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Colin Charles: Four MariaDB books available now

Mon, 2014-04-28 08:01

It’s quite exciting to see the amount of MariaDB books out there (first GA release of software: February 2010).

From left-to-right:

  1. MariaDB Crash Course (August 2011)
  2. Getting Started with MariaDB (October 2013)
  3. MariaDB Cookbook (March 2014)
  4. Real MariaDB in Korean (April 2014). (note)

Related posts:

  1. Book in Korean: Real MariaDB
  2. MariaDB in Japan
  3. Percona has more MariaDB features now

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Lee Chin Sheng: PPP Reference

Fri, 2014-04-25 01:40
I found this when wandering around the Internet, and think it's good to share out for packet monkeys, this is very good reference document for anyone who want to learn about point-to-point protocol, very straightforward indeed -

Check it out if you are interested.
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Colin Charles: MariaDB 10.0.10 uploaded to Debian experimental

Thu, 2014-04-24 00:14

If you’re watching the NEW queue, you’ll notice that MariaDB 10.0.10 has been uploaded targeting Debian/experimental. Package description, and to think the bug was only opened on April 2nd – pretty quick turnaround.

Related posts:

  1. MariaDB in Debian unstable
  2. Debian releases Lenny, MySQL 5.1 soon
  3. MariaDB in Gentoo; updates for Solaris/Debian SPARC

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Harisfazillah Jamel: Malaysia Open Source Community Meetup Q2 2014 - Promotion One

Wed, 2014-04-23 03:02
Malaysia Open Source Community Meetup Q2 2014

Event description :-

The Malaysia Open Source Community Meetup is an event for Open Source Communities in Malaysia to connect with each others. As a whole it also helps give software developers, students, and other interested people an opportunity to learn more about open source software and to discuss and share future planning of Open Source Project and Activities.
Date : 31 May 2014 (Saturday)
Time : 9am till 2pm
Venue :

Shah Alam Auditorium, Microsoft Office.
Level 26, Menara 3, KLCC
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Registration :-

Latest and current update, schedule and speakers :-

Want to be a speaker? Open Source Software related topic? Please contact
linuxmalaysia @



Harisfazillah Jamel aka LinuxMalaysia

23 Apr 2014


Malaysia Open Source Community Meetup an event for OSS Communities in Malaysia to meetup #q2moscmy2014 #linuxmy
— linuxmalaysia (@linuxmalaysia) April 23, 2014
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Colin Charles: Ubuntu 14.04 – some MySQL ecosystem notes

Tue, 2014-04-22 23:56

Following my previous post on the launch, I just rolled Ubuntu 14.04 LTS on an Amazon EC2 t1.micro instance (not something you expect to run a database server on, for sure – 1 vCPU, 0.613GiB RAM). If you do an apt-cache search mysql you get 435 return result sets with the default configuration (trusty: main & universe).

If you do apt-get install mysql-server, you get MySQL 5.5. You enter the password of choice, and before you know it, MySQL is installed (a SELECT VERSION() will return 5.5.35-1ubuntu1).

Next you decide to install MariaDB. I run an apt-get install mariadb-server. It pulls in libjemalloc (for TokuDB) and I expect future releases to ship this engine by default. You enter the password, and you get a new message (as pictured).


I verify my test database that I created exists. It does. A SELECT VERSION() returns 5.5.36-MariaDB-1. The innodb_version returns 5.5.36-MariaDB-33.0.

I’m curious about MySQL 5.6 now. So I run apt-get install mysql-server-5.6. Not so straightforward. 

start: Job failed to start invoke-rc.d: initscript mysql, action "start" failed. dpkg: error processing package mysql-server-5.6 (--configure): subprocess installed post-installation script returned error exit status 1 Setting up mysql-common-5.6 (5.6.16-1~exp1) ... Processing triggers for libc-bin (2.19-0ubuntu6) ... Errors were encountered while processing: mysql-server-5.6 E: Sub-process /usr/bin/dpkg returned an error code (1)

Looks like MySQL 5.6 is more memory hungry… I edited /etc/mysql/my.cnf to ensure that innodb_buffer_pool_size = 64M (I increased this to 128M and it worked too) was set (there was nothing in the default config) and re-ran apt-get install mysql-server-5.6 and it started. My test database was still around ;-)

I wanted to make sure that MySQL 5.6 isn’t more memory hungry just on that instance so I created yet another clean t1.micro instance and did an apt-get install mysql-server-5.6. Same error. Reported lp#1311387.

Nothing to report in particular about Percona – 5.5.34 Percona XtraDB Cluster (GPL), Release 31.1 (Ubuntu), wsrep_25.9.rXXXX. One thing is for sure – if you’re playing around with the ecosystem, installs and upgrades aren’t exactly straightforward.

