanding when EXPLAIN is not using an index as intended

When reading a MySQL Query Execution Plan (QEP) produced by the EXPLAIN command, generally one of the first observations is to validate an index is being used per table (i.e. per row of output). In MySQL, this is observed with the key column.

In the following two simple single table examples we see the use of the PRIMARY key. To the untrained eye this may lead to assume that the right index is being used.

Example 1

+----+-------------+----------------+-------+---------------+---------+---------+------+------+-------------+
| id | select_type | table          | type  | possible_keys | key     | key_len | ref  | rows | Extra       |
+----+-------------+----------------+-------+---------------+---------+---------+------+------+-------------+
|  1 | SIMPLE      | txxxxxxxxxxxx  | index | NULL          | PRIMARY | 4       | NULL |  100 | Using where |
+----+-------------+----------------+-------+---------------+---------+---------+------+------+-------------+

Example 2

+----+-------------+------------+-------+---------------+---------+---------+-------+------+-------+
| id | select_type | table      | type  | possible_keys | key     | key_len | ref   | rows | Extra |
+----+-------------+------------+-------+---------------+---------+---------+-------+------+-------+
|  1 | SIMPLE      | txxxxxxxxx | const | PRIMARY       | PRIMARY | 4       | const |    1 |       |
+----+-------------+------------+-------+---------------+---------+---------+-------+------+-------+

However this is not entirely true. While used, it is not as intended. A MySQL index can be used during three different stages of the query execution, the JOIN/WHERE, the GROUP BY and the ORDER BY. This type of use can be seen by looking at the Index Hint Syntax which enables you to suggest or force an index at these three various stages.

Without looking at the SQL statements for the above plans, the first giveaway is the possible_keys column which indicates the indexes considered when evaluating the JOIN/WHERE of your SQL statement. The absence in the first query informs you that no index was used. The use of the PRIMARY key in the first query is the result of an ORDER BY syntax. If we remove this ORDER BY we see the true possible execution.

+----+-------------+----------------+------+---------------+------+---------+------+--------+-------------+
| id | select_type | table          | type | possible_keys | key  | key_len | ref  | rows   | Extra       |
+----+-------------+----------------+------+---------------+------+---------+------+--------+-------------+
|  1 | SIMPLE      | txxxxxxxxxxxx  | ALL  | NULL          | NULL | NULL    | NULL | 262827 | Using where |
+----+-------------+----------------+------+---------------+------+---------+------+--------+-------------+

The first query also includes a LIMIT and hence gives the perception that only a small number of rows are processed. In relational theory you would surmise this query is not efficient. Unfortunately as this example was on version MySQL 5.5, it was not possible to use the optimizer_trace functionality in MySQL 5.6 to delve deeper into understanding what decisions MySQL would take.

This example is not to say that you should add an index. This is one possible outcome in optimizing the SQL statement, however there are advantages and disadvantages. Each SQL statement should be reviewed in conjunction with it’s usage, the overall table structure(s) and all other SQL statements that utilize applicable tables.

MySQL Admin 101 for System Admins – key_buffer_size

As discussed in my presentation to NYLUG, I wanted to provide system administrations with some really quick analysis and performance fixes if you had limited knowledge of MySQL.

One of the most important things with MySQL is to tune memory properly. This can be complex as there are global buffers, and per session buffers, memory tables, and differences between storage engines. Even this first tip has conditions.

Configuration of MySQL can be found in the my.cnf file (How can I find that). Some variables are dynamic and some are not, and these can change between versions. Check out The most important MySQL Reference Manual page that everybody should bookmark for reference.

Here is a great example for the key_buffer_size found in the [mysqld] section of my.cnf. This is also historically known in legacy config files as key_buffer. This older format has been removed in 5.7. This is a global buffer that is responsible for caching the MyISAM Index data only. Two important things here, this is for the MyISAM storage engine only, and it’s only for indexes. MyISAM data relies on the OS file system cache.

We can confirm the current value in a running MySQL instance with:

mysql> SELECT LOWER(variable_name) as variable, variable_value/1024/1024 as MB 
       FROM   information_schema.global_variables 
       WHERE  variable_name = 'key_buffer_size';
+-----------------+------+
| variable        | MB   |
+-----------------+------+
| key_buffer_size |   16 |
+-----------------+------+
1 row in set (0.00 sec)

The following query will give you the current size of MyISAM indexes stored on disk in your instance.


mysql> SELECT FORMAT(SUM(data_length)/1024/1024,2) as data_mb, 
              FORMAT(SUM(index_length)/1024/1024,2) as index_mb 
       FROM   information_schema.tables 
       WHERE  engine='MyISAM';
+--------------+--------------+
| data_mb      | index_mb     |
+--------------+--------------+
| 504.01       | 114.48       |
+--------------+--------------+
1 row in set (2.36 sec)

NOTE: This is all MyISAM indexes in all schemas. At this time we have not determined what is “hot” data, “cold” data, backup tables etc. It’s a crude calculation, but in absence of more information, seeing that MyISAM is being used, and the buffer is not configured (default is generally 8MB), or is configured poorly as in this example shows that changing this value is an important step to consider. However, The first part of solving the problem is identifying the problem.

Tuning the buffer is hard. You have to take into consideration the amount of system RAM, is the server dedicated for MySQL only, or a shared server for example with a web container such as Apache. Are other storage engines used (for example InnoDB) that requires it’s own buffer size, are there multiple MySQL Instances on the server.

For this example of tuning, we are assuming a dedicated MySQL server and no other storage engines used.

Determining the system RAM and current usage can be found with:

$ free -m
             total       used       free     shared    buffers     cached
Mem:          3955       3846        109          0        424       1891
-/+ buffers/cache:       1529       2426
Swap:         1027          0       1027

With this information, we see a system with 4G of RAM (plenty of available RAM), a key_buffer_size of 16M, and the current maximum size of indexes is 114M. For this most simple case it’s obvious we can increase this buffer, to say 128M and not affect overall system RAM usage, but improve MyISAM performance.

Here are the same numbers for a different system to give you a comparison of what you may uncover.

mysql> SELECT LOWER(variable_name) as variable, variable_value/1024/1024 as MB
    ->        FROM   information_schema.global_variables
    ->        WHERE  variable_name = 'key_buffer_size';
+-----------------+------+
| variable        | MB   |
+-----------------+------+
| key_buffer_size |  354 |
+-----------------+------+
1 row in set (0.00 sec)

mysql> SELECT FORMAT(SUM(data_length)/1024/1024,2) as data_mb,
    ->               FORMAT(SUM(index_length)/1024/1024,2) as index_mb
    ->        FROM   information_schema.tables
    ->        WHERE  engine='MyISAM';
+------------+------------+
| data_mb    | index_mb   |
+------------+------------+
| 150,073.57 | 122,022.97 |
+------------+------------+
1 row in set (3.71 sec)

As I follow up in my next post on the innodb_buffer_pool_size, I will further clarify the complexity of MySQL memory tuning, and show that this information gathering is only a guide, and first step to a more complex analysis and tuning operation.

Improving performance – A full stack problem

Improving the performance of a web system involves knowledge of how the entire technology stack operates and interacts. There are many simple and common tips that can provide immediate improvements for a website. Some examples include:

  • Using a CDN for assets
  • Compressing content
  • Making fewer requests (web, cache, database)
  • Asynchronous management
  • Optimizing your SQL statements
  • Have more memory
  • Using SSD’s for database servers
  • Updating your software versions
  • Adding more servers
  • Configuring your software correctly
  • … And the general checklist goes on

Understanding where to invest your energy first, knowing what the return on investment can be, and most importantly the measurement and verification of every change made is the difference between blind trial and error and a solid plan and process. Here is a great example for the varied range of outcome to the point about “Updating your software versions”.

On one project the MySQL database was reaching saturation, both the maximum number of database connections and maximum number of concurrent InnoDB transactions. The first is a configurable limit, the second was a hard limit of the very old version of the software. Changing the first configurable limit can have dire consequences, there is a tipping point, however that is a different discussion. A simple software upgrade of MySQL which had many possible improvement benefits, combined with corrected configuration specific for this new version made an immediate improvement. The result moved a production system from crashing consistently under load, to at least barely surviving under load. This is an important first step in improving the customer experience.

In the PHP application stack for the same project the upgrading of several commonly used frameworks including Slim and Twig by the engineering department seemed like a good idea. However applicable load testing and profiling (after it was deployed, yet another discussion point) found the impact was a 30-40% increase in response time for the application layer. This made the system worse, and cancelled out prior work to improve the system.

How to tune a system to support 100x load increase with no impact in performance takes knowledge, experience, planning, testing and verification.

The following summarized graphs; using New Relic monitoring as a means of representative comparison; shows three snapshots of the average response time during various stages of full stack tuning and optimization. This is a very simplified graphical view that is supported by more detailed instrumentation using different products, specifically with much finer granularity of hundreds of metrics.

These graphs represent the work undertaken for a system under peak load showing an average 2,000ms response time, to the same workload under 50ms average response time. That is a 40x improvement!

If your organization can benefit from these types of improvements feel free to Contact Me.

