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Is it safe to delete mysql-bin files?

I have MM Replication in mysql, and I want to squeeze some free space in the box be deleting unnecessary files, I came across these mysql-bin files inside /var/db/mysql/ There are hundreds of those ...
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For absolute performance, is SUM faster or COUNT?

This relates to counting the number of records that match a certain condition, e.g. invoice amount > $100. I tend to prefer COUNT(CASE WHEN invoice_amount > 100 THEN 1 END) However, this is ...
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Why is DROP DATABASE taking so long? (MySQL)

New CentOS installation. I was running an import of a large DB (2GB sql file) and had a problem. The SSH client seemed to lose the connection and the import seemed to freeze. I used another window to ...
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What to set innodb_buffer_pool and why..?

I have 170GB of InnoDB index and Data. I have to readjust the innodb_buffer_pool size for better performance.The Max table size of a InnoDB table(Index+data) is 28GB. So what should be the optimal ...
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How do I show the binlog_format on a MySQL server?

How do I show the binlog_format on a MySQL server? And if I dont like it how do I set it to XX permanently? Where XX is STATEMENT, ROW or MIXED.
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Why using innodb_file_per_table?

There are many articles exaggerating (IMHO of course) the need for innodb_file_per_table. I understand that with innodb_file_per_table, there should be a better control over the individual tables; ...
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Is splitting a 'users' table for authentication purposes a good idea?

Suppose I have a user table in my site in which there are around 2-3 Million users (records) in the table. For speeding up my login process, is it a good approach to split my user table, one for ...
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What is the safest way to switch the binlog format at runtime?

Because of the following warning in mysqld.log: [Warning] Unsafe statement written to the binary log using statement format since BINLOG_FORMAT = STATEMENT. The statement is unsafe because it ...
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Scalability limitations of PostgreSQL and MySQL

I've heard that performance of non-sharded relational database such as MySQL or PostgreSQL "breaks" beyond 10 TB. I suspect that limits as such do exist as one would not come up with Netezza, ...
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How to stress test a SQL server?

I've been tasked to stress test our MSSQL Server and MySQL Server. I would like to know if there are any tools or scripts which I could use on our current systems and the new system to compare ...
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What is the difference between optimize table and analyze table in mysql

What is the difference between optimize table and analyze table in mysql? I have read the online docs, but not sure what the difference is.
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Percona vs MySQL

What is Percona? How does it differ from MySQL? When should we consider switching (or upgrading) from stock MySQL to Percona? To add some specifics in our situation we almost exclusively use ...
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What could be causing strange query timeouts between PHP and MySQL?

I am the senior developer on a Software-as-a-Service application used by many different customers. Our software runs on a cluster of Apache / PHP application servers, powered by a MySQL backend. On ...
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How can I optimize this MySQL query further?

I have a query that is taking a particularly long time to run (15+ seconds) and it is only getting worse with time as my dataset grows. I have optimized this in the past, and have added indices, ...
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Fastest way to check if InnoDB table has changed

My application is very database intensive. Currently, I'm running MySQL 5.5.19 and using MyISAM, but I'm in the process of migrating to InnoDB. The only problem left is checksum performance. My ...
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What tools are there for data masking? (MySQL, Linux) [closed]

I'm looking for (ideally free, open-source) data masking tools. Do any such exist? Note: this related question deals with tools for generating test data, but in this question I'm more interested in ...
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Dynamic SQL in MySQL stored routines

According to the restrictions on stored routines and triggers, dynamic sql cannot be used (restriction lifted for stored procedures in version 5.0.13 and later). Why is this limitation in place? And ...
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Why would MySQL do serial synchronous I/O?

When looking at a particularly annoying query over MyISAM tables which takes a long time to execute on a number of occasions, I have noted that MySQL seems to expose a rather strange I/O pattern: when ...
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Should I increase max_connections in AWS RDS t1-micro for MySQL?

I have an AWS RDS t1-micro running MySQL 5.5. It gives me too many connections error. I checked and it allows 34 maximum connections concurrently. What I have read is that i can increase this max ...
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Is there a graceful or safe restart for mysql like for apache httpd?

I would like to restart mysql gracefully just like httpd where threads are served before restart. I would dislike queries breaking.
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How do I shrink the innodb file ibdata1 without dumping all databases?

InnoDB stores all tables in one big file ibdata1. After dropping a big table, the file is keeping its size no matter how big the table was. How can I shrink that file without having to dump and ...
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Monitor MySQL activity per database?

What is the best way to monitor activity on each database of my server ? I tried mtop/mytop which display activity in real time but aren't very practical to see all the queries executed on it. I ...
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How do you re-sync the Master MySQL DB with Slave DB changes if the Master goes offline?

MySQL Server 1 is running as Master. MySQL Server 2 is running as Slave. With both DBs online, they are in "perfect sync". If Slave goes offline, there's no problem if Master still online; they will ...
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Error creating foreign key from MySQL Workbench

I'm trying to synchronize schema changes from MySQL Workbench to my database. I'm getting the following error when it tries to create a foreign key: Executing SQL script in server ERROR: Error 1005: ...
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Does mysqldump export indices, by default?

