Annual Holiday Shopping List

December 14, 2015

Database folks are a pain in the rear to shop for at holiday time. So print out a copy of this blog post, circle the items that you really like, and give this to someone who does the shopping for presents.

It is once again time for the MySQL holiday present list for that database person in your life. These quirky folks have unique tastes in presents and this list reflects this in abundance.

First item: Hello Kitty Screen Cleaner.

Hello Kitty Screen Cleaner available at many retailers near you and the perfect gift for those who spend long hours at their monitors.

Hello Kitty Screen Cleaner available at many retailers near you and the perfect gift for those who spend long hours at their monitors.

Everyone loves a clean screen and Hello Kitty Screen Cleaner is the second best thing to have a real cat complete with rough tongue to scrub your screen. Does Hello Kitty Screen Cleaner work better than say Thor Screen Cleaner? Doubtful but the bright pink and friendly face help remind your data nerd to keep things hygienic.

Second item: DBA Coffee Cup
DBA Coffee Cup

Third: DBA t-shirts

Forth: Think Geek Coffee Cup

Fifth: And you can always buy tickets for the new Star Wars movie because, as you will be told, there is so much to see on the ‘tenth and twelfth’ viewing.

Any other suggestions? Please leave them in a comment.

Lucky Sevens — MySQL 5.7 and PHP 7

December 10, 2015

MySQL 5.7 and PHP 7 are the latest versions releases of two ofthe LAMP Stack pillars. In the past I have detailed how to use the MySQL apt-get repository to upgrade Ubuntu to the latest and greatest. But that about PHP 7? This is a fairly simple update for someone running a traditional LAMP (Linux Apache MySQL and PHP) server. There are also great directions out there on updating Nginx for those so inclined to be found with a quick search.

sudo apt-get install python-software-properties
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ondrej/php-7.0
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get purge php5-fpm
sudo apt-get install php7.0-cli php7.0-common libapache2-mod-php7.0 php7.0 php7.0-mysql php7.0-fpm php7.0-curl php7.0-gd php7.0-mysql
cp /usr/local/php7/ /usr/lib/apache2/modules/

Then a quick test program:
$mysqli = new mysqli("localhost", "root", "hidave", "world");

/* check connection */
if (mysqli_connect_errno()) {
printf("Connect failed: %s\n", mysqli_connect_error());

/* print MySQL server version */

PHP version: %s

", phpversion());

MySQL version: %s

", $mysqli->server_info);
printf ("

System status: %s

", $mysqli->stat());


And the result:
PHP version:

MySQL version: 5.7.9

System status: Uptime: 2102 Threads: 1 Questions: 12 Slow queries: 0 Opens: 107 Flush tables: 1 Open tables: 26 Queries per second avg: 0.005

Please note that you will have to update your code if you use the old and no deprecated mysql calls instead of the supported mysqli calls.

MySQL at the United Nations

July 6, 2015

MySQL will be at the United Nations for NYC Camp! I will be speaking on Scaling MySQL and NoSQL, HTTP, and JSON with MySQL July 16th to 19th. The goal of the camp is to provide free training and is 100% free.

JSON and the MySQL Argonauts

June 8, 2015

The MySQL 5.7.7 JSON lab release has been getting a lot of attention. At a recent conference, I was cornered by a developer who wanted to jump in with both feet by running this release on his laptop on the flight home. Jason and the Argonaughts Movie Poster However the developer was not sure how to begin.

1. Down load the MySQL JSON release from You will get the choice of a Linux binary or source code. Please grab the binary if you are using Linux and un-gzip/tar the download.

2. Shut down the current running version of MySQL. I was lucky in this case that the developer was using a recent copy of Ubuntu.

3. Change directory to the ~/Downloads/mysql-5.7.7-labs-json-linux-el6-x86_64 directory.

4. sudo ./bin/mysqld_safe –user=mysql&

5. ./bin/mysql -u root -p, then provde the password.

6. Enter a \s to get the status. This will confirm that you are using the JSON labs release.
Welcome to the MySQL monitor. Commands end with ; or \g.
Your MySQL connection id is 3
Server version: 5.7.7-labs-json MySQL Community Server (GPL)

Copyright (c) 2000, 2015, Oracle and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved.

