Installation[edit | edit source]
To get started, installing MySQL on RHEL is as simple as
yum install mysql-server
. However, you might get a message that your system is not registered to Red Hat Subscription Management (RHN in the old days), and thus the packages are not visible. To remedy this, you would of course use
subscription-manager to register the host with Red Hat Subscription Management.
/usr/bin/mysqladmin -u root password 'new-password' /usr/bin/mysqladmin -u root -h `hostname` password 'new-password' # but it's easier and better to run /usr/bin/mysql_secure_installation # which will give you the option of removing the test database and removing the anonymous user created by default. This is a must for production servers.
You can start the MySQL daemon with:
cd /usr ; /usr/bin/mysqld_safe &
You can test the MySQL daemon with mysql-test-run.pl
cd /usr/mysql-test ; perl mysql-test-run.pl
It's a good idea to setup a local configuration file for the system 'root' user, who can connect to the database server as db user 'root' by default when using the mysql command line client (ie. when you are user 'root' and type 'mysql' at the command line in a bash shell)
[client] user=root password=giveMeSomeDBgoodne55
Create a DB and user[edit | edit source]
CREATE DATABASE mediawiki; GRANT ALL PRIVILEGES ON mediawiki.* TO 'example_user'@'localhost' IDENTIFIED BY 'secretpass';
Set Password for Root user[edit | edit source]
The following command issues a new password for the root user while at the same time dictating which authentication plugin  to use.
ALTER USER 'root'@'localhost' IDENTIFIED WITH mysql_native_password BY 'secretpass';
Note: Since the introduction of Pluggable Authentication in MySQL 5.7 and also MariaDB since 5.2, there is a "unix_socket" plugin which authenticates the current user by their login to the OS, and thus NOT a password. If you have trouble setting the password, it's probably because you need to also specify the mysql_native_password auth at the same time 
What's going on?[edit | edit source]
Want to find out what's going on in your MySQL server, but don't want to install client tools and access? Just make sure that the General Query Log is turned on, and tail the log file:
SHOW VARIABLES LIKE "general_log%"; +------------------+----------------------------+ | Variable_name | Value | +------------------+----------------------------+ | general_log | OFF | | general_log_file | /var/run/mysqld/mysqld.log | +------------------+----------------------------+ mysql> SET GLOBAL general_log = 'ON';
Then you can tail the log file to see what it's doing:
tail -f /var/run/mysqld/mysqld.log
Be sure to turn off the log or your disk will fill up and you will not be happy.
mysql> SET GLOBAL general_log = 'OFF';
If you want more info than you can get from the direct query logging, then try 
Show grants[edit | edit source]
SHOW GRANTS only shows privs for the current user.
show grants; show grants for 'root'@'localhost';
But this bash one-liner will show you all grants.
-B --batch disables interactive behavior and doesn't use the history file
-e --execute executes a command and quits (disables --force and history file.)
mysql -B -N -e "SELECT DISTINCT CONCAT('SHOW GRANTS FOR ''',user,'''@''',host,''';') AS query FROM user" mysql | mysql
MariaDB Differences between Ubuntu and Debian[edit | edit source]
If you're collation and character sets are all latin1_swedish, but you want them to be UTF-8, then you can set it in the configuration file, and restart the database.
show GLOBAL VARIABLES LIKE 'character_set_%'; show VARIABLES LIKE 'collation%';
# Variable_name, Value 'collation_connection', 'utf8_general_ci' 'collation_database', 'latin1_swedish_ci' 'collation_server', 'latin1_swedish_ci'
This is the mess that I wound up with somehow:
SET @DATABASE_NAME = 'wiki_freephile'; SELECT TABLE_SCHEMA, COUNT(COLLATION_NAME) AS 'count', COLLATION_NAME FROM information_schema.columns AS cols WHERE table_schema = @DATABASE_NAME GROUP BY COLLATION_NAME;
wiki_freephile, 0, wiki_freephile, 11, binary wiki_freephile, 73, latin1_bin wiki_freephile, 69, latin1_swedish_ci wiki_freephile, 1, utf8_general_ci
So, I fixed the defaults for each database:
ALTER DATABASE wiki_freephile CHARACTER SET = 'binary' COLLATE = 'BINARY'; ALTER DATABASE wiki_meta CHARACTER SET = 'binary' COLLATE = 'BINARY'; ALTER DATABASE wiki_wiki CHARACTER SET = 'binary' COLLATE = 'BINARY';
You can check the status of each table too:
SET @DATABASE_NAME = 'wiki_freephile'; SELECT TABLE_SCHEMA, TABLE_NAME, TABLE_COLLATION FROM information_schema.tables WHERE TABLE_SCHEMA = @DATABASE_NAME AND TABLE_COLLATION not in ('binary');
To set the mysql server to utf8 , add the following to
/etc/mysql/my.cnf (Debian/Ubuntu) or
/etc/my.cnf (Fedora/Centos/RHEL) under the [mysqld] section:
character-set-server = utf8 collation-server = utf8_general_ci skip-character-set-client-handshake
Then restart mysql/mariadb:
service mariadb restartfor Debian/Ubuntu;
/bin/systemctl restart mariadb.servicefor Fedora/Centos/RHEL
Working at the Console[edit | edit source]
Reading output from the mysql command line client is notoriously ugly/hard. With the
-s --silent or
-B --batch options, you can get output that is more readable.
Tools[edit | edit source]
- MySQL Workbench is a great visual tool.
- http://mysqlsandbox.net/index.html MySQL sandbox could be useful for playing around with multiple databases in development.
Logs[edit | edit source]
Your data directory can fill up with binary logs unless you rotate them.
Information below comes from https://dba.stackexchange.com/questions/41050/is-it-safe-to-delete-mysql-bin-files
Don't just delete the files. Use MySQL to do it.
Either pass the name of a particular file, or a timestamp and MySQL will clear out the binary logs up to the one just specified (or the date)
-- consolidate the logs up to midnight 3 days ago PURGE BINARY LOGS BEFORE DATE(NOW() - INTERVAL 3 DAY) + INTERVAL 0 SECOND; -- consolidate the logs up to the file specified PURGE BINARY LOGS TO `mysql-bin.000223`;
- Which File to choose?
If you want to know which log files are in use so that you can remove superfluous ones without interrupting replication, go to your slave database and issue SHOW SLAVE STATUS\G
You'll see entries for
When replication has little or no lag these are usually the same value. If there is a lot of replication lag, they will be different values. Choose the value for Relay_Master_Log_File just to be safe. Go back to the DB master and issue PURGE BINARY LOGS TO mysql-bin.000337 where mysql-bin.000337 is the value of Relay_Master_Log_File
To persist this setup so your data directory doesn't fill up again, issue
SET GLOBAL expire_logs_days = 3;
To put the setting into effect immediately. And for the next time MySQL is restarted, add to /etc/my.cnf
Since the binlongs are used to recover the database state after a crash, this assumes that you are making database backups every day. If you only backup once per week, you would want at least 7 days worth of binlogs.
Tuning Reference[edit | edit source]
Footnotes[edit | edit source]
- https://mariadb.com/kb/en/library/setting-character-sets-and-collations/ https://scottlinux.com/2017/03/04/mysql-mariadb-set-character-set-and-collation-to-utf8/