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The Fine Art of Baloney Detection: In honour of Dr. Carl Sagan

Carl Sagan is a personal hero of mine. Ten years ago today this gifted communicator died of cancer. And so today the community of bloggers that loved and admired Carl Sagan is having a spontaneous blogathon in his memory. You might ask, what does Carl Sagan have to do with being a good DBA? Believe it or not, a lot. Yes, really.

The Pitfalls of Oracle’s Automatic SGA Management

Oracle thinks it can make queries run better by not having to parse them repeatedly, so it grows the shared pool to keep as many queries as it can. Problem: the shared pool is now 4G+. That takes a while to trawl through, which of course adds to the spins on the library cache lock and pushes up CPU usage. I’m going to get into more detail on this when I have the time, but for this db, I think I’m going to switch to manual SGA and set a hard limit of 500M-1G on the shared pool

MySQL Recipes: Promoting a Slave to Master or Changing Masters

In MySQL–land, failovers for redundancy, disaster recovery, or load balancing are performed by master databases and slave databases, the most popular method using binlog replication. There are a couple more methods of replication which aren’t covered here. Also see the MySQL Replication FAQ. The methods are the same, but the formatting of the procedure(s) are less than ideal.

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