Oracle is a registered trademark of Oracle Corporation and/or its
affiliates. Other names may be trademarks of their respective

Type 'help;' or '\h' for help. Type '\c' to clear the current input statement.


If you are doing more than simple tests, run mysql_upgrade to update the system tables. But you can skip this step for a quick and dirty exploration but do not expect your JSON data to be around when you go back to the previous version of MySQL.

7. Now you can start testing the JSON data type. I recommend starting with reading JSON Labs Release: JSON Functions, Part 1 — Manipulation JSON Data, JSON Labs Release: JSON Functions, Part 2 — Querying JSON Data, and JSON Labs Release: Native JSON Data Type and Binary Format. Then follow up with JSON Labs Release: Effective Functional Indexes in InnoDB to understand how to create indexes.

A Tale of Two Conferences — Midwest PHP and Kansas Linuxfest

March 23, 2015

MySQL and I were proud to present talks at two recent events — Midwest PHP and Kansas Linuxfest — and it made me realize how vital the smaller shows are to the Opensource Community at large and MySQL in particular. I go to many larger shows like SCaLE where thousands attend. But is the smaller shows where I really get a chance to see what folks are doing with MySQL, learn about new software, and have a reasonable chance to enjoy the ‘hallway track’.

Both these shows would be considered small. Just over two hundred for MidwestPHP and somewhere in the one forties for Kansas. But both shows brought in top speakers from far and wide and combined them with top local talent. Often time the local talents are the real gems as they are often new faces with great ideas. Not all the great ideas are in the Silicon Valley or Austin.

MidwestPHP has been around for a few years and the speakers who attend know we will get spoiled by the organizers. This year many of us were humbled while playing ‘Cards Against Humanity’ by a rabbi at the speakers dinner social. We also know that the audience is coming to learn, will ask hard questions, and you had better bring your ‘A-game’. This is a PHP crowd that is looking for the latest and greatest information on their language of choice but are also actively looking at how to best incorporate CI, Databases, Containers, and other related tech.

This was the first year for the Kansas Linuxfest and in many ways it was like a family reunion. ‘Oh, you are the Linux family from Wichita? We’re the Linux family from Lawrence!’. This first year was as much establishing ties to the various Linux users in the state of Kansas as it was a Linuxfest. Kansas Linux Fest Logo There were a wide variety of subjects covered from Python & Pex to Go and often times two or three great talks where scheduled at the same time.

Both shows will be back in 2016 and you should seriously consider putting time on your calendar for them. If you have a local opensource event or user group in your area, it is well worth the effort to connect with them. It is not only a valuable way to network with others like yourself but you can learn from others.

I recommend going to a least one session on a subject you know little or nothing about. It often will spark ideas to aid in current projects or provide insights on how others approach challenges.

The big shows are great and I enjoy them. But seek out a smaller show as you get a much better chance to interact with those around you. The smaller regional shows also provide better grounds for hunting for folks to add to your professional network.

And for those of you attending Collaborate 15 please see me at the MySQL Demo Pod.

Toad for MySQL

February 27, 2015

Long before MySQL, DBAs have been using Toad. Toad is short for Tool for Oracle Application Developers and I remember the Oracle DBAs raving about how TOAD made so many things simpler. Now it is many years later and Dell has released TOAD for MySQL.

On the product page we are promised Toad™ for MySQL is a freeware development tool that enables you to quickly and efficiently create and execute queries, automate database object management, and develop SQL code. Toad MySQL provides utilities to compare, extract, and search for objects. The MySQL tool also enables you to record and play back keyboard commands, and transfer data across MySQL databases. The MySQL developer tool increases efficiency by helping you manage projects, import/export data, and administer the database. Sounds pretty good!

But how does it stack up against MySQL Workbench on my Windows Laptop?

Microsoft .NET Framework 4.5 is required before installing Toad.

Toad For MySQL? Yup, Toad is now available for MySQL

Toad For MySQL? Yup, Toad is now available for MySQL

Starting ‘Toad for MySQL Freeware’ starts off with links for video tutorials, other freeware, blogs, and a link to visit the Toad for MySQL Community.