There are numerous steps to achieving this. A few highlights to show the scope of work you need to consider includes:

  • Knowing server CPU saturation verses single core CPU saturation.
  • Network latency detection and mitigation.
  • What are the virtualization mode options of virtual cloud instances?
  • Knowing the network stack benefits of different host operating systems.
  • Simulating production load is much harder than it sounds.
  • Profiling, Profiling, Profiling.
  • Instrumentation can be misleading. Knowing how different monitoring works with sampling and averaging.
  • Tuning the stack is an iterative process.
  • The simple greatest knowledge is to know your code, your libraries, your dependencies and how to optimize each specific area of your technology stack.
  • Not everything works, some expected wins provided no overall or observed benefits.
  • There is always more that can be done. Knowing when to pause and prioritize process optimizations over system optimizations.

These graphs show the improvement work in the application tier (1500ms to 35ms to 25ms) and the database tier (500ms to 125ms to 10ms) at various stages. These graphs do not show for example improvements made in DNS resolution, different CDNs, managing static content, different types and ways of compression, remove unwanted software components and configuration, standardized and consistent stack deployments using chef, and even a reduction in overall servers. All of these successes contributed to a better and more consistent user experience.

40x performance improvements in LAMP stack

Correctly setting your mysql prompt using sudo

If you run multiple MySQL environments on multiple servers it’s a good habit to set your MySQL prompt to double check which server you are on.
however, using the MYSQL_PS1 environment variable I found this does not work under sudo (the normal way people run sudo).

I.e., the following syntax’s work.

$ mysql
$ sudo su - -c mysql
$ sudo su - ; mysql

but the following does not.

$ sudo mysql

The trick is actually to ensure via /etc/sudoers you inherit the MySQL_PS1 environment variable.

echo "export MYSQL_PS1="`hostname` [d]> "" | sudo tee /etc/profile.d/mysql.sh
echo 'Defaults    env_keep += "MYSQL_PS1"' | sudo tee /tmp/mysql
sudo chmod 400 /tmp/mysql
sudo mv /tmp/mysql /etc/sudoers.d

What is FTS_BEING_DELETED.ibd

I currently have on a MySQL 5.6 database using innodb_file_per_table the following individual tablespace file.

schema/FTS_00000000000001bb_BEING_DELETED.ibd

The schema is all InnoDB tables, and there ARE NO Full Text Indexes. I cannot comment on if a developer has tried to create one previously.
I am none the wiser in explaining the ongoing use of these files, or if it can be/should be deleted.

On closer inspection there are infact a number of FTS files.

$ ls -al FTS*
-rw-r----- 1 mysql mysql 98304 Jan 29 16:21 FTS_00000000000001bb_BEING_DELETED_CACHE.ibd
-rw-r----- 1 mysql mysql 98304 Jan 29 16:20 FTS_00000000000001bb_BEING_DELETED.ibd
-rw-r----- 1 mysql mysql 98304 Jan 29 16:26 FTS_00000000000001bb_CONFIG.ibd
-rw-r----- 1 mysql mysql 98304 Jan 29 16:21 FTS_00000000000001bb_DELETED_CACHE.ibd
-rw-r----- 1 mysql mysql 98304 Jan 29 16:00 FTS_00000000000001bb_DELETED.ibd
-rw-r----- 1 mysql mysql 98304 Jan 29 16:20 FTS_00000000000001c7_BEING_DELETED_CACHE.ibd
-rw-r----- 1 mysql mysql 98304 Jan 29 16:26 FTS_00000000000001c7_BEING_DELETED.ibd
-rw-r----- 1 mysql mysql 98304 Jan 29 16:21 FTS_00000000000001c7_CONFIG.ibd
-rw-r----- 1 mysql mysql 98304 Jan 29 16:20 FTS_00000000000001c7_DELETED_CACHE.ibd
-rw-r----- 1 mysql mysql 98304 Jan 29 16:20 FTS_00000000000001c7_DELETED.ibd

Any MySQL gurus with knowledge to share, and for the benefit of others that Internet search at a later time.

Related articles included Overview and Getting Started with InnoDB FTS and Difference between InnoDB FTS and MyISAM FTS but do not mention file specifics.

The article InnoDB Full-text Search in MySQL 5.6 (part 1) provides more insight that these files remain even if a full text index was created and has since being removed. It is not clear from the filename which tables these files relate to.

Good Test Data

Over the years you collect datasets you have created for various types of testing, seeding databases etc. I have always thought one needs to better manage this for future re-use. Recently I wanted to do some “Big Data” playing and again that question of what datasets can I use let me to review the past collated list at Seeking public data for benchmarks.

The types of things I was wanting to do lead me to realize a lot of content is “public domain” and Project Gutenberg is just one great source of text in multiple languages. This was just one aspect of my wish list but text based data is used from blogs, comments, articles, microblogs etc, and multiple languages was important from some text analysis.

With a bit of thinking about the building blocks, I created Good Test Data. A way for me to have core data, IP’s, people’s names, User Agents strings, text for articles, comments and a lot more. And importantly the ability to generate large randomized amounts of this data quickly and easily.

Now I can build a list of 1 million random names with unique usernames and emails with ease. I can generate millions of varying articles, from a short microblog, a comment, a blog to a multi page article. Then be able to produce HTML/PDF/PNG versions giving me file attachments. I’ve been playing more with image generation, creating banner images with varying text, and now I’m generating MP4 video to simulate the various standard sizes for advertising and just to see what people need.

I’m not sure of the potential use and benefit for others and that wasn’t the primary goal, however I would like to know how these building blocks could be used. The data is relatively agnostic, being able to easily load into MySQL tables. Depending on demand, being able to create pre-configured open source product data for e-commence products, CRM or blogging are all possible options.

The GRANT/REVOKE dilemma

It is common practice to grant your application the privileges of “GRANT SELECT, INSERT, UPDATE, DELETE ON yourdb.* TO user@host”.

But what if you want to ensure you cannot DELETE data from just one table?

Ideally I want to be able to “REVOKE DELETE ON yourdb.important_table FROM user@host”. You cannot do currently this with the MySQL privilege system.

If your schema has 100 tables, and you want to remove DELETE from one, you have to define DELETE for the 99 others, and remember that for each new table, you need to remember to also modify user privileges.

Unexplained halts using mysql command line client

I recently came across an issue trying to connect to a MySQL server using the mysql client. It appeared as through the connection was hanging.

A subsequent connection using the -A option highlighted the problem with the previous connection stuck in the state “Waiting for table metadata lock”.

mysql> SHOW PROCESSLISTG
*************************** 1. row ***************************
     Id: 37
   User: root
   Host: localhost
     db: tmp
Command: Query
   Time: 90
  State: preparing
   Info: create table missing as select id from AK where id not in (select id ..
*************************** 2. row ***************************
     Id: 38
   User: root
   Host: localhost
     db: tmp
Command: Field List
   Time: 50
  State: Waiting for table metadata lock
   Info:
*************************** 3. row ***************************
     Id: 39
   User: root
   Host: localhost
     db: tmp
Command: Query
   Time: 0
  State: init
   Info: show processlist

In this example you can see a long running CREATE TABLE … SELECT statement as the cause of the problem. The -A or –no-auto-rehash argument is a means of disabling the tab completion in the mysql command line client.

Giving thanks to MySQL authors challenge

Next week the US celebrates Thanksgiving Day. For those that are American or live here, this is a significant event. Three different experiences recently have lead me to write this request for ALL MySQL community members to give thanks to those that have contributed to the MySQL ecosystem. I have made a commitment to myself, and I would like to challenge others to write one book review per week in December, that’s 4 book reviews to the MySQL books that I have on my bookshelf that have made an impact in some way. I ask others to give it a go too.

It only takes a few minutes to pen a comment on Amazon, or a publishers site, but to authors it means so much more. I can only speak for myself, but any comment; good, bad or ugly; helps to know you are out there and you took the time to acknowledge somebody’s work of art (in this case a publication).

I only have to look at my bookshelf and I find the following MySQL books (in order they currently are placed which is no specific order), MySQL Crash Course by Ben Forta, MySQL Clustering by Alex Davies and Harrison Fisk, MySQL Cookbook by Paul DuBois, MySQL Stored Procedure Programming by Guy Harrison, Developing Web Applications with Apache, MySQL, memcached, and Perl by Patrick Galbraith, Pro MySQL (The Expert’s Voice in Open Source) by Mike Kruckenberg and Jay Pipes, MySQL Administrator’s Bible by Sheeri Cabral, MySQL (Third Edition) by Paul DuBois, High Performance MySQL: Optimization, Backups, Replication, and More (Second Edition) by Baron Schwartz, Peter Zaitsev, Vadim Tkachenko, Jeremy Zawodny, Arjen Lentz and Derek Balling, High Performance MySQL: Optimization, Backups, and Replication (Third Edition) by Baron Schwartz, Peter Zaitsev, Vadim Tkachenkoo, MySQL High Availability: Tools for Building Robust Data Centers by Charles Bell, Mats Kindal and Lars Thalman, Expert PHP and MySQLby Andrew Curiso, Ronald Bradford and Patrick Galbraith, Effective MySQL Backup and Recovery (Oracle Press) by Ronald Bradford, Effective MySQL Replication Techniques in Depth by Ronald Bradford and Chris Schneider, Effective MySQL Optimizing SQL Statements (Oracle Press) by Ronald Bradford, Database in Depth: Relational Theory for Practitioners by Chris Date, Pentaho Solutions: Business Intelligence and Data Warehousing with Pentaho and MySQL by Roland Bouman and Josh an Dongen, MySQL Administrator’s Guide and Language Reference (2nd Edition) and MySQL 5.0 Certification Study Guide by Paul Dubois, Stefan Hinz and Cartsten Pedersen.

