Category Archives: Upgrades

Sushi = Beer ?! An introduction of UTF8 support in MySQL 8.0

In MySQL 8.0 our plan is to drastically improve support for utf8. While utf8 support itself dates back to MySQL 4.1, there exist some limitations. The “sushi = beer” problem in the title refers to Bug #76553. Sushi and beer don’t even go well together, at least not to my taste:-) I will use this bug as an example to explain issues with utf8 collations in the past and our plans for utf8 support going forward.…

Upgrading Directly from MySQL 5.0 to 5.7 using an ‘In Place’ Upgrade

This article is the second in a two-part series on upgrading MySQL.  The first article, Upgrade from 5.0 directly to 5.7 using mysqldump, discussed performing an upgrade using the mysqldump utility.  We call that a ‘Dump’ Upgrade.  In this article, we will discuss what we call an ‘In Place’ Upgrade, also known as a Binary Upgrade or a Live Upgrade.…

Identifying Insecure Connections

A key theme of the MySQL Server 5.7 release is much improved security. Earlier releases of MySQL 5.7 have introduced features supporting this initiative including automatic generation and detection of TLS key material and client-side preference for TLS connections. The recent MySQL 5.7.8 release builds upon this and provides additional monitoring and audit capabilities that make it easy to answer the question: “How secure are my client connections?”.…