July 30, 2014

Recover BLOB fields

For a long time long types like BLOB, TEXT were not supported by Percona InnoDB Recovery Tool. The reason consists in a special way InnoDB stores BLOBs. An InnoDB table is stored in a clustered index called PRIMARY. It must exist even if a user hasn’t defined the primary index. The PRIMARY index pages are […]


A week or so ago at the MySQL conference, I visited one of the backup vendors in the Expo Hall. I started to chat with them about their MySQL backup product. One of the representatives told me that their backup product uses FLUSH TABLES WITH READ LOCK, which he admitted takes a global lock on […]


Dear Community, The notice is hereby given that next version 1.2 of XtraBackup software is released. The list of changes in this version includes: Changelog: XtraBackup supports now XtraDB 10 tar4ibd supports variable page size and fast_checksum of XtraDB Supported 32bit platform for Centos 5, Centos 4, Debian lenny and etch, Ubuntu Karmic, Jaunty, Intrepid, […]

Statistics of InnoDB tables and indexes available in xtrabackup

If you ever wondered how big is that or another index in InnoDB … you had to calculate it yourself by multiplying size of row (which I should add is harder in the case of a VARCHAR – since you need to estimate average length) on count of records. And it still would be quite […]


Dear Community, The release 0.9 of the opensource backup tool for InnoDB and XtraDB is available for download. Changelog: tar4ibd could not treat over 8GB file, now max 64GB prepare-speed-hack is added Fixed bugs: Bug #386179: “InnoDB: Error: space id in fsp header 143088, but in the page header 0″ Bug #394374: “Can’t compile with […]

Just how useful are binary logs for incremental backups?

We’ve written about replication slaves lagging behind masters before, but one of the other side effects of the binary log being serialized, is that it also limits the effectiveness of using it for incremental backup.  Let me make up some numbers for the purposes of this example: We have 2 Servers in a Master-Slave topology. […]

Improving InnoDB recovery time

Speed of InnoDB recovery is known and quite annoying problem. It was discussed many times, see: http://bugs.mysql.com/bug.php?id=29847 http://dammit.lt/2008/10/26/innodb-crash-recovery/ This is problem when your InnoDB crashes, it may takes long time to start. Also it affects restoring from backup (both LVM and xtrabackup / innobackup) In this is simple test, I do crash mysql during in-memory […]


Dear community, The release 0.8 of the opensource backup tool for InnoDB and XtraDB is available for download. Key features: New mode of innobackupex –stream=tar4ibd; new command tar4ibd based on libtar-1.2.11 Experimental option –export is added (see Vadim’s post “Impossible – possible, moving InnoDB tables between servers”for details) tar4ibd is made to be sure that […]

xtrabackup-0.7 (RC)

We announce next version of our xtrabackup tool and we consider it stable enough to put label RC on it. Changelist includes: – use O_DIRECT by default for handling InnoDB files – use posix fadvise call to disable OS caching of copying files – disable recovery of double buffer Also we added binary builds for […]

Hint: throttling xtrabackup

Using xtrabackup for copying files can really saturate your disks, and that why we made special option

to limit rate of IO per second. But it really works when you do local copy. What about stream backup ? Even you copy just to remote box with

, read may be so intensive so […]