And they are just the physical books, I have several PDF and Kindle only versions, and other MySQL Books I know about and have not purchased.

I would also like to give a special shout out to Sheeri Cabral and MySQL Marinate. A program using the O’Reilly Learning MySQL book to help anybody that wants to learn. At my most recent Effective MySQL Meetup a beginner question was asked by an audience member, and it was another audience member (not even myself) that piped up and recommended MySQL Marinate.

Finally, I learned MySQL by reading the online reference manual from cover to cover, and I did it again several years later, and probably should do it again some day. I am unable to find the names of the authors present or past, nor the right place you could leave a comment, but thanks to those I do know about, Jon Stephens, Mike Hillyer, Stefan Hinz, MC Brown and Paul DuBois.

Kick all the tires before you buy the product

Translating theory to practice is never easy. Morgan gives us the right steps in a play environment to move from dev.mysql.com native MySQL rpm’s to the new MySQL yum repository. I thought I would try it out.

1. Confirming existing packages

A necessary step, however immediately I have more dependencies including Perl DBD (used in several utilities) including MHA.

$ sudo su -
$ rpm -qa | grep -i mysql
MySQL-devel-5.6.13-1.el6.x86_64
MySQL-test-5.6.13-1.el6.x86_64
MySQL-shared-compat-5.6.13-1.el6.x86_64
MySQL-server-5.6.13-1.el6.x86_64
perl-DBD-MySQL-4.013-3.el6.x86_64
MySQL-client-5.6.13-1.el6.x86_64
MySQL-embedded-5.6.13-1.el6.x86_64
MySQL-shared-5.6.13-1.el6.x86_64
mha4mysql-node-0.54-1.el5.noarch

A further trap in the more complex real-world environments, in my case the installation of Percona XtraBackup. This will become apparent in the next step. We need to check for these packages.

$ rpm -qa | grep -i percona
percona-release-0.0-1.x86_64
percona-xtrabackup-2.1.4-656.rhel6.x86_64

1. Update your environment

There is a mixed blessing here. Assuming you keep your machines current (and you should), the impact here should be minimal, but buyer beware. In my case the update wanted to update java-1.7.0-openjdk. Should not be a big deal, but what other products are impacted by updates? Java on this system for example is used by the New Relic MySQL Monitoring. What if there was some important application component that may become unravelled with some update.

Doing a blanket update on a reasonably current CentOS 6.4 system broke.

$ yum update
...
Installing:
 Percona-SQL-shared-compat                      x86_64                5.0.92-b23.89.rhel6                      percona                1.1 M
     replacing  MySQL-shared.x86_64 5.6.13-1.el6
 Percona-Server-shared-compat                   x86_64                5.5.34-rel32.0.591.rhel6                 percona                3.4 M
     replacing  MySQL-shared.x86_64 5.6.13-1.el6
 Percona-Server-shared-compat-51                x86_64                5.1.72-rel14.10.597.rhel6                percona                2.4 M
     replacing  MySQL-shared.x86_64 5.6.13-1.el6
 kernel                                         x86_64                2.6.32-358.23.2.el6                      updates                 26 M
Transaction Summary
============================================================================================================================================
Install       4 Package(s)
Upgrade      26 Package(s)

...
Transaction Check Error:
  file /usr/lib64/libmysqlclient.so.12.0.0 from install of Percona-SQL-shared-compat-5.0.92-b23.89.rhel6.x86_64 conflicts with file from package MySQL-shared-compat-5.6.13-1.el6.x86_64
  file /usr/lib64/libmysqlclient.so.14.0.0 from install of Percona-SQL-shared-compat-5.0.92-b23.89.rhel6.x86_64 conflicts with file from package MySQL-shared-compat-5.6.13-1.el6.x86_64
  file /usr/lib64/libmysqlclient_r.so.12.0.0 from install of Percona-SQL-shared-compat-5.0.92-b23.89.rhel6.x86_64 conflicts with file from package MySQL-shared-compat-5.6.13-1.el6.x86_64
  file /usr/lib64/libmysqlclient_r.so.14.0.0 from install of Percona-SQL-shared-compat-5.0.92-b23.89.rhel6.x86_64 conflicts with file from package MySQL-shared-compat-5.6.13-1.el6.x86_64
  file /usr/lib64/libmysqlclient.so.16.0.0 from install of Percona-Server-shared-compat-5.5.34-rel32.0.591.rhel6.x86_64 conflicts with file from package MySQL-shared-compat-5.6.13-1.el6.x86_64
  file /usr/lib64/libmysqlclient_r.so.16.0.0 from install of Percona-Server-shared-compat-5.5.34-rel32.0.591.rhel6.x86_64 conflicts with file from package MySQL-shared-compat-5.6.13-1.el6.x86_64
  file /usr/lib64/libmysqlclient.so.12.0.0 conflicts between attempted installs of Percona-Server-shared-compat-5.5.34-rel32.0.591.rhel6.x86_64 and Percona-SQL-shared-compat-5.0.92-b23.89.rhel6.x86_64
  file /usr/lib64/libmysqlclient.so.14.0.0 conflicts between attempted installs of Percona-Server-shared-compat-5.5.34-rel32.0.591.rhel6.x86_64 and Percona-SQL-shared-compat-5.0.92-b23.89.rhel6.x86_64
  file /usr/lib64/libmysqlclient_r.so.12.0.0 conflicts between attempted installs of Percona-Server-shared-compat-5.5.34-rel32.0.591.rhel6.x86_64 and Percona-SQL-shared-compat-5.0.92-b23.89.rhel6.x86_64
  file /usr/lib64/libmysqlclient_r.so.14.0.0 conflicts between attempted installs of Percona-Server-shared-compat-5.5.34-rel32.0.591.rhel6.x86_64 and Percona-SQL-shared-compat-5.0.92-b23.89.rhel6.x86_64
...

The problem here is an unhealthy relationship between repositories for Percona Xtrabackup. I don’t know the reason, but this is the curse of dependencies that make real world upgrades more complex.

Updating just MySQL is rather useless as it’s installed by rpm.

$ yum update MySQL-server
Loaded plugins: fastestmirror, presto
Loading mirror speeds from cached hostfile
 * base: mirror.cogentco.com
 * extras: mirror.cogentco.com
 * updates: mirror.trouble-free.net
Setting up Update Process
No Packages marked for Update

Removing existing MySQL

Stopping MySQL is easy. Making a decision about, should I backup important files, like the config file, or the data should be considered here. The reality is for a production system, assume something unexpected will happen, even if you have tested it. Being able to go back in any step of an upgrade is actually more important than the step itself. So the following IS NOT ENOUGH in a production system.

service mysql stop

This old dinosaur learned a new trick in the yum interactive shell. Cool!

Note, I am doing a point release upgrade here, from .13 to .14.

$ yum shell
> remove MySQL-client-5.6.13-1.el6 MySQL-embedded-5.6.13-1.el6 MySQL-server-5.6.13-1.el6 MySQL-shared-5.6.13-1.el6 MySQL-devel-5.6.13-1.el6 MySQL-test-5.6.13-1.el6 MySQL-shared-compat-5.6.13-1.el6
> install mysql-community-server
> run

Now the fun begins, you have to read carefully what is happening, check out the Removing for dependencies section.

============================================================================================================================================
 Package                              Arch                 Version                            Repository                               Size
============================================================================================================================================
Installing:
 mysql-community-server               x86_64               5.6.14-3.el6                       mysql-community                          51 M
Removing:
 MySQL-client                         x86_64               5.6.13-1.el6                       installed                                81 M
 MySQL-devel                          x86_64               5.6.13-1.el6                       installed                                19 M
 MySQL-embedded                       x86_64               5.6.13-1.el6                       installed                               431 M
 MySQL-server                         x86_64               5.6.13-1.el6                       installed                               235 M
 MySQL-shared                         x86_64               5.6.13-1.el6                       installed                               8.4 M
 MySQL-shared-compat                  x86_64               5.6.13-1.el6                       installed                                11 M
 MySQL-test                           x86_64               5.6.13-1.el6                       installed                               318 M
Installing for dependencies:
 mysql-community-client               x86_64               5.6.14-3.el6                       mysql-community                          18 M
 mysql-community-common               x86_64               5.6.14-3.el6                       mysql-community                         296 k
 mysql-community-libs                 x86_64               5.6.14-3.el6                       mysql-community                         1.8 M
Removing for dependencies:
 cronie                               x86_64               1.4.4-7.el6                        @CentOS6-Base/$releasever               166 k
 cronie-anacron                       x86_64               1.4.4-7.el6                        @CentOS6-Base/$releasever                43 k
 crontabs                             noarch               1.10-33.el6                        @CentOS6-Base/$releasever               2.4 k
 mha4mysql-node                       noarch               0.54-1.el5                         installed                                98 k
 percona-xtrabackup                   x86_64               2.1.4-656.rhel6                    @percona                                 24 M
 perl-DBD-MySQL                       x86_64               4.013-3.el6                        @base                                   338 k
 postfix                              x86_64               2:2.6.6-2.2.el6_1                  @CentOS6-Base/$releasever               9.7 M
 sysstat                              x86_64               9.0.4-20.el6                       @base                                   807 k

Transaction Summary
============================================================================================================================================
Install       4 Package(s)
Remove       15 Package(s)

Also, you need to quit the yum shell.

