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Colorado MySQL Meetup Group November 11th

The Colorado MySQL meetup is getting together on November 11th.

Location: Oracle 500 Eldorado Boulevard, Broomfield, CO

All MySQL users and interested parties are invited to participate and attend the following activities! 

Monday, November 11, 2013

From 6:00PM to 8:30PM

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Studying for the New MySQL 5.6 DBA Exam

I have have been receiving a lot of questions about the new MySQL 5.6 DBA exam. Sadly I can not answer a lot of the questions until after my exam in early November. However I do know some good things about the new exams.

First — No True or False questions. Oracle has set the standards on that policy and I had to update the ol’ 5.0 exams to make certain there the T/F questions were removed. Why is this important? Don’t you have a fifty/fifty chance on T/F questions? The trouble is that some of these questions were a wee bit tricky and needed parsing plus a full understanding of the subject to get them right. For fairness, it is easy to do without the T/F questions.

Second — No more pick up to N answers. Once again, for fairness.

Third — One exam for the certification. In the past the costs, not just financial, of setting up the second exam and studying for it turned off many candidates.

So what am I studying? MySQL 5.6 Database Administrator is a list of the items on the exam.

Under Architecture, that page lists the following

    MySQL Architecture

  • Use MySQL client programs to interface with the MySQL Server interactively and in batch
  • Describe how MySQL uses disk and memory resources
  • List and describe key characteristics of standard MySQL storage engines including InnoDB, NDB, MyISAM, MEMORY, FEDERATED

Let’s take the first bullet point. How does one find the MySQL client programs? The are listed in the MySQL Manaual at So spend some time with mysql, mysqladmin, mysqlcheck, mysqldump, mysqlshow, mysqlimport, and mysqlslap. Read the man pages AND use the commands.

So one bullet point down, 21 to go!


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Zendcon is a difficult conference if you work in an exhibit hall booth. At other shows, attendees ask general questions about MySql or how Oracle is guiding products. Zendcon is much more pointed. When is 5.7 multisource relication going to be available? How does Visual Explain work? How can I make sure replication goes back to semi-sync after going async? It is a great show but the level of questions are a notch or two higher than most other shows.


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Deep Dive Technical Buffet on last day of MySql Connect

Proving this it is the show for in-depth technical information, MySql Connect finished with a bang. Six different two hour plus deep dive tutorials were offered and all had very good attendence. Many of the attendee were seasoned Oracle DBAs eager to gorge at this buffet of technical knowledge.

The crowd for Ligaya Trumele’s Getting Started
with MySql
was packed with
Oracle DBAs who were amazed at the simplicity of the MySql architecture once they figured out the concept of multiple storage engines.

Luis Soares had a tutorial that was everything you ever wanted to know about 5.6 replication plus a look multi source that will be in 5.7. His discussion on how and when binlogs are written and the impact if that timing on replication was intense, detailed, and worth the price of the show itself.

Finishing a mentally overload day, I listened to Bernd Ocklin on MySql Cluster 7.3 and this product has really changed in the past few years. I highly recommend that you grab his slide deck on how Cluster partitions data.

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MySQL Community Team at PHPTek, Drupalcon, Texas Linux Fest, SELF, Redhat Summit, and Lonestar PHP

This is the start of the heavy travel season for the MySQL Community Team. So if you are attending PHPTek, Drupalcon, Texas LinuxFest, SELF, Redhat Summit, or Lonestar PHP please make sure to say ‘hi’ while you are in Chicago, Portland, Austin, Charlotte, Boston, or Addison. This group of trips is starting with a swag bag full of MySQL stickers, thumb drives, and ‘boogie bots’

MySQL Boogie Bots


  • PHPTek – Ten Things to Make Your MySQL Servers Faster and Happier — May 16th, 2:45p – 3:45p
  • Texas Linuxfest – The Proper Care and Feeding of a MySQL Database for Linux Administrators — May 31st, 11:25a – 12:20p
  • SELF – Two full days of MySQL talks but I am talking on Ten Things to Make Your MySQL Servers Faster and Happier. MySQL 101, MySQL User Administration — June 8th – 9th
  • Redhat Summit – Big & Traditional Databases — June 12th, 4:40p – 5:50p</li?


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Keeping your Drupal from Drooping — part 1

This is the first screen after a sucessful Drupal 7.22 install.

This is the first screen after a sucessful Drupal 7.22 install.

