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Akonadi on a MySQL Server

Wouter described how to get Akonadi (the back-end for KDE PIM) to use PostgreSQL [1].

I don’t agree with his “MySQL is a toy” sentiment. But inspired by his post I decided to convert some of my systems to use a MySQL instance running on a server instead of one instance for each user. In [...]

Backing up MySQL

I run a number of MySQL databases, the number of mysqld installations that I run is something like 8, but I may have forgotten some. With the number of servers that I run on a “do nothing except when it breaks” basis it’s difficult to remember the details. The number of actual databases that I [...]

I Won’t Use Drizzle

A couple of days ago I attended a lecture about the Drizzle database server [1].

Drizzle is a re-write of MySQL for use in large web applications. It is only going to run on 64bit platforms because apparently everyone uses 64bit servers – except of course people who are Amazon EC2 customers as the $0.10 [...]

Purging an RT Database

I had a problem where the email address circsales@washpost.com spammed a Request Tracker (RT) [1] installation (one of the rules for running a vaction program is that you never respond twice to the same address, another rule is that you never respond to automatically generated messages).

Deleting these tickets was not easy, the RT web [...]

MySQL security in Debian

Currently there is a problem with the MySQL default install in Debian/Etch (and probably other distributions too). It sets up “root” with dba access with no password by default, the following mysql command will give a list of all MySQL accounts with Grant_priv access (one of the capabilities that gives great access to the database [...]