> quit
Leaving Shell

Verification

So, we have now installed MySQL via the new yum repositories, and we can verify this.

$ service mysqld start
Starting mysqld:                                           [  OK  ]
$ mysql -e "SELECT VERSION()"
+------------+
| VERSION()  |
+------------+
| 5.6.14-log |
+------------+
$ chkconfig mysqld on

But, we now have a broken system, because dependencies were removed.

Extra steps needed

Installation of Percona Backup.

$ yum install percona-xtrabackup
Loaded plugins: fastestmirror, presto
Loading mirror speeds from cached hostfile
 * base: mirrors.advancedhosters.com
 * extras: mirror.cogentco.com
 * updates: mirror.trouble-free.net
Setting up Install Process
Resolving Dependencies
--> Running transaction check
---> Package percona-xtrabackup.x86_64 0:2.1.5-680.rhel6 will be installed
--> Processing Dependency: perl(DBD::mysql) for package: percona-xtrabackup-2.1.5-680.rhel6.x86_64
--> Running transaction check
---> Package perl-DBD-MySQL.x86_64 0:4.013-3.el6 will be installed
--> Processing Dependency: libmysqlclient.so.16(libmysqlclient_16)(64bit) for package: perl-DBD-MySQL-4.013-3.el6.x86_64
--> Processing Dependency: libmysqlclient.so.16()(64bit) for package: perl-DBD-MySQL-4.013-3.el6.x86_64
--> Running transaction check
---> Package Percona-Server-shared-51.x86_64 0:5.1.72-rel14.10.597.rhel6 will be installed
--> Finished Dependency Resolution

Dependencies Resolved

============================================================================================================================================
 Package                                  Arch                   Version                                      Repository               Size
============================================================================================================================================
Installing:
 percona-xtrabackup                       x86_64                 2.1.5-680.rhel6                              percona                 6.8 M
Installing for dependencies:
 Percona-Server-shared-51                 x86_64                 5.1.72-rel14.10.597.rhel6                    percona                 2.1 M
 perl-DBD-MySQL                           x86_64                 4.013-3.el6                                  base                    134 k

Transaction Summary
============================================================================================================================================
Install       3 Package(s)

Total size: 9.1 M
Total download size: 2.3 M
Installed size: 30 M
Is this ok [y/N]: y
Downloading Packages:
Setting up and reading Presto delta metadata
Processing delta metadata
Package(s) data still to download: 2.3 M
(1/2): Percona-Server-shared-51-5.1.72-rel14.10.597.rhel6.x86_64.rpm                                                 | 2.1 MB     00:00
(2/2): perl-DBD-MySQL-4.013-3.el6.x86_64.rpm                                                                         | 134 kB     00:00
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Total                                                                                                       9.7 MB/s | 2.3 MB     00:00
Running rpm_check_debug
Running Transaction Test
Transaction Test Succeeded
Running Transaction
  Installing : Percona-Server-shared-51-5.1.72-rel14.10.597.rhel6.x86_64                                                                1/3
  Installing : perl-DBD-MySQL-4.013-3.el6.x86_64                                                                                        2/3
  Installing : percona-xtrabackup-2.1.5-680.rhel6.x86_64                                                                                3/3
  Verifying  : percona-xtrabackup-2.1.5-680.rhel6.x86_64                                                                                1/3
  Verifying  : perl-DBD-MySQL-4.013-3.el6.x86_64                                                                                        2/3
  Verifying  : Percona-Server-shared-51-5.1.72-rel14.10.597.rhel6.x86_64                                                                3/3

Installed:
  percona-xtrabackup.x86_64 0:2.1.5-680.rhel6

Dependency Installed:
  Percona-Server-shared-51.x86_64 0:5.1.72-rel14.10.597.rhel6                      perl-DBD-MySQL.x86_64 0:4.013-3.el6

Complete!

Please explain this one to be batman, removing MySQL removed the sysstat package. Very weird.

$ iostat
-bash: iostat: command not found
$ yum install sysstat
Loaded plugins: fastestmirror, presto
Loading mirror speeds from cached hostfile
 * base: mirrors.advancedhosters.com
 * extras: mirror.cogentco.com
 * updates: centos.someimage.com
Setting up Install Process
Resolving Dependencies
--> Running transaction check
---> Package sysstat.x86_64 0:9.0.4-20.el6 will be installed
--> Processing Dependency: /etc/cron.d for package: sysstat-9.0.4-20.el6.x86_64
--> Running transaction check
---> Package cronie.x86_64 0:1.4.4-7.el6 will be installed
--> Processing Dependency: dailyjobs for package: cronie-1.4.4-7.el6.x86_64
--> Processing Dependency: /usr/sbin/sendmail for package: cronie-1.4.4-7.el6.x86_64
--> Running transaction check
---> Package cronie-anacron.x86_64 0:1.4.4-7.el6 will be installed
--> Processing Dependency: crontabs for package: cronie-anacron-1.4.4-7.el6.x86_64
---> Package postfix.x86_64 2:2.6.6-2.2.el6_1 will be installed
--> Running transaction check
---> Package crontabs.noarch 0:1.10-33.el6 will be installed
--> Finished Dependency Resolution

Dependencies Resolved

============================================================================================================================================
 Package                              Arch                         Version                                 Repository                  Size
============================================================================================================================================
Installing:
 sysstat                              x86_64                       9.0.4-20.el6                            base                       225 k
Installing for dependencies:
 cronie                               x86_64                       1.4.4-7.el6                             base                        70 k
 cronie-anacron                       x86_64                       1.4.4-7.el6                             base                        29 k
 crontabs                             noarch                       1.10-33.el6                             base                        10 k
 postfix                              x86_64                       2:2.6.6-2.2.el6_1                       base                       2.0 M

Transaction Summary
============================================================================================================================================
Install       5 Package(s)

Total download size: 2.4 M
Installed size: 11 M
Is this ok [y/N]: y
Downloading Packages:
Setting up and reading Presto delta metadata
Processing delta metadata
Package(s) data still to download: 2.4 M
(1/5): cronie-1.4.4-7.el6.x86_64.rpm                                                                                 |  70 kB     00:00
(2/5): cronie-anacron-1.4.4-7.el6.x86_64.rpm                                                                         |  29 kB     00:00
(3/5): crontabs-1.10-33.el6.noarch.rpm                                                                               |  10 kB     00:00
(4/5): postfix-2.6.6-2.2.el6_1.x86_64.rpm                                                                            | 2.0 MB     00:00
(5/5): sysstat-9.0.4-20.el6.x86_64.rpm                                                                               | 225 kB     00:00
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Total                                                                                                        21 MB/s | 2.4 MB     00:00
Running rpm_check_debug
Running Transaction Test
Transaction Test Succeeded
Running Transaction
  Installing : 2:postfix-2.6.6-2.2.el6_1.x86_64                                                                                         1/5
  Installing : cronie-1.4.4-7.el6.x86_64                                                                                                2/5
  Installing : crontabs-1.10-33.el6.noarch                                                                                              3/5
  Installing : cronie-anacron-1.4.4-7.el6.x86_64                                                                                        4/5
  Installing : sysstat-9.0.4-20.el6.x86_64                                                                                              5/5
  Verifying  : crontabs-1.10-33.el6.noarch                                                                                              1/5
  Verifying  : cronie-1.4.4-7.el6.x86_64                                                                                                2/5
  Verifying  : 2:postfix-2.6.6-2.2.el6_1.x86_64                                                                                         3/5
  Verifying  : sysstat-9.0.4-20.el6.x86_64                                                                                              4/5
  Verifying  : cronie-anacron-1.4.4-7.el6.x86_64                                                                                        5/5

Installed:
  sysstat.x86_64 0:9.0.4-20.el6

Dependency Installed:
  cronie.x86_64 0:1.4.4-7.el6    cronie-anacron.x86_64 0:1.4.4-7.el6    crontabs.noarch 0:1.10-33.el6    postfix.x86_64 2:2.6.6-2.2.el6_1

Complete!

Re-installing MySQL MHA node.

$ cd /tmp
$ wget http://mysql-master-ha.googlecode.com/files/mha4mysql-node-0.54-0.el6.noarch.rpm
$ sudo rpm -ivh mha4mysql-node-*.noarch.rpm

There is now a lot more work needed to check and recheck the dependencies and verify what did work previously still works.

At this time doing this on 20 DB servers to move to the new yum repository is a fail for this client. It’s simply not worth it.

Conclusion

Theory easy, practice not to easy!

What SQL is running in MySQL

Using the MySQL 5.6 Performance Schema it is very easy to see what is actually running on your MySQL instance. No more sampling or installing software or worrying about disk I/O performance with techniques like SHOW PROCESSLIST, enabling the general query log or sniffing the TCP/IP stack.

