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That’s right — get your free 10-day trial! All the information I know is here. The basics are: No access to Rough Cuts or Downloads, for new subscribers only. It’s one of those “sign up and if you do not cancel after 10 days, we bill you” — and at $42.99 a month, that’s not a mistake you want to make. Must sign up by Nov. 24th.

Testing TokuDB – Faster and smaller for large tables

For the past two months, I have been running tests on TokuDB in my free time. TokuDB is a storage engine put out by Tokutek. TokuDB uses fractal tree indexes instead of B-tree indexes to improve performance, which is dramatically noticeable when dealing with large tables (over 100 million rows). For those that like the information “above the fold”, here is a table with results from a test comparing InnoDB and TokuDB. All the steps are explained in the post below, if you want more details.

MySQL on Debian and Ubuntu

When MySQL is first installed on Ubuntu/Debian, this problem never occurs because the package as part of the post installation process randomly creates a password for the debian-sys-maint user, creates the user in MySQL (during the initial installation the root MySQL user has no password so is able to login as root), and creates the /etc/mysql/debian-my.cnf file on the system. So what’s the solution? Well, there are ways to deal with it.

Video: Building a MySQL Slave and Keeping it in Sync

Last night at the Boston MySQL User Group I presented on how to get a consistent snapshot to build a slave, use mk-table-checksum to check for differences between masters and slaves on an ongoing basis, and how to use tools such as mk-table-sync and mysqldump to sync the data if there are any discrepancies. The links to the slides and video are here.

Where we’ve been…

You might notice that I haven’t blogged in oh, 2 years.  How remiss of me.  The only defense I have is that we’ve been non-stop busy!  Since then we’ve built our client portfolio, brought in two new team members, presented at MySQL Conference and still managed to get into any number of shenanigans.   Still, that…

Gerry Narvaja: the Winds Of Change

For very personal reasons that don’t belong in this article, I decided a few weeks ago that it’s time for me to move on. The year and a half that I worked for Pythian have been a wonderful experience, and this is article is my tribute to this great company.

sar-sql: The Script Formerly Known as MySAR

The title of the Launchpad page already reflects the change. What remains to be done is: a) change the name of the Perl script and documentation; and b) change the Launchpad URL. It is likely that I will change the name of the script when I release version 1.x (see below). I’m not sure of all the implications in Bazaar regarding the URL change, so that task will have to wait for now. Now a little more info on the status of the project.

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