31 Dec

MariaDB slave restore using GTID & xtrabackup bug

Recently I happen to work for a MySQL database restore, a pretty exciting task for DBA :P

Well, backup server was already configured with Holland (backup framework) & Xtrabackup (Percona’s backup tool) which made our lives easier with steps to restore.

Extracted backup command from backup server’s holland.log:

/usr/bin/innobackupex-1.5.1 --defaults-file=/mysql_backups/xtrabackup/20141219_013002/my.cnf --stream=tar --tmpdir=/mysql_backups/xtrabackup/20141219_013002 --slave-info --no-timestamp /mysql_backups/xtrabackup/20141219_013002 > /mysql_backups/xtrabackup/20141219_013002/backup.tar.gz 2 > /mysql_backups/xtrabackup/20141219_013002/xtrabackup.log

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27 May

xtrabackup_51: not found & no ‘mysqld’ group in MySQL options

Recently I happen to setup a new MySQL instance with my tools – a standard MySQL 5.1+, xtrabackup setup and last-hotbackup.tar.gz.

To restore from the backup we used xtrabackup binaries and ran into issues following standard commands (assuming no changes):

To prepare the backup I used apply-log as follows:

$] innobackupex-1.5.1 --defaults-file=/usr/local/mysql/data/backup-my.cnf --apply-log  /usr/local/mysql/data --ibbackup xtrabackup_51

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04 Mar

Why we need a tester / QA – Software testing

“Why Testing”, “Importance of Software testing”, “Scope of testing”, “How to become a tester”, “Training for software quality assurance / software testing” …

Stop there… Above are the topics well discussed and explained at a lot many places and a lot many times, but this is not what we’re here for. I happened to face the question recently “Why’d you need a software tester as a dedicated resource?”

I did not want to get into deep technicalities of the SDL or STL Cycles to prove the roles but in plain simple words I’d try explaining the importance of the role that a tester plays and why a tester is required as a dedicated resource.
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10 Jan

MySQL variable innodb_flush_method – summarized


innodb_flush_method variable specifies how InnoDB opens and flushes log and data files. In Innodb optimization, setting the variable innodb_flush_method tweaks the performance most of the times but there are cases of otherwise though. If innodb_flush_method is set to O_DIRECT it’d avoid double buffering and reduce swap pressure and helps improving performance.
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17 Dec

Is your backup complete? – backup MySQL users privileges / grants – pt-show-grants

Everybody knows the criticality of backup. You might have had your database dumped, data directory copied, flat files exported and even config and binary log files backed-up. But did you backup your MySQL user privileges?

One can easily forget to backup the user privileges but it is much easier to do and you should backup your MySQL server user privileges / grants regularly.

1. Backup MySQL user privileges using mysqldump:

$] mysqldump -uUSER -pPASS --databases mysql > mysql.sql
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-- Kedar Vaijanapurkar --