The following SQL is used to give me a quick 60 second view on a running MySQL system of ALL statements executed.

use performance_schema;
update setup_consumers set enabled='YES' where name IN ('events_statements_history','events_statements_current','statements_digest');
truncate table events_statements_current; truncate table events_statements_history; truncate table events_statements_summary_by_digest;
do sleep(60);
select now(),(count_star/(select sum(count_star) FROM events_statements_summary_by_digest) * 100) as pct, count_star, left(digest_text,150) as stmt, digest from events_statements_summary_by_digest order by 2 desc;
update setup_consumers set enabled='NO' where name IN ('events_statements_history','events_statements_current','statements_digest');

NOTE: These statements are for simple debugging and demonstration purposes. If you want to monitor SQL statements on an ongoing basis, you should not simply truncate tables and globally enable/disable options.

There are four performance schema tables that are applicable for looking at initial SQL analysis.

  1. The events_statements_summary_by_digest table shown below gives as the name suggests a way to summarize all queries into a common query pattern (or digest). This is great to get a picture of volume and frequency of SQL statements.
  2. The events_statements_current shows the currently running SQL statements
  3. The events_statements_history shows the fun, because it provides a *short, default 10 threads* history of the SQL statements that have run in any given thread.
  4. The events_statements_history_long (when enabled) gives you a history of the most recent 10,000 events.

One query can give me a detailed review of the type and frequency of ALL SQL statements run. The ALL is important, because on a slave you also get ALL replication applied events.

mysql> select now(),(count_star/(select sum(count_star) FROM events_statements_summary_by_digest) * 100) as pct, count_star, left(digest_text,150) as stmt, digest from events_statements_summary_by_digest order by 2 desc;
select * from events_statements_current where digest='ffb6231b78efc022175650d37a837b99'G
+---------------------+---------+------------+--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------+----------------------------------+
| now()               | pct     | count_star | stmt                                                                                                                                                   | digest                           |
+---------------------+---------+------------+--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------+----------------------------------+
| 2013-11-07 18:24:46 | 60.6585 |       7185 | SELECT * FROM `D.....` WHERE `name` = ?                                                                                                                | d6399273d75e2348d6d7ea872489a30c |
| 2013-11-07 18:24:46 | 23.4192 |       2774 | SELECT nc . id , nc . name FROM A.................. anc JOIN N........... nc ON anc . ............_id = nc . id WHERE ......._id = ?                   | c6e2249eb91767aa09945cbb118adbb3 |
| 2013-11-07 18:24:46 |  5.5298 |        655 | BEGIN                                                                                                                                                  | 7519b14a899fd514365211a895f5e833 |
| 2013-11-07 18:24:46 |  4.6180 |        547 | INSERT INTO V........ VALUES (...) ON DUPLICATE KEY UPDATE v.... = v.... + ?                                                                           | ffb6231b78efc022175650d37a837b99 |
| 2013-11-07 18:24:46 |  1.0891 |        129 | SELECT COUNT ( * ) FROM T............... WHERE rule = ? AND ? LIKE concat ( pattern , ? )                                                              | 22d984df583adc9a1ac282239e7629e2 |
| 2013-11-07 18:24:46 |  1.0553 |        125 | SELECT COUNT ( * ) FROM T............... WHERE rule = ? AND ? LIKE concat ( ? , pattern , ? )                                                          | a8ee43287bb2ee35e2c144c569a8b2de |
| 2013-11-07 18:24:46 |  0.9033 |        107 | INSERT IGNORE INTO `K......` ( `id` , `k......` ) VALUES (...)                                                                                         | 675e32e9eac555f33df240e80305c013 |
| 2013-11-07 18:24:46 |  0.7936 |         94 | SELECT * FROM `K......` WHERE k...... IN (...)                                                                                                         | 8aa7dc3b6f729aec61bd8d7dfa5978fa |
| 2013-11-07 18:24:46 |  0.4559 |         54 | SELECT COUNT ( * ) FROM D..... WHERE NAME = ? OR NAME = ?                                                                                              | 1975f53832b0c2506de482898cf1fd37 |
| 2013-11-07 18:24:46 |  0.3208 |         38 | SELECT h . * FROM H........ h LEFT JOIN H............ ht ON h . id = ht . ......_id WHERE ht . ........._id = ? ORDER BY h . level ASC                 | ca838db99e40fdeae920f7feae99d19f |
| 2013-11-07 18:24:46 |  0.2702 |         32 | SELECT h . * , ( POW ( ? * ( lat - - ? ) , ? ) + POW ( ? * ( ? - lon ) * COS ( lat / ? ) , ? ) ) AS distance FROM H........ h FORCE INDEX ( lat ) WHER | cd6e32fc0a20fab32662e2b0a282845c |
| 2013-11-07 18:24:46 |  0.1857 |         22 | SELECT h . * , ( POW ( ? * ( lat - ? ) , ? ) + POW ( ? * ( - ? - lon ) * COS ( lat / ? ) , ? ) ) AS distance FROM H........ h FORCE INDEX ( lat ) WHER | a7b43944f5811ef36c0ded7e79793536 |
| 2013-11-07 18:24:46 |  0.0760 |          9 | SELECT h . * , ( POW ( ? * ( lat - ? ) , ? ) + POW ( ? * ( ? - lon ) * COS ( lat / ? ) , ? ) ) AS distance FROM H........ h FORCE INDEX ( lat ) WHERE  | 4ccd8b28ae9e87a9c0b372a58ca22af7 |
| 2013-11-07 18:24:46 |  0.0169 |          2 | SELECT * FROM `K......` WHERE k...... IN (?)                                                                                                           | 44286e824d922d8e2ba6d993584844fb |
| 2013-11-07 18:24:46 |  0.0084 |          1 | SELECT h . * , ( POW ( ? * ( lat - - ? ) , ? ) + POW ( ? * ( - ? - lon ) * COS ( lat / ? ) , ? ) ) AS distance FROM H........ h FORCE INDEX ( lat ) WH | 299095227a67d99824af2ba012b81633 |
| 2013-11-07 18:24:46 |  0.0084 |          1 | SELECT * FROM `H........` WHERE `id` = ?                                                                                                               | 2924ea1d925a6e158397406403a63e3a |
| 2013-11-07 18:24:46 |  0.0084 |          1 | SHOW ENGINE INNODB STATUS                                                                                                                              | 0b04d3acd555401f1cbc479f920b1bac |
| 2013-11-07 18:24:46 |  0.0084 |          1 | DO `sleep` (?)                                                                                                                                         | 3d6e973c2657d0d136bbbdad05e68c7a |
| 2013-11-07 18:24:46 |  0.0084 |          1 | SHOW ENGINE INNODB MUTEX                                                                                                                               | a031f0e6068cb12c5b7508106687c2cb |
| 2013-11-07 18:24:46 |  0.0084 |          1 | SELECT NOW ( ) , ( `count_star` / ( SELECT SUM ( `count_star` ) FROM `events_statements_summary_by_digest` ) * ? ) AS `pct` , `count_star` , LEFT ( `d | 8a9e990cd85d6c42a2e537d04c8c5910 |
| 2013-11-07 18:24:46 |  0.0084 |          1 | SHOW SLAVE STATUS                                                                                                                                      | d2a0ffb1232f2704cef785f030306603 |
| 2013-11-07 18:24:46 |  0.0084 |          1 | TRUNCATE TABLE `events_statements_summary_by_digest`                                                                                                   | a7bef5367816ca771571e648ba963515 |
| 2013-11-07 18:24:46 |  0.0084 |          1 | UPDATE `setup_consumers` SET `enabled` = ? WHERE NAME IN (...)                                                                                         | 8205ea424267a604a3a4f68a76bc0bbb |
| 2013-11-07 18:24:46 |  0.0084 |          1 | SHOW GLOBAL STATUS                                                                                                                                     | ddf94d7d7b176021b8586a3cce1e85c9 |
+---------------------+---------+------------+--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------+----------------------------------+

This immediately shows me a single simple application query that is executed 60% of the time. Further review of the data and usage pattern shows that should be cached. This is an immediate improvement on system scalability.

While you can look at the raw performance schema data, using ps_helper from Mark Leith makes live easier using the statement_analysis view because of normalizing timers into human readable formats (check out lock_latency).