Connecting to Toad is similar to Workbench but then there is just so much information to build a DSN.

Entity Relationship Mapping
Tables are dragged manually from the Object Explorer to the diagram window and foreign key mappings is automatically drawn. This is in contrast to Workbench that maps all tables.


Queries and results from that query in a separate pane.

Queries and results from that query in a separate pane.

Toad will provide hints for columns or keywords as you type queries. You can not get an Explain Plan as as their is an odd error about violation of a constraint and their is no Visual Explain. You do have an option for a drag-n-drop pivot table from query results. You can created tables, edit existing tables, drop tables and all the functions you would expect.

Build Queries
You can drag-n-drop to build queries. I grabbed the world.City table, dropped it on the canvas, and clicked on the Name Column. Next I dragged the Country table and clicked on that tables’ Name column. Toad automatically generated the SQL to to perform an inner join. And that is cool and should help infrequent query writers.

Not Workbench
Workbench has more functionality for things like system administration, backups, import, user admin, system statistics, and DBA oriented work.

So What IS Toad?
Toad is a query tool and fantastic for those who do not need all the admin functionality of Workbench. If you write SQL this may be an option for you. There is no Explain, Visual Explain, or any info on a query plan. And the ability to drag-n-drop tables may be what you need.

I will tray incorporating Toad in my normal work and see what else pops up.

MySQL Fabric — Three Node High Availability Server Farm

February 6, 2015

So how do you use MySQL Fabric to set up a Highly Available Server Farm? The last two postings in this series were on installing Fabric on a master and then setting up slaves. Now it is time to get get the Fabric Farm started.

The Fabric controller is node number 1 and the slaves are 10, 20, and 30 at IP, 10, 20, and 30 respectively. I am keeping with the last octet of the IP addresses for clarity. I am trying to recreate the Fabric Farm from this image. Highly Available Fabric Farm

On the 10, 20, and 30 systems we need to add the following to the mysld section of the my.cnf

Next set up replication grants on the data nodes and the controller. We want the ability to use any of the slaves and the READ-WRITE master plus be able to switch them at will.
Query OK, 0 rows affected, 2 warnings (0.01 sec)

Query OK, 0 rows affected (0.00 sec)
I started out with 10 as the replication master and used the above on 20 and 30.

A 5.7 Problem
The data farm machines are running MySQL 5.6 but my Fabric controller is running 5.7. If you are also running 5.7 note that by default your SQL MODE is strict and you will get
mysqlfabric manage setup
[INFO] 1423080020.902196 – MainThread – Initializing persister: user (Fabric), server (localhost:3306), database (fabric).
Error: Command (CREATE TABLE log (subject VARCHAR(40) NOT NULL, reported TIMESTAMP /*!50604 (6) */ NOT NULL, reporter VARCHAR(64) NOT NULL, message TEXT, category int NOT NULL, type int NOT NULL, INDEX key_subject_reported (subject, reported), INDEX key_reporter (reporter), INDEX key_reported (reported), INDEX key_category (category), INDEX key_type (type)), ()) failed accessing (localhost:3306). 1067 (42000): Invalid default value for ‘reported'

Opps! 5.7 has STRICT for SQL MODE as the default and I assumed reported was being fed no data. So it was time to set the default SQL MODE to ANSI and restart my Fabric controller’s instance.

So Create the Fabric Database already!
mysqlfabric manager setup creates the necessary tables in the Fabric state store. These tables will be used to store the topology information. The admin user created here can be used to create other users that can connect to fabric as can be seen below. And this command needs to be run only once.

mysqlfabric manage setup
[INFO] 1423080461.323271 - MainThread - Initializing persister: user (Fabric), server (localhost:3306), database (fabric).
Finishing initial setup
Password for admin user is not yet set.
Password for admin/xmlrpc:
Repeat Password:
Password set.
Password set.
No result returned

Side note 1: For over over a decade I have been typing the five letter m-y-s-q-l group alone for a good part of my professional workday and my fingers have a hard time adding f-a-b-r-i-c. Fellow old timers take care.
Side note 2: It can get confusion which password for which function is being asked for at any one time. I am sure more familiarity on my part would help but I can see folks getting confused easily.
Side note 3: In the early days of MySQL cluster I had to dig into the various pieces as it was not intuitive how things fit together and Fabric for me is the same way. I hope more time will on Fabric will build familiarity.

