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Getting Started with MariaDB

By : Daniel Bartholomew
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Getting Started with MariaDB

By: Daniel Bartholomew

Overview of this book

MariaDB is a database that has become very popular in the few short years that it has been around. It does not require a big server or expensive support contract. It is also powerful enough to be the database of choice for some of the biggest and most popular websites in the world, taking full advantage of the latest computing hardware available. From installing and configuring through basic usage and maintenance, each chapter in this revised and expanded guide leads on sequentially and logically from the one before it, introducing topics in their natural order so you learn what you need, when you need it. The book is based on the latest release of MariaDB and covers all the latest features and functions. By the end of this beginner-friendly book, not only will you have a running installation of MariaDB, but you will have practical, hands-on experience in the basics of how to install, configure, administer, use, and maintain it.
Table of Contents (16 chapters)
Getting Started with MariaDB Second Edition
About the Author
About the Reviewers
MariaDB Next Steps

MariaDB log files

Depending on how we configure it, MariaDB will keep very detailed or very sparse logs. The location of these logs is configured in our my.cnf (my.ini on Windows) MariaDB configuration file. On Linux, the default location is /var/log/mysql/ and on Windows, the default location is in the MariaDB data directory.

There are several different kinds of logs, each kind serving a different purpose.

The binary log

The MariaDB binary log is a series of files that contain events. An event is a description of any modification to the contents of our database. As indicated by the name, and unlike most other kinds of log files, MariaDB binary log files are in a binary format. They are not readable by us unless we use a helper program such as mysqlbinlog.

The binary log is controlled by the log_bin variable. The main purpose of the variable is to turn binary logging on and off. Basically, if the variable is present in the [mysqld] or [server] sections of our configuration file, binary logging...