July 24, 2014

Percona Toolkit 2.1 with New Online Schema Change Tool

I’m proud to announce the GA release of version 2.1 of Percona Toolkit. Percona Toolkit is the essential suite of administrative tools for MySQL. With this release we introduce a new version of pt-online-schema-change, a tool that enables you to ALTER large tables with no blocking or downtime. As you know, MySQL locks tables for […]

Introducing the pmp-check-mysql-status Nagios Plugin

Most of the Nagios plugins included with the Percona Monitoring Plugins are purpose-built for specific scenarios that I found in my research to be frequent, severe, or subtle causes of problems in MySQL systems. They are intentionally not generic because I wanted to focus on doing one thing with each plugin, and doing it excellently. […]

Congratulations to Percona Live Ticket Winners!

It’s taken a little while to sort out the contest logistics, but we’re ready now, so I want to congratulate our three first-prize winners to the Percona Live MySQL Conference and Expo: David Juntgen Jeff Hansen Domenick Petrella For helping us to promote the conference, they’re receiving full conference passes, including tutorials. I hope you […]

How to diagnose errors in the MySQL error log

I frequently see questions about how to understand the nature of errors in MySQL’s error log. Now, there is a lot of complexity to this — the flowchart would be quite large, as with any nontrivial piece of software. But there is one particular class of errors that is relatively easy to diagnose, if you […]

Win Free MySQL Conference Tickets!

We’re giving away three full conference passes (worth $995 each) to the Percona Live MySQL Conference and Expo, and you can win one simply by sharing the conference with your friends and colleagues! Second prize is one of ten copies of the new High Performance MySQL, 3rd Edition (worth $55 each), the recently released update […]

Give feedback on a pt-online-schema-change update

I am writing a specification for updating pt-online-schema-change. The outline of the changes I want to make is here: http://www.percona.com/docs/wiki/ptdev:blueprints:redesign-pt-online-schema-change The idea is to make the tool Do The Right Thing, with features such as automatically throttling its operation to avoid causing replicas to lag. Many of the features and improvements are similar to those […]

A Book-Signing Opportunity for Technical Authors

Have you authored a technical book that’s relevant to MySQL users? Want to get great visibility for yourself and your book? We’re planning a book-signing session for the upcoming MySQL conference, and you can participate in it. In brief, we’ll provide a table for you, and you’ll then be able to promote yourself, i.e. post […]

Percona Toolkit 2.0.4 released

Percona Toolkit version 2.0.4 is available for immediate download. This release fixes 25 bugs and is a bug-fix release only, with the exception of a minor new filtering option for pt-kill. The change log is available on Launchpad. There are links to the documentation, downloads, bug reporting system, and mailing list on the toolkit homepage. […]

MariaDB 5.3 is released as GA!

Congratulations to Monty Program and the many community contributors for releasing the GA version of MariaDB 5.3. We were in our annual all-staff meeting last week, so we are a little slow to blog about this and acknowledge the great work that has gone into MariaDB. Better late than never, I hope. Before I discuss […]

Black-Box MySQL Performance Analysis with TCP Traffic

For about the past year I’ve been formulating a series of tools and practices that can provide deep insight into system performance simply by looking at TCP packet headers, and when they arrive and depart from a system. This works for MySQL as well as a lot of other types of systems, because it doesn’t […]