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.

MySQL and Hardware Information

People often ask “what’s the best hardware to run a database on?” And the answer, of course, is “it depends”. With MySQL, though, you can get good performance out of almost any hardware. If you need *great* performance, and you have active databases with a large data set, here are some statistics on real life databases — feel free to add your own.

MySAR, a Sidekick for Other Monitoring Tools

What Was Going On Around 2:30pm? This is a question a customer asked us. To answer it we ran MySAR for a few days and queried the results for analysis. Looking at the data, we determined that the number of INSERT operations was significantly higher than any other, so we queried for the Com_insert status values. Com_insert is a counter that accumulates the number of INSERTs issued since the last server start (or since the last FLUSH STATUS command). For details on the variables available check Chapter 1. mysqld Options/Variables Reference.

Video and Slides: How InnoDB works

This presentation was done by Sheeri Cabral of The Pythian Group and went into how to use SHOW ENGINE INNODB STATUS to get more information about your Innodb tables, foreign keys and transactions. This is a great presentation to learn how InnoDB works.

Dynamic General and Slow Query Log Before MySQL 5.1

This is a hack, but it is a good one. I was looking at some machines on a new client, and they had the general log turned on. I was surprised, because it was a fairly busy server, and they had had many problems with the server a few months ago. I thought perhaps they had turned on the general log to diagnose a problem and forgotten to turn it off, or something similar.

MySAR: A sar-like Utility for MySQL

One day, while looking into slave lag problem, the idea of MySAR popped into my head and a few hours later I was using its first incarnation. I was able to relate the server’s I/O activity peaks with these lags and in turn, discovered that it was caused by a great number of INSERT statements coming in in waves. It was an encouraging outcome for what was nothing more than a proof of concept.

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