Changing System Variables in MySQL

Lots of fun today, dealing with what feels like the innards of MySQL but probably just barely scratches the epidermis. What I did learn today though was how to set MySQL system variables using a configuration file on Mac OSX. I figure that this will come up again and I’ll have to learn it all over again unless I write it down, thus, I’m writing it down while a 22 minute query runs on the other machine.

Today, I needed to increase the innodb_buffer_pool_size value from the default 8MB to something useful for my purposes like 2 GB. You can’t do that from SqlYog or from the command line as it happens to be a readonly variable. So you need to create a configuration file. That file lives in root directory at /etc/my.cnf. I first tried to create this file using vi, got it all typed up and then when I saved it, was told that wasn’t going to fly, you don’t have the requisite permissions. Stupid *nix operating system. Not that I’m complaining but after the day I’ve had, I would have liked to have just created the file.

So back to the command prompt and try sudo vi my.cnf. Lo and behold that works like a champ. The file looked like this when I was done:

Saved that, restarted the MySQL server and it had updated correctly as seen using SHOW VARIABLES;

Probably all very elementary stuff but for a guy who prefers not to get his hands dirty with database stuff, good to know for the future. Also learned about profiling which you can enable in a script in SqlYog with a SET profiling=1; at the beginning of your script and a SHOW profiles; at the end.

Learning MySql 45 Minutes at a Time

This and all future MySql posts are really for my own record keeping so that when dumb things happen that take me 45 minutes to fix, I have a record of them for future such incidents.

Today, for some reason, I couldn’t log in remotely to the MySql instance running on my Mac. This has been working just fine for the past month so needless to say, I had no idea what happened. As it turned out, the IP address of my Parallels instance had changed, rendering all the entries in my user table pointless. I had to update the user table with the new IP, restart the MySql instance and boom, up and running again.

Login from the terminal first:

mysql -u root -p


USE mysql;

select Host, User from user;

update user Set Host = 'NEW IP' where Host = 'OLD IP';

select Host, User from user;