mysql> select * from ps_helper.statement_analysis order by exec_count desc limit 10;
+-------------------------------------------------------------------+-----------+------------+-----------+------------+---------------+-------------+-------------+--------------+-----------+---------------+--------------+------------+-----------------+-------------+-------------------+----------------------------------+
| query                                                             | full_scan | exec_count | err_count | warn_count | total_latency | max_latency | avg_latency | lock_latency | rows_sent | rows_sent_avg | rows_scanned | tmp_tables | tmp_disk_tables | rows_sorted | sort_merge_passes | digest                           |
+-------------------------------------------------------------------+-----------+------------+-----------+------------+---------------+-------------+-------------+--------------+-----------+---------------+--------------+------------+-----------------+-------------+-------------------+----------------------------------+
| CREATE VIEW `io_by_thread_by_l ... SUM ( `sum_timer_wait` ) DESC  |           |     146117 |         0 |          0 | 00:01:47.36   | 765.11 ms   | 734.74 us   | 00:01:02.00  |         3 |             0 |            3 |          0 |               0 |           0 |                 0 | c877ec02dce17ea0aca2f256e5b9dc70 |
| SELECT nc . id , nc . name FRO ...  nc . id WHERE ......._id = ?  |           |      41394 |         0 |          0 | 16.85 s       | 718.37 ms   | 407.00 us   | 5.22 s       |    155639 |             4 |       312077 |          0 |               0 |           0 |                 0 | c6e2249eb91767aa09945cbb118adbb3 |
| BEGIN                                                             |           |      16281 |         0 |          0 | 223.24 ms     | 738.82 us   | 13.71 us    | 0 ps         |         0 |             0 |            0 |          0 |               0 |           0 |                 0 | 7519b14a899fd514365211a895f5e833 |
| INSERT INTO V........ VALUES ( ...  KEY UPDATE v.... = v.... + ?  |           |      12703 |         0 |          0 | 1.73 s        | 34.23 ms    | 136.54 us   | 696.50 ms    |         0 |             0 |            0 |          0 |               0 |           0 |                 0 | ffb6231b78efc022175650d37a837b99 |
| SELECT * FROM `D.....` WHERE `name` = ?                           |           |      10620 |         0 |          0 | 3.85 s        | 25.21 ms    | 362.52 us   | 705.16 ms    |         1 |             0 |            1 |          0 |               0 |           0 |                 0 | d6399273d75e2348d6d7ea872489a30c |
| SELECT COUNT ( * ) FROM T..... ... ? LIKE concat ( pattern , ? )  |           |       2830 |         0 |          0 | 1.22 s        | 2.14 ms     | 432.60 us   | 215.62 ms    |      2830 |             1 |       101880 |          0 |               0 |           0 |                 0 | 22d984df583adc9a1ac282239e7629e2 |
| SELECT COUNT ( * ) FROM T..... ... KE concat ( ? , pattern , ? )  |           |       2727 |         0 |          0 | 932.01 ms     | 30.95 ms    | 341.77 us   | 189.47 ms    |      2727 |             1 |        38178 |          0 |               0 |           0 |                 0 | a8ee43287bb2ee35e2c144c569a8b2de |
| INSERT IGNORE INTO `K......` ( `id` , `k......` ) VALUES (...)    |           |       2447 |         0 |          0 | 499.33 ms     | 9.65 ms     | 204.06 us   | 108.28 ms    |         0 |             0 |            0 |          0 |               0 |           0 |                 0 | 675e32e9eac555f33df240e80305c013 |
| SELECT * FROM `K......` WHERE k...... IN (...)                    |           |       2237 |         0 |          0 | 1.58 s        | 62.33 ms    | 704.19 us   | 345.61 ms    |     59212 |            26 |        59212 |          0 |               0 |           0 |                 0 | 8aa7dc3b6f729aec61bd8d7dfa5978fa |
| SELECT COUNT ( * ) FROM D..... WHERE NAME = ? OR NAME = ?         |           |       1285 |         0 |          0 | 797.72 ms     | 131.29 ms   | 620.79 us   | 340.45 ms    |      1285 |             1 |            8 |          0 |               0 |           0 |                 0 | 1975f53832b0c2506de482898cf1fd37 |
+-------------------------------------------------------------------+-----------+------------+-----------+------------+---------------+-------------+-------------+--------------+-----------+---------------+--------------+------------+-----------------+-------------+-------------------+----------------------------------+

Indeed, this simple query highlights a pile of additional information necessary for analysis like:

  1. What is that CREATE VIEW command that’s executed many more times?
  2. In this view, query 2 is executed some 3x more then query 4, yet in my 60 second sample it was 3x less. Has the profile of query load changed. What exactly is being sampled in this view?
  3. The lock_latency shows some incredibility large lock times, over 5 seconds for the top SELECT statement. Is this an outlier. Unfortunately the views give min/avg/max for the total_latency but no breakdown on lock_latency to see how much of a problem this actually is?

A quick note, the statement_analysis_raw view gives you the full SQL statement, so for example the first point listed the statement actually was.

select query from ps_helper.statement_analysis_raw order by exec_count desc limit 1;
CREATE VIEW `io_by_thread_by_latency` AS SELECT IF ( `processlist_id` IS NULL , `SUBSTRING_INDEX` ( NAME , ? , - ? ) , `CONCAT` ( `processlist_user` , ? , `processlist_host` ) ) SYSTEM_USER , SUM ( `count_star` ) `count_star` , `format_time` ( SUM ( `sum_timer_wait` ) ) `total_latency` , `format_time` ( MIN ( `min_timer_wait` ) ) `min_latency` , `format_time` ( AVG ( `avg_timer_wait` ) ) `avg_latency` , `format_time` ( MAX ( `max_timer_wait` ) ) `max_latency` , `thread_id` , `processlist_id` FROM `performance_schema` . `events_waits_summary_by_thread_by_event_name` LEFT JOIN `performance_schema` . `threads` USING ( `thread_id` ) WHERE `event_name` LIKE ? AND `sum_timer_wait` > ? GROUP BY `thread_id` ORDER BY SUM ( `sum_timer_wait` ) DESC

Monitoring an online MySQL ALTER TABLE using Performance Schema

Recently a client asked me how long it would take for an ALTER TABLE to complete. Generally the answer is “it depends”. While this was running on a production system I tried with the Performance Schema in MySQL 5.6 to work out some answer to this question. While I never got to investigate various tests using INPLACE and COPY for comparison, Morgan Tocker made the request for experiences with online ALTER in A closer look at Online DDL in MySQL 5.6. Hopefully somebody with more time can expand on my preliminary observations.

Using Mark Leith’s ps_helper (older version) I monitored the File I/O to see if I could determine when using innodb_file_per_table the percentage of table writing to be completed.

Other data access on this slave server was disabled, so these results represent the I/O of a single ALTER TABLE statement.

  • We can clearly see the reading of the Txxxxxxxxxxxxxx.ibd table,starting at 4.03G, then 7.79G, and following that a peak of 9.75 GB.
  • We see the writing of Txxxxxxxxxxxxxx.ibd in the last samples, and it completes 9.85 GB, the “write_pct” is shows ~50%, a good indicator of a total read and write of the table
  • What we also see is an “Innodb Merge Temp File” which is initially all writes, an indication of what may be a “copy”, however what is *interesting* is the amount of reads and writes are 6X the size of the underlying table
  • Recall that this server is effectively *idle*, so there is no need to be keeping version information of actual table changes
  • This “Innodb Merge Temp File” also works in 1MB chunks, so comparing the “count” values between the base table of 16K operations can be misleading if you just look at count deltas during the process.

Given more time, I would have performed more extensive monitoring including timestamps, and run a test using the COPY algorithm to see if this took less time.

Sample 1

mysql> select * from ps_helper.io_global_by_file_by_bytes limit 10;
+---------------------------------------------+------------+------------+-----------+-------------+---------------+-----------+-----------+-----------+
| file                                        | count_read | total_read | avg_read  | count_write | total_written | avg_write | total     | write_pct |
+---------------------------------------------+------------+------------+-----------+-------------+---------------+-----------+-----------+-----------+
| @@datadir/nsikeyword/Txxxxxxxxxxxxxx.ibd    |     264207 | 4.03 GiB   | 16.00 KiB |         191 | 2.98 MiB      | 16.00 KiB | 4.03 GiB  |      0.07 |
| @@datadir/Innodb Merge Temp File            |          0 | 0 bytes    | 0 bytes   |        1912 | 1.87 GiB      | 1.00 MiB  | 1.87 GiB  |    100.00 |
| @@datadir/ibdata1                           |        412 | 8.41 MiB   | 20.89 KiB |         693 | 46.52 MiB     | 68.73 KiB | 54.92 MiB |     84.69 |
| @@datadir/ib_logfile1                       |          2 | 64.50 KiB  | 32.25 KiB |       16670 | 11.92 MiB     | 750 bytes | 11.98 MiB |     99.47 |
| /mysql/binlog/mysql-relay-bin.003236        |        749 | 5.85 MiB   | 8.00 KiB  |       49943 | 5.85 MiB      | 123 bytes | 11.70 MiB |     50.00 |
| @@datadir/mysql/slave_master_info.ibd       |          4 | 64.00 KiB  | 16.00 KiB |           0 | 0 bytes       | 0 bytes   | 64.00 KiB |      0.00 |
| @@datadir/mysql/slave_relay_log_info.ibd    |          4 | 64.00 KiB  | 16.00 KiB |           0 | 0 bytes       | 0 bytes   | 64.00 KiB |      0.00 |
| @@datadir/mysql/slave_worker_info.ibd       |          4 | 64.00 KiB  | 16.00 KiB |           0 | 0 bytes       | 0 bytes   | 64.00 KiB |      0.00 |
+---------------------------------------------+------------+------------+-----------+-------------+---------------+-----------+-----------+-----------+