Orville and Wilbur Wright Time
mysqlfabric manage start &
[1] 12690
dstokes@dstokes-E7240:~/vagrant$ [INFO] 1423080590.563764 - MainThread - Initializing persister: user (Fabric), server (localhost:3306), database (fabric).
[INFO] 1423080590.571004 - MainThread - Loading Services.
[INFO] 1423080590.585766 - MainThread - MySQL-RPC protocol server started, listening on localhost:32275
[INFO] 1423080590.592161 - MainThread - Fabric node starting.
[INFO] 1423080590.596949 - MainThread - Starting Executor.
[INFO] 1423080590.597056 - MainThread - Setting 5 executor(s).
[INFO] 1423080590.597318 - Executor-0 - Started.
[INFO] 1423080590.597674 - Executor-1 - Started.
[INFO] 1423080590.597998 - Executor-2 - Started.
[INFO] 1423080590.598294 - Executor-3 - Started.
[INFO] 1423080590.599090 - Executor-4 - Started.
[INFO] 1423080590.599224 - MainThread - Executor started.
[INFO] 1423080590.607582 - MainThread - Starting failure detector.
[INFO] 1423080590.609208 - XML-RPC-Server - XML-RPC protocol server ('', 32274) started.
[INFO] 1423080590.609764 - XML-RPC-Server - Setting 1 XML-RPC session(s).
[INFO] 1423080590.610071 - XML-RPC-Session-0 - Started XML-RPC-Session.

Now the three data nodes can be turned into a server farm.
mysqlfabric group create davesfarm
Password for admin:
Fabric UUID: 5ca1ab1e-a007-feed-f00d-cab3fe13249e
Time-To-Live: 1

uuid finished success result
------------------------------------ -------- ------- ------
cc54e1b2-4e54-4d02-99b4-3692d35fcce1 1 1 1

state success when description
----- ------- ------------- ------------------------------------------------------------------
3 2 1423080661.24 Triggered by .
4 2 1423080661.25 Executing action (_create_group).
5 2 1423080661.27 Executed action (_create_group).

This farm is called davesfarm by me but just 5ca1ab1e-a007-feed-f00d-cab3fe13249e by Fabric.

So what does the farm look like?
mysqlfabric group lookup_servers davesfarm
Password for admin:
Fabric UUID: 5ca1ab1e-a007-feed-f00d-cab3fe13249e
Time-To-Live: 1

server_uuid address status mode weight
----------- ------- ------ ---- ------

After the farm is created, it needs to be made active.

mysqlfabric group activate davesfarm
Password for admin:
[INFO] 1423081400.519033 - Executor-0 - Monitoring group (davesfarm).
Fabric UUID: 5ca1ab1e-a007-feed-f00d-cab3fe13249e
Time-To-Live: 1

uuid finished success result
------------------------------------ -------- ------- ------
5ac9a044-c650-428e-ba50-50a6718f2342 1 1 1

state success when description
----- ------- ------------- ------------------------------------------------------------------
3 2 1423081400.49 Triggered by .
4 2 1423081400.5 Executing action (_activate_group).
5 2 1423081400.53 Executed action (_activate_group).


mysqlfabric group lookup_groups
Password for admin:
Fabric UUID: 5ca1ab1e-a007-feed-f00d-cab3fe13249e
Time-To-Live: 1

group_id description failure_detector master_uuid
--------- ----------- ---------------- -----------
davesfarm None 1 None

Now Add an admin
An admin is needed to populate the farm.
mysqlfabric user add client --user=admin
Password for admin:
Add a new Fabric user
Username: client
Protocol (default xmlrpc):
Repeat Password:

