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Become a MySQL DBA blog series - Troubleshooting with pt-stalk - part 2

This post discusses the data collected by pt-stalk, and how to utilize it when troubleshooting problems with MySQL.

Become a MySQL DBA blog series - Troubleshooting with pt-stalk

This post describes how to use pt-stalk, a tool that can help with data collection when troubleshooting problems with MySQL.

Become a MySQL DBA blog series - Troubleshooting Galera cluster issues - part 2

This is part 2 of our blog on how to troubleshoot Galera cluster - SST errors, and problems with network streaming. In part 1 of the blog, we covered issues ranging from node crashes to clusters that won’t restart, network splits and inconsistent data. Note that the issues described are all examples inspired from real life incidents in production environments.

Become a MySQL DBA blog series - Troubleshooting Galera cluster issues - part 1

In this blog post, we are going to show you some examples of things that can go wrong in Galera - inexplicable node crashes, network splits, clusters that won’t restart and inconsistent data. We’ll take a look at the data stored in log files to diagnose the problems, and discuss how we can deal with these.

Become a MySQL DBA blog series - Galera Cluster diagnostic logs

In a Galera cluster, whether you use MariaDB Cluster, Percona XtraDB Cluster or the Codership build, the MySQL error log is even more important. It gives you the same information as MySQL would, but you’ll also find in it information about Galera internals and replication. This data is crucial to understand the state of your cluster and to identify any issues which may impact the cluster’s ability to operate. In this post, we’ll try to make the Galera error log easier to understand.

Become a MySQL DBA blog series - Understanding the MySQL Error Log

We are yet to see a software that runs perfectly, without any issues. MySQL is no exception there. It’s not the software’s fault - we need to be clear about that. We use MySQL in different places, on different hardware and within different environments. It’s also highly configurable. All those features make it great product but they come with a price - sometimes some settings won’t work correctly under certain conditions.

Become a MySQL DBA blog series - Optimizer Hints for faster query execution

MySQL uses a cost-based optimizer to determine the best way to execute a query. It usually does a great job, but not all the time. There are different reasons for that. In some cases, it might not have enough information about the data and plan queries in a non-optimal way.

Become a MySQL DBA blog series - Using Explain to improve SQL Queries

When it comes to the query tuning, EXPLAIN is one the most important tool in the DBA’s arsenal. Why is a given query slow, what does the execution plan look like, how will JOINs be processed, is the query using the correct indexes, or is it creating a temporary table? In this blog post, we’ll look at the EXPLAIN command and see how it can help us answer these questions.

Become a MySQL DBA blog series - Database Indexing

An index is a data structure that sorts a number of records on one or more fields, and speeds up data retrieval. This is to avoid scanning through the disk blocks that a table spans, when searching through the database. So, what kind of indexes are available in MySQL and how do we use them to get the most performance? This will be the topic for this blog.

Become a MySQL DBA blog series - Deep Dive SQL Workload Analysis using pt-query-digest

In our previous post, we showed you how to interpret reports generated by pt-query-digest. Today we’d like to cover some of its more advanced features, as it is a pretty extensive tool with lots of functionality. We’ll also show you what information you should be looking for, and how to derive conclusions based on that data. 

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