Sample 2

mysql> select * from ps_helper.io_global_by_file_by_bytes limit 10;
+---------------------------------------------+------------+------------+-----------+-------------+---------------+-----------+-----------+-----------+
| file                                        | count_read | total_read | avg_read  | count_write | total_written | avg_write | total     | write_pct |
+---------------------------------------------+------------+------------+-----------+-------------+---------------+-----------+-----------+-----------+
| @@datadir/nsikeyword/Txxxxxxxxxxxxxx.ibd    |     510483 | 7.79 GiB   | 16.00 KiB |         191 | 2.98 MiB      | 16.00 KiB | 7.79 GiB  |      0.04 |
| @@datadir/Innodb Merge Temp File            |          0 | 0 bytes    | 0 bytes   |        3517 | 3.43 GiB      | 1.00 MiB  | 3.43 GiB  |    100.00 |
| @@datadir/ibdata1                           |        412 | 8.41 MiB   | 20.89 KiB |         693 | 46.52 MiB     | 68.73 KiB | 54.92 MiB |     84.69 |
| @@datadir/ib_logfile1                       |          2 | 64.50 KiB  | 32.25 KiB |       16670 | 11.92 MiB     | 750 bytes | 11.98 MiB |     99.47 |
| /mysql/binlog/mysql-relay-bin.003236        |        749 | 5.85 MiB   | 8.00 KiB  |       49943 | 5.85 MiB      | 123 bytes | 11.70 MiB |     50.00 |
| @@datadir/mysql/slave_master_info.ibd       |          4 | 64.00 KiB  | 16.00 KiB |           0 | 0 bytes       | 0 bytes   | 64.00 KiB |      0.00 |
| @@datadir/mysql/slave_relay_log_info.ibd    |          4 | 64.00 KiB  | 16.00 KiB |           0 | 0 bytes       | 0 bytes   | 64.00 KiB |      0.00 |
| @@datadir/mysql/slave_worker_info.ibd       |          4 | 64.00 KiB  | 16.00 KiB |           0 | 0 bytes       | 0 bytes   | 64.00 KiB |      0.00 |
+---------------------------------------------+------------+------------+-----------+-------------+---------------+-----------+-----------+-----------+

Sample 3

mysql> select * from ps_helper.io_global_by_file_by_bytes limit 10;
+---------------------------------------------+------------+------------+-----------+-------------+---------------+-----------+------------+-----------+
| file                                        | count_read | total_read | avg_read  | count_write | total_written | avg_write | total      | write_pct |
+---------------------------------------------+------------+------------+-----------+-------------+---------------+-----------+------------+-----------+
| @@datadir/Innodb Merge Temp File            |      19503 | 19.05 GiB  | 1.00 MiB  |       23798 | 23.24 GiB     | 1.00 MiB  | 42.29 GiB  |     54.96 |
| @@datadir/nsikeyword/Txxxxxxxxxxxxxx.ibd    |     638920 | 9.75 GiB   | 16.00 KiB |         191 | 2.98 MiB      | 16.00 KiB | 9.75 GiB   |      0.03 |
| @@datadir/ibdata1                           |        412 | 8.41 MiB   | 20.89 KiB |         693 | 46.52 MiB     | 68.73 KiB | 54.92 MiB  |     84.69 |
| @@datadir/ib_logfile1                       |          2 | 64.50 KiB  | 32.25 KiB |       16670 | 11.92 MiB     | 750 bytes | 11.98 MiB  |     99.47 |
| /mysql/binlog/mysql-relay-bin.003236        |        749 | 5.85 MiB   | 8.00 KiB  |       49943 | 5.85 MiB      | 123 bytes | 11.70 MiB  |     50.00 |
| @@datadir/mysql/proc.MYD                    |        692 | 423.96 KiB | 627 bytes |           0 | 0 bytes       | 0 bytes   | 423.96 KiB |      0.00 |
| @@datadir/mysql/slave_master_info.ibd       |          4 | 64.00 KiB  | 16.00 KiB |           0 | 0 bytes       | 0 bytes   | 64.00 KiB  |      0.00 |
| @@datadir/mysql/slave_relay_log_info.ibd    |          4 | 64.00 KiB  | 16.00 KiB |           0 | 0 bytes       | 0 bytes   | 64.00 KiB  |      0.00 |
+---------------------------------------------+------------+------------+-----------+-------------+---------------+-----------+------------+-----------+

Sample 4

mysql> select * from ps_helper.io_global_by_file_by_bytes limit 10;
+---------------------------------------------+------------+------------+-----------+-------------+---------------+-----------+------------+-----------+
| file                                        | count_read | total_read | avg_read  | count_write | total_written | avg_write | total      | write_pct |
+---------------------------------------------+------------+------------+-----------+-------------+---------------+-----------+------------+-----------+
| @@datadir/Innodb Merge Temp File            |      36865 | 36.00 GiB  | 1.00 MiB  |       41160 | 40.20 GiB     | 1.00 MiB  | 76.20 GiB  |     52.75 |
| @@datadir/nsikeyword/Txxxxxxxxxxxxxx.ibd    |     638920 | 9.75 GiB   | 16.00 KiB |         191 | 2.98 MiB      | 16.00 KiB | 9.75 GiB   |      0.03 |
| @@datadir/ibdata1                           |        412 | 8.41 MiB   | 20.89 KiB |         693 | 46.52 MiB     | 68.73 KiB | 54.92 MiB  |     84.69 |
| @@datadir/ib_logfile1                       |          2 | 64.50 KiB  | 32.25 KiB |       16670 | 11.92 MiB     | 750 bytes | 11.98 MiB  |     99.47 |
| /mysql/binlog/mysql-relay-bin.003236        |        749 | 5.85 MiB   | 8.00 KiB  |       49943 | 5.85 MiB      | 123 bytes | 11.70 MiB  |     50.00 |
| @@datadir/mysql/proc.MYD                    |        692 | 423.96 KiB | 627 bytes |           0 | 0 bytes       | 0 bytes   | 423.96 KiB |      0.00 |
| @@datadir/mysql/slave_master_info.ibd       |          4 | 64.00 KiB  | 16.00 KiB |           0 | 0 bytes       | 0 bytes   | 64.00 KiB  |      0.00 |
| @@datadir/mysql/slave_relay_log_info.ibd    |          4 | 64.00 KiB  | 16.00 KiB |           0 | 0 bytes       | 0 bytes   | 64.00 KiB  |      0.00 |
+---------------------------------------------+------------+------------+-----------+-------------+---------------+-----------+------------+-----------+

Sample 5

mysql> select * from ps_helper.io_global_by_file_by_bytes limit 10;
+---------------------------------------------+------------+------------+-----------+-------------+---------------+------------+------------+-----------+
| file                                        | count_read | total_read | avg_read  | count_write | total_written | avg_write  | total      | write_pct |
+---------------------------------------------+------------+------------+-----------+-------------+---------------+------------+------------+-----------+
| @@datadir/Innodb Merge Temp File            |      57009 | 55.67 GiB  | 1.00 MiB  |       60144 | 58.73 GiB     | 1.00 MiB   | 114.41 GiB |     51.34 |
| @@datadir/nsikeyword/Txxxxxxxxxxxxxx.ibd    |     638922 | 9.75 GiB   | 16.00 KiB |       92839 | 2.56 GiB      | 28.88 KiB  | 12.31 GiB  |     20.78 |
| @@datadir/ibdata1                           |        412 | 8.41 MiB   | 20.89 KiB |        8081 | 1.44 GiB      | 186.98 KiB | 1.45 GiB   |     99.43 |
| @@datadir/ib_logfile0                       |          4 | 3.50 KiB   | 896 bytes |        4443 | 845.59 MiB    | 194.89 KiB | 845.60 MiB |    100.00 |
| @@datadir/ib_logfile1                       |          2 | 64.50 KiB  | 32.25 KiB |       19327 | 735.53 MiB    | 38.97 KiB  | 735.60 MiB |     99.99 |
| /mysql/binlog/mysql-relay-bin.003236        |        749 | 5.85 MiB   | 8.00 KiB  |       49943 | 5.85 MiB      | 123 bytes  | 11.70 MiB  |     50.00 |
| @@datadir/mysql/proc.MYD                    |        696 | 426.43 KiB | 627 bytes |           0 | 0 bytes       | 0 bytes    | 426.43 KiB |      0.00 |
| @@datadir/mysql/slave_master_info.ibd       |          4 | 64.00 KiB  | 16.00 KiB |           0 | 0 bytes       | 0 bytes    | 64.00 KiB  |      0.00 |
+---------------------------------------------+------------+------------+-----------+-------------+---------------+------------+------------+-----------+

Sample 6

mysql> select * from ps_helper.io_global_by_file_by_bytes limit 10;
+---------------------------------------------+------------+------------+-----------+-------------+---------------+------------+------------+-----------+
| file                                        | count_read | total_read | avg_read  | count_write | total_written | avg_write  | total      | write_pct |
+---------------------------------------------+------------+------------+-----------+-------------+---------------+------------+------------+-----------+
| @@datadir/Innodb Merge Temp File            |      60144 | 58.73 GiB  | 1.00 MiB  |       60144 | 58.73 GiB     | 1.00 MiB   | 117.47 GiB |     50.00 |
| @@datadir/nsikeyword/Txxxxxxxxxxxxxx.ibd    |     638922 | 9.75 GiB   | 16.00 KiB |      348927 | 9.85 GiB      | 29.61 KiB  | 19.60 GiB  |     50.27 |
| @@datadir/ibdata1                           |        427 | 8.64 MiB   | 20.72 KiB |       31941 | 5.30 GiB      | 173.84 KiB | 5.30 GiB   |     99.84 |
| @@datadir/ib_logfile0                       |          4 | 3.50 KiB   | 896 bytes |       15763 | 2.97 GiB      | 197.34 KiB | 2.97 GiB   |    100.00 |
| @@datadir/ib_logfile1                       |          2 | 64.50 KiB  | 32.25 KiB |       29864 | 2.72 GiB      | 95.62 KiB  | 2.72 GiB   |    100.00 |
| /mysql/binlog/mysql-relay-bin.003236        |        749 | 5.85 MiB   | 8.00 KiB  |       49943 | 5.85 MiB      | 123 bytes  | 11.70 MiB  |     50.00 |
| @@datadir/mysql/proc.MYD                    |        700 | 428.89 KiB | 627 bytes |           0 | 0 bytes       | 0 bytes    | 428.89 KiB |      0.00 |
| @@datadir/mysql/innodb_index_stats.ibd      |          5 | 80.00 KiB  | 16.00 KiB |           1 | 16.00 KiB     | 16.00 KiB  | 96.00 KiB  |     16.67 |
+---------------------------------------------+------------+------------+-----------+-------------+---------------+------------+------------+-----------+

MySQL shutdown via service reporting ERROR

Working with MySQL 5.6 under CentOS 6.4 I came across the following problem with MySQL reporting it did not shutdown successfully.