Select role(s) for new user
ID Role Name Description and Permissions
-- ---------- ---------------------------
1 superadmin Role for Administrative users
+ Full access to all core Fabric functionality
2 useradmin Role for users dealing with user administration
+ User administration
+ Role administration
3 connector Role for MySQL Connectors
+ Access to dump commands
+ Reporting to Fabric

Enter comma separated list of role IDs or names: 1
Fabric user added.
No result returned

And On This Farm He Had a …
group add davesfarm
Password for admin:
Fabric UUID: 5ca1ab1e-a007-feed-f00d-cab3fe13249e
Time-To-Live: 1

uuid finished success result
------------------------------------ -------- ------- ------
550b1ba6-082d-4fef-9808-8fdfd6397de9 1 1 1

state success when description
----- ------- ------------- ------------------------------------------------------------------
3 2 1423083005.22 Triggered by .
4 2 1423083005.23 Executing action (_add_server).
5 2 1423083005.27 Executed action (_add_server).

mysqlfabric group add davesfarm
Password for admin:
Fabric UUID: 5ca1ab1e-a007-feed-f00d-cab3fe13249e
Time-To-Live: 1

uuid finished success result
------------------------------------ -------- ------- ------
4fd59253-bd10-42b9-82cd-0d61959a695c 1 1 1

state success when description
----- ------- ------------- ------------------------------------------------------------------
3 2 1423083297.97 Triggered by .
4 2 1423083297.98 Executing action (_add_server).
5 2 1423083298.01 Executed action (_add_server).
mysqlfabric group add davesfarm

Welcome to Farmville!!!
mysqlfabric group lookup_servers davesfarm
Password for admin:
Fabric UUID: 5ca1ab1e-a007-feed-f00d-cab3fe13249e
Time-To-Live: 1

server_uuid address status mode weight
------------------------------------ ----------- --------- --------- ------
0977d639-abbb-11e4-a804-0800273b9c80 SECONDARY READ_ONLY 1.0
1f96a235-abb9-11e4-a7f8-0800273b9c80 SECONDARY READ_ONLY 1.0
304e20cd-abba-11e4-a7ff-0800273b9c80 SECONDARY READ_ONLY 1.0

So now the farm is populated but we need to create a pecking order by making one of them the primary.

mysqlfabric group promote davesfarm --slave_id=1f96a235-abb9-11e4-a7f8-0800273b9c80
Password for admin:
Fabric UUID: 5ca1ab1e-a007-feed-f00d-cab3fe13249e
Time-To-Live: 1

uuid finished success result
------------------------------------ -------- ------- ------
af79f3e0-fda2-4531-8aab-c8a48ad036a6 1 1 1

state success when description
----- ------- ------------- ------------------------------------------------------------------
3 2 1423084103.73 Triggered by .
4 2 1423084103.73 Executing action (_define_ha_operation).
5 2 1423084103.75 Executed action (_define_ha_operation).
3 2 1423084103.74 Triggered by .
4 2 1423084103.75 Executing action (_check_candidate_fail).
5 2 1423084103.77 Executed action (_check_candidate_fail).
3 2 1423084103.77 Triggered by .
4 2 1423084103.77 Executing action (_wait_slave_fail).
5 2 1423084103.81 Executed action (_wait_slave_fail).
3 2 1423084103.8 Triggered by .
4 2 1423084103.81 Executing action (_change_to_candidate).
5 2 1423084103.93 Executed action (_change_to_candidate).

mysqlfabric group lookup_servers davesfarm
Password for admin:
Fabric UUID: 5ca1ab1e-a007-feed-f00d-cab3fe13249e
Time-To-Live: 1

server_uuid address status mode weight
------------------------------------ ----------- --------- ---------- ------
0977d639-abbb-11e4-a804-0800273b9c80 SECONDARY READ_ONLY 1.0
1f96a235-abb9-11e4-a7f8-0800273b9c80 PRIMARY READ_WRITE 1.0
304e20cd-abba-11e4-a7ff-0800273b9c80 SECONDARY READ_ONLY 1.0

So Fabric has been started, a farm has been established, and it is ready for testing. But the testing will have to wait for another post.

And if you want to stop Fabric, the command is:
shell> mysqlfabric manage stop

Some blogs to help:


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