April 20, 2014

How (not) to find unused indexes

I’ve seen a few people link to an INFORMATION_SCHEMA query to be able to find any indexes that have low cardinality, in an effort to find out what indexes should be removed.  This method is flawed – here’s the first reason why:

The cardinality of status index is woeful, but provided that the application […]

xtrabackup-0.3, binaries and stream backup

We are coming with next version of xtrabackup – online backup solution for MySQL 5.0 / 5.1 and InnoDB standard version, plugin modification and XtraDB. We still consider it as alpha version, though it shows perfect stable results in our tests. Let me address two often asked question about xtrabackup: 1) Does it work only […]

Percona welcomes Ewen Fortune and Piotr Biel

Although we haven’t announced any new members in a while, the Percona team has continued to grow steadily behind the scenes. Our hiring policy is to have a few months’ provisional period to ensure the…, of course. Ewen has been a consultant and contractor before joining Percona, and has many years of experience in Oracle, MySQL, Unix systems ….

Piotr Biel lives in Poland, quite close to our other Polish team member (Maciek Dobrzanski). In his past as a system architect he … can do!

Ewen and Piotr, a very warm welcome to the Percona team from all of us, and we are so glad to …

Add an option to Fail on Innodb Initialize failure, Please ?

I already wrote about this issue but as I is third team I’m helping customers to resolve this “frm corruption” issue it is the time to return to it again. During MySQL 5.0 release cycle the change was made so now MySQL does not stop if Innodb storage engine failed to initialize but starts properly… […]

MyISAM mmap feature (5.1)

As you know MyISAM does not cache data, only indexes. MyISAM assumes OS cache is good enough and uses pread/pwrite system calls for reading/writing datafiles. However OS is not always good in this task, my benchmarks show Linux/Solaris aren’t scalable on intensive pread calls (I believe the same for Windows, but I did not test […]