Percona Monitoring and Management 1.11.0 Is Now Available

Percona Monitoring and Management (PMM) is a free and open-source platform for managing and monitoring MySQL® and MongoDB® performance. You can run PMM in your own environment for maximum security and reliability. It provides thorough time-based analysis for MySQL® and MongoDB® servers to ensure that your data works as efficiently as possible.

In PMM Release 1.11.0, we deliver the following changes:
[]Configurable MySQL Slow Log Rotation – enable or disable rotation, and specify how many files to keep on disk
]Predictable Graphs – we’ve updated our formulas to use aggregation functions over time for more reliable graphs
[]MySQL Exporter Parsing of my.cnf – we’ve improved how we read my.cnf
]Annotation improvements – passing multiple strings results in single annotation being written
The issues in the release includes 1 new features & improvements, and 9 bugs fixed.

MySQL Slow Log Rotation Improvements

We spent some time this release going over how we handle MySQL’s Slow Log rotation logic. Query Analytics requires that slow logging be enabled (either to file, or to PERFORMANCE_SCHEMA) and we found that users of Percona Server for MySQL overwhelmingly choose logging to a file in order to take advantage of log_slow_verbosity which provides enhanced InnoDB Usage information. However, the challenge with MySQL’s Slow Log is that it is very verbose and thus the number one concern is disk space. PMM strives to do no harm and so MySQL Slow Log Rotation was a natural fit, but until this release we were very strict and hadn’t enabled any configuration of these parameters.

Percona Server for MySQL Users have long known about Slow Query Log Rotation and Expiration, but until now had no way of using the in-built Percona Server for MySQL feature while ensuring that PMM wasn’t missing any queries from the Slow Log during file rotation. Or perhaps your use case is that you want to do Slow Log Rotation using logrotate or some other facility. Today with Release 1.11 this is now possible!

We’ve made two significant changes: [LIST=1]
[]You can now specify the number of Slow Log files to remain on disk, and let PMM handle deleting the oldest files first. Default remains unchanged – 1 Slow Log to remain on disk.
]Slow Log rotation can now be disabled, for example if you want to manage rotation using logrotate or Percona Server for MySQL Slow Query Log Rotation and Expiration. Default remains unchanged – Slow Log Rotation is ON.
Number of Slow Logs Retained on Disk


Slow Logs Rotation – On or Off


You specify each of these two new controls when setting up the MySQL service. The following example specifies that 5 Slow Log files should remain on disk: [TABLE]
[TD]pmm-admin add mysql … --retain-slow-logs=5[/TD]
While the following example specifies that Slow Log rotation is to be disabled (flag value of false), with the assumption that you will perform your own Slow Log Rotation: [TABLE]
[TD]pmm-admin add mysql … --slow-log-rotation=false[/TD]
We don’t currently support modifying option parameters for an existing service definition. This means you must remove, then re-add the service and include the new options.

We’re including a logrotate script in this post to get you started, and it is designed to keep 30 copies of Slow Logs at 1GB each. Note that you’ll need to update the Slow Log location, and ensure a MySQL User Account with SUPER, RELOAD are used for this script to successfully execute.

Example logrotate: [TABLE]
[TD]/var/mysql/mysql-slow.log {
create 660 mysql mysql
size 1G
/bin/mysql -e ‘SELECT @@global.long_query_time INTO @LQT_SAVE; SET GLOBAL long_query_time=2000; SELECT SLEEP(2); FLUSH SLOW LOGS; SELECT SLEEP(2); SET GLOBAL long_query_time=@LQT_SAVE;’
rotate 30

Predictable Graphs

We’ve updated the logic on four dashboards to better handle predictability and also to allow zooming to look at shorter time ranges. For example, refreshing PXC/Galera graphs prior to 1.11 led to graphs spiking at different points during the metric series. We’ve reviewed each of these graphs and their corresponding queries and added in _over_time() functions so that graphs display a consistent view of the metric series. This improves your ability to drill in on the dashboards so that no matter how short your time range, you will still observe the same spikes and troughs in your metric series. The four dashboards affected by this improvement are:
[]Home Dashboard
]PXC/Galera Graphs Dashboard
[]MySQL Overview Dashboard
]MySQL InnoDB Metrics Dashboard
[/LIST]MySQL Exporter parsing of my.cnf

In earlier releases, the MySQL Exporter expected only key=value type flags. It would ignore options without values (i.e. disable-auto-rehash), and could sometimes read the wrong section of the my.cnf file. We’ve updated the parsing engine to be more MySQL compatible.

Annotation improvements

Annotations permit the display of an event on all dashboards in PMM. Users reported that passing more than one string to pmm-admin annotate would generate an error, so we updated the parsing logic to assume all strings passed during annotation creation generates a single annotation event. Previously you needed to enclose your strings in quotes so that it would be parsed as a single string.

Issues in this release

New Features & Improvements
[]PMM-2432 – Configurable MySQL Slow Log File Rotation
[/LIST]Bug fixes
]PMM-1187 – Graphs breaks at tight resolution
[]PMM-2362 – Explain is a part of query
]PMM-2399 – RPM for pmm-server is missing some files
[]PMM-2407 – Menu items are not visible on PMM QAN dashboard
]PMM-2469 – Parsing of a valid my.cnf can break the mysqld_exporter
[]PMM-2479 – PXC/Galera Cluster Overview dashboard: typo in metric names
]PMM-2484 – PXC/Galera Graphs display unpredictable results each time they are refreshed
[]PMM-2503 – Wrong InnoDB Adaptive Hash Index Statistics
]PMM-2513 – QAN-agent always changes max_slowlog_size to 0
[]PMM-2514 – pmm-admin annotate help – fix typos
]PMM-2515 – pmm-admin annotate – more than 1 annotation
[/LIST]How to get PMM

PMM is available for installation using three methods:
[]On Docker Hub – docker pull percona/pmm-server – Documentation
]AWS MarketplaceDocumentation
[*]Open Virtualization Format (OVF)Documentation
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