Drupal is a content management system that runs at least 2.1% of all websites(1). It is easy to use, extensable with over 20,000 add-ons, and runs beautifully with a LAMP stack.

At the heart of most Drupal sites is a MySQL database with, as of Version 7.22, 76 tables. Recently I was asked what needs to be done to a ‘generic’ Drupal to get it running on MySQL 5.6. It is a very easy update that provides better performance, security, and allows access to the newest MySQL 5.6 updates.

For this example, the generic box is a two CPU Dell x86_64 box running Centos 6.4. This is fairly typical of what a low-end hosted system from one of the many web hosting businesses a small busines might rent. Centos 6.4 was installed.

Now to use Yum to get the with the default versions of Apache, PHP, and MySQL. Sadly the MySQL provided is 5.1.69 not 5.6 (out for a month or so) or even 5.5 (two years since GA status). We will upgrade MySQL later.

yum -y install mysql-server httpd php php-mysql wget

chkconfig httpd on
chkconfig mysqld on

/etc/init.d/mysqld start
/etc/init.d/httpd start

Next we need to create a database for Drupal’s use. This is how it can be down from a Linux shell for those shy on using the MySQL client program.

echo 'CREATE DATABASE drupal;' | mysql
echo "FLUSH PRIVILEGES;" | mysql

Now to get Drupal installed. Make sure your Apache DocRoot is where you install the software.

cd /var/www/html/
tar -xzf drupal-7.22.tar.gz --strip-components=1
rm drupal-7.22.tar.gz
chown -R apache.apache .

cp ./sites/default/default.settings.php ./sites/default/settings.php

Now Drupal can be configured using a web browser. Be sure to plug in your infromation from the GRANT ALL PRIVILEGES ON drupal.* TO ‘drupal’@’localhost’ IDENTIFIED BY ‘drupal’; step for you database name, user and password. You should see something similar to the graphic at the top of this post.

So now we have a fairly generic Drupal installation that is ready to upgraded to MySQL 5.6 and next time the upgrade steps will be detailed as well as some upgrade methodologies that need to be considered.

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MySQL 5.6 Windows MSI Installer

First conference of the year is always a bit of a thrash for me. This time I have and RMOUG Training Days back to back. So I went to upgrade MySQL on my presentation laptop and got a pleasant surprise.

The MySQL 5.6 upgrade included not only the server but connectors and workbench

The MySQL 5.6 upgrade included not only the server but connectors and workbench

I had planned to install 5.6, the connectors, the docs, and Workbench separately as I packed. Low and behold. the upgrade did all the work for me. Very cool!

Except the packing. That I still got to do! See you in Miami and Denver.

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2012 Holiday Gifts for MySQL DBAs

Last year a wrote a blog entry on holiday gifts for DBAs that went over quite well with the relatives and loved ones of DBAs. So if you are a MySQL DBA, print out a copy of this, circle the items you like, and get something you like this year. And yes, shopping for you is worse than styling Donald Trump’s hair in a high wind or explaining foreign keys to any cast member of any popular reality or music show. So take some pity on those who are buying you gifts.

  • Cafepress has a series of DBA shirts including ‘Not Normalized’ , ‘Kiss me — I’m the DBA’, and the Key Rule shirt.
  • Think Geek has some good shirts including ‘SELECT * FROM users WHERE clue > 0. Uh oh, zero rows were returned!’
  • and ‘Go away or I will replace you with a very small shell script’

  • Zazzle offers a If first you don’t succeed; call it version 1.0 and the ‘SQizzL My Nizzle’ t-shirts.
  • Office Chairs like the Gravitonus are also igh war items for DBAs and need replacement on a regular basis.

You can also get non-DBA specific for presents such as movie passes, gift cards, and other generic gifts. But the above are your best choices for your DBA this time of year. And if you have special DBA gifts, please share them here!!

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Swedish MySQL Users Group Meeting

Stockholm will host the Swedish MySQL Users Group on November 21st and the details can be found at

We will talk about news from MySQL Connect, which was a few weeks ago, especially if 5.6RC course! * We will have a review of partitioning with a developer who has worked with just that. * Our last point is a review of a beloved children – character sets in MySQL. One common source of headaches.

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Austin MySQL Meetup on Monday

The Austin MySQL Meetup is this Monday 7PM sharp at the Oracle office at 5300 Riata Park Court Building B. Please RSVP so we can order enough pizza!

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