I played around a little with mysqldump and I was wondering, if it does export indices (FULLTEXT, INDEX,...) by default. I read up on it and I found this option: --disable-keys, -K which suggests, ...
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How to get the most out of MySQL on a QuadCore machine with 16 GB of RAM?

I'm running a MySQL 5.5 server on my workstation for scientific data analysis and wonder how to configure MySQL in order to get the most out of it performance-wise. The types of query that I typically ...
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Alternatives to MySQL Workbench [on hold]

I've been running into some problems with MySQL Workbench that I'm not sure will be able to be fixed (namely, what appears to be an old bug that may have resurfaced), so I'd like to be able to find a ...
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Is there an execution difference between a JOIN condition and a WHERE condition?

Is there a performance difference between these two example queries? Query 1: select count(*) from table1 a join table2 b on b.key_col=a.key_col where b.tag = 'Y' Query 2; select ...
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MySQL Workbench Database Sizes

I'm trying to find the total size on the hard disk that all of my MySQL Workbench databases are using. Does anyone know of an easy way to figure this out? If nothing else, the default location ...
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What are the trade offs for incrementing ids vs. fulltext keys for foreign key designs?

In a lot of relational database designs there are fields that are referenced in other tables. For example consider a user table with a unique username and a second table storing address data. One ...
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Is there such thing as Custom Data Types?

Does MySQL have any support for custom data types? For example, zip codes might be stored in a varchar(10) field, but they could be compacted in to an int, with options for blank, and a flag as to ...
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What are the benefits of using MySQL Cluster?

I have never dipped my hands in MySQL Cluster and want to know how it can benefit me. When is it best to use it, and does it have performance benefits?
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Generating Invoices and Tracking

Every 2 weeks, the system will generate the invoices for the companies. Company will receive an invoice on the 1st and 16th every month. (It will run via Cron Job every 2 week. It scan through the ...
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Is it possible to change ENUM() lists?

I wasn't sure if changing ENUM() list isn't possible so I made a test. In MySQL v5.1.58 I made a test InnoDB table that contains one field called 'bool' of type ENUM('yes', 'no'). Then I executed... ...
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What is the usage of performance_schema in MySQL 5.5?

I have upgraded to MySQL version 5.5. There, I had observed performance_schema in the schema list. What is the usage of this new schema..? How can we monitor using this schema..? What are the ...
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Audit logins on MySQL database

Is there a way to audit logins to MySQL? I'd like to be able to create a username for each employee and thereby create an audit trail of logins. However, googling has turned up no good results. The ...
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MySQL LDAP authentication

Is LDAP authentication and authorization in MySQL possible? What are the requirements (MySQL version, third-party software etc.)? How it's organized? Thanks.
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MySQL status variable Handler_read_rnd_next is growing a lot

In MYSQL status, Handler_read_rnd_next value is very high. I am aware that, this value will be incremented when a query is executed which is not having proper indexes. But, even when we execute ...
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MySQL Partitioning: Is there a performance tradeoff between number of partitions and size of each partition?

I have a large table (several 100 million rows) that I would like to efficiently partition. My question is whether there is a tradeoff between partition size and number of partitions. As far as I ...
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How to create a database for unknown kinds of data?

I am in the process of designing a database for a new PHP/MySql-based application. My problem is that I do not and cannot represent what should be saved in the database because it is unlimited and ...
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MySQL : DROP TABLE Starting with a Prefix

EXAMPLE : I have more than 30 tables starting with a prefix "dp_" and about 12 starting with "ex_". QUESTION : How can I drop all tables starting "dp_" in one query ?
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slow load speed of data from mysqldump

I've got a moderate size MySQL database with about 30 tables, some of which are 10 million records, some 100 million. The mysqldump of all the tables (into separate files) is fairly fast, takes maybe ...
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One Big Database vs. Several Smaller Ones

We have a situation were we can (A) deploy instances of an applications in one MySQL database using table prefixing or (B) use different MySQL databases for each instance of the application, for e.g., ...
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Data Compression Through Base36 Encoding

I'm trying to store a lot of large numbers that truncate when stored as INT values. Unfortunately they are too large for this type. I'm thinking about using Base36 encoding to accomplish this. Are ...
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Why do we use Group by 1 and Group by 1,2,3 in SQL query?

In SQL queries, we do use Group by clause to apply aggregate functions. But what is the purpose behind using numeric value instead of column name with Group by clause? For example: Group by 1.
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Is PostgreSQL replication production ready?

How does PostgreSQL native replication compare to MySQL? I know asynchronous replication has been supported for longer than sync, which is recent. Is synchronous reliable to be used in real projects? ...
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Modify DEFINER on Many Views

I have am having problems backing up my databases after an update. I have been poking around on my system trying to figure out why. One query I ran returned this result. Got error: 1449: The user ...
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How to estimate/predict data size and index size of a table in MySQL

I am finding what is the best way to estimate size of a table for that i have studied lot of blogs and forums but unable to find any accurate answer For an example we have a table City with InnoDB ...
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Matching single column against multiple values without self-joining table in MySQL

We have a table that we use to store answers to questions. We need to be able to find users that have certain answers to particular questions. So, if our table consists of the following data: user_id ...
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How to do a case sensitive search in WHERE clause?

I want case sensitive search in SQL query. But by default, MySQL does not consider the case of the strings. Any idea on how to do a case sensitive search in SQL query?