$ sudo su -
$ service mysql stop
Shutting down MySQL................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
.........................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
.........................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
................. ERROR!

However, you have to look into the problem in the all important MySQL Error Log where I found a different story.

$ tail -100 /mysql/log/error.log
...
2013-11-04 14:43:40 32351 [Note] Shutting down plugin 'INNODB_LOCK_WAITS'
2013-11-04 14:43:40 32351 [Note] Shutting down plugin 'INNODB_LOCKS'
2013-11-04 14:43:40 32351 [Note] Shutting down plugin 'INNODB_TRX'
2013-11-04 14:43:40 32351 [Note] Shutting down plugin 'InnoDB'
2013-11-04 14:43:40 32351 [Note] InnoDB: FTS optimize thread exiting.
2013-11-04 14:43:40 32351 [Note] InnoDB: Starting shutdown...
2013-11-04 14:44:41 32351 [Note] InnoDB: Waiting for page_cleaner to finish flushing of buffer pool
2013-11-04 14:45:41 32351 [Note] InnoDB: Waiting for page_cleaner to finish flushing of buffer pool
2013-11-04 14:46:41 32351 [Note] InnoDB: Waiting for page_cleaner to finish flushing of buffer pool
2013-11-04 14:47:41 32351 [Note] InnoDB: Waiting for page_cleaner to finish flushing of buffer pool
2013-11-04 14:48:41 32351 [Note] InnoDB: Waiting for page_cleaner to finish flushing of buffer pool
2013-11-04 14:49:41 32351 [Note] InnoDB: Waiting for page_cleaner to finish flushing of buffer pool
2013-11-04 14:50:42 32351 [Note] InnoDB: Waiting for page_cleaner to finish flushing of buffer pool
2013-11-04 14:51:42 32351 [Note] InnoDB: Waiting for page_cleaner to finish flushing of buffer pool
2013-11-04 14:52:42 32351 [Note] InnoDB: Waiting for page_cleaner to finish flushing of buffer pool
2013-11-04 14:53:42 32351 [Note] InnoDB: Waiting for page_cleaner to finish flushing of buffer pool
2013-11-04 14:54:42 32351 [Note] InnoDB: Waiting for page_cleaner to finish flushing of buffer pool
2013-11-04 14:55:42 32351 [Note] InnoDB: Waiting for page_cleaner to finish flushing of buffer pool
2013-11-04 14:56:43 32351 [Note] InnoDB: Waiting for page_cleaner to finish flushing of buffer pool
2013-11-04 14:57:43 32351 [Note] InnoDB: Waiting for page_cleaner to finish flushing of buffer pool
2013-11-04 14:58:43 32351 [Note] InnoDB: Waiting for page_cleaner to finish flushing of buffer pool
2013-11-04 14:59:43 32351 [Note] InnoDB: Waiting for page_cleaner to finish flushing of buffer pool
2013-11-04 15:00:43 32351 [Note] InnoDB: Waiting for page_cleaner to finish flushing of buffer pool
2013-11-04 15:01:43 32351 [Note] InnoDB: Waiting for page_cleaner to finish flushing of buffer pool
2013-11-04 15:02:01 32351 [Note] InnoDB: Shutdown completed; log sequence number 109188218872
2013-11-04 15:02:01 32351 [Note] Shutting down plugin 'MRG_MYISAM'
2013-11-04 15:02:01 32351 [Note] Shutting down plugin 'CSV'
2013-11-04 15:02:01 32351 [Note] Shutting down plugin 'MEMORY'
2013-11-04 15:02:01 32351 [Note] Shutting down plugin 'MyISAM'
2013-11-04 15:02:01 32351 [Note] Shutting down plugin 'sha256_password'
2013-11-04 15:02:01 32351 [Note] Shutting down plugin 'mysql_old_password'
2013-11-04 15:02:01 32351 [Note] Shutting down plugin 'mysql_native_password'
2013-11-04 15:02:01 32351 [Note] Shutting down plugin 'binlog'
2013-11-04 15:02:01 32351 [Note] /usr/sbin/mysqld: Shutdown complete

131104 15:02:01 mysqld_safe mysqld from pid file /var/run/mysqld/mysql.pid ended

The log indicates that the server is actually shutdown, an attempt to try again results in

$ service mysql stop
 ERROR! MySQL server PID file could not be found!

Doing some more investigation to pinpoint if the issue is “service” (i.e. “init.d”) related, I found that the command took suspiciously exactly 15 minutes (on several occasions) and MySQL was indeed not shutdown. For example:

$ sudo su -
$ time service mysql stop; tail /mysql/log/error.log
Shutting down MySQL................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
..........................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
..........................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
................ ERROR!

real	15m4.003s
user	0m0.561s
sys	0m2.194s
2013-11-06 16:50:37 19887 [Note] InnoDB: Waiting for page_cleaner to finish flushing of buffer pool
2013-11-06 16:51:38 19887 [Note] InnoDB: Waiting for page_cleaner to finish flushing of buffer pool
2013-11-06 16:52:38 19887 [Note] InnoDB: Waiting for page_cleaner to finish flushing of buffer pool
2013-11-06 16:53:38 19887 [Note] InnoDB: Waiting for page_cleaner to finish flushing of buffer pool
2013-11-06 16:54:38 19887 [Note] InnoDB: Waiting for page_cleaner to finish flushing of buffer pool
2013-11-06 16:55:38 19887 [Note] InnoDB: Waiting for page_cleaner to finish flushing of buffer pool
2013-11-06 16:56:39 19887 [Note] InnoDB: Waiting for page_cleaner to finish flushing of buffer pool
2013-11-06 16:57:39 19887 [Note] InnoDB: Waiting for page_cleaner to finish flushing of buffer pool
2013-11-06 16:58:39 19887 [Note] InnoDB: Waiting for page_cleaner to finish flushing of buffer pool
2013-11-06 16:59:39 19887 [Note] InnoDB: Waiting for page_cleaner to finish flushing of buffer pool

However, waiting it did indeed complete successfully.

tail -f /mysql/log/error.log
2013-11-06 16:51:38 19887 [Note] InnoDB: Waiting for page_cleaner to finish flushing of buffer pool
2013-11-06 16:52:38 19887 [Note] InnoDB: Waiting for page_cleaner to finish flushing of buffer pool
2013-11-06 16:53:38 19887 [Note] InnoDB: Waiting for page_cleaner to finish flushing of buffer pool
2013-11-06 16:54:38 19887 [Note] InnoDB: Waiting for page_cleaner to finish flushing of buffer pool
2013-11-06 16:55:38 19887 [Note] InnoDB: Waiting for page_cleaner to finish flushing of buffer pool
2013-11-06 16:56:39 19887 [Note] InnoDB: Waiting for page_cleaner to finish flushing of buffer pool
2013-11-06 16:57:39 19887 [Note] InnoDB: Waiting for page_cleaner to finish flushing of buffer pool
2013-11-06 16:58:39 19887 [Note] InnoDB: Waiting for page_cleaner to finish flushing of buffer pool
2013-11-06 16:59:39 19887 [Note] InnoDB: Waiting for page_cleaner to finish flushing of buffer pool
2013-11-06 17:00:39 19887 [Note] InnoDB: Waiting for page_cleaner to finish flushing of buffer pool
2013-11-06 17:01:39 19887 [Note] InnoDB: Waiting for page_cleaner to finish flushing of buffer pool
2013-11-06 17:02:40 19887 [Note] InnoDB: Waiting for page_cleaner to finish flushing of buffer pool
2013-11-06 17:03:03 19887 [Note] InnoDB: Shutdown completed; log sequence number 109974145720
2013-11-06 17:03:03 19887 [Note] Shutting down plugin 'MRG_MYISAM'
2013-11-06 17:03:03 19887 [Note] Shutting down plugin 'CSV'
2013-11-06 17:03:03 19887 [Note] Shutting down plugin 'MEMORY'
2013-11-06 17:03:03 19887 [Note] Shutting down plugin 'MyISAM'
2013-11-06 17:03:03 19887 [Note] Shutting down plugin 'sha256_password'
2013-11-06 17:03:03 19887 [Note] Shutting down plugin 'mysql_old_password'
2013-11-06 17:03:03 19887 [Note] Shutting down plugin 'mysql_native_password'
2013-11-06 17:03:03 19887 [Note] Shutting down plugin 'binlog'
2013-11-06 17:03:03 19887 [Note] /usr/sbin/mysqld: Shutdown complete

131106 17:03:03 mysqld_safe mysqld from pid file /var/run/mysqld/mysql.pid ended