Related posts:

  1. MariaDB 10.0.5 storage engines – check the Linux packages
  2. Using MariaDB on CentOS 6
  3. Testing Fedora 19

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Lee Chin Sheng: Argus 3: Debug & Testing

Tue, 2014-04-22 23:39
If you are testing argus 3, the best way is always compile argus source with debug mode on -

Argus -
shell>tar xvzf argus-3.0.5.tar.gz
shell>cd argus-
shell>touch .devel .debug
shell>./configure --prefix=/usr/local/stow/argus-
shell>sudo make && make install

Argus Clients -
shell>tar xvzf argus-clients-
shell>cd argus-clients-
shell>touch .devel .debug
shell>./configure --prefix=/usr/local/stow/argusc-
shell>sudo make && make install

If argus or its client suite fails to run or behaves wrongly, you can just run them with -D 1-5 depending on the debug information you want. I'm just writing this as note to myself and hopefully it helps others who are using argus as well.

Cheers ;]
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Colin Charles: MySQL Community Awards: Community Contributor of the Year 2014

Tue, 2014-04-22 21:32

As one decompresses from the active month that April brings to the MySQL ecosystem, its worth noting that I received a MySQL Community Award – Community Contributor of the Year 2014 award at the Percona Live MySQL Conference & Expo 2014 in Santa Clara. I was extremely happy and thankful to receive such an award and I still am. Thank you MySQL Community.

My reason for winning, now immortalised:

Colin’s list of service to the MySQL Community goes back almost 10 years. He was a community engineer starting in 2005, chaired some of the O’Reilly MySQL conferences, ran the MySQL projects for Google Summer of Code. As a partner and Chief Evangelist for Monty program, he continues to promote and grow the MySQL ecosystem. Though it’s his job, he goes above and beyond, driven by his passion for open source and MySQL.

I was amongst very good company (congratulations to all the winners). Thank you to whom nominated me, and to the committee for vetting it. Frederic wrote a nice post with a little selfie. Tomas expresses heartfelt thanks from Oracle.

Anyway, not to rest on one’s laurels – while its great to be given an award after years of being involved in the community, I will work harder in the coming months to make things better in any way I can. Thank you again, MySQL Community.

(more pics of the award: #1, #2)

Related posts:

  1. O’Reilly MySQL Conference Awards 2010
  2. Percona Live MySQL Conference & Expo Santa Clara 2014
  3. New Year’s note, 2014

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Colin Charles: Apps should be conduits for web services

Tue, 2014-04-22 21:01

Beautiful designed apps should be conduits for web services. Or provide some form of “desktop” capability. Sync is important.

Brent Simmons recently wrote of Marco Arment

You know him from Tumblr, Instapaper, The Magazine, and (coming soon) Overcast.

You may think of Marco as an iOS developer — but every single one of those apps is a web service.

This thought process works very well with a presentation John Gruber gave at Web 2.0 Expo NY – watch the 10 minute video on Apple and the Open Web. He describes Apple as a “ht” company: they’ve embraced HTML and HTTP.

I look at my iPhone and think to myself what apps I use (i.e. have an icon on my screen) that are web apps:

  1. Google Calendar (direct web app, opens a browser window)
  2. RunKeeper
  3. Fitbit
  4. Withings
  5. Cardiio
  6. MyFitnessPal
  7. Chrome
  8. Mail
  9. TripIt
  10. Evernote
  11. Instapaper
  12. Kindle
  13. NewsBlur
  14. Hello (by Evernote)
  15. Skype
  16. Instagram
  17. Vine
  18. Rdio
  19. Spotify
  20. Google
  21. Reminders (stock Apple app, wonderful sync at work)
  22. Safari
  23. Facebook
  24. Foursquare
  25. Twitter
  26. KakaoTalk
  27. Line
  28. Messenger
  29. Hangouts
  30. Telegram
  31. Tweetbot
  32. Google+
  33. Dropbox
  34. 1Password
  35. Expensify
  36. MyTeksi
  37. Uber
  38. YouTube
  39. Paper
  40. Bloomberg

What isn’t a web app? Photos (though there is an iCloud Sync that I don’t use – I prefer it going to Dropbox), Camera, most of Apple’s standard apps (of course, FaceTime, Notes, Calendar – they all sync), DocScanner (syncs to Dropbox, but has no web app behind it), Snapseed, Camera+, 360 (has a web component though I never use it). Music/Podcasts theoretically sync with the web, but again, not my use case. I don’t consider Google Authenticator a web app either though I use it in conjunction with the web. Messages has iMessage but there isn’t a web interface (yet?).

We can argue that the messaging apps aren’t really web services. KakaoTalk/Line have desktop clients. Whatsapp is notoriously mobile-only. Viber/WeChat seem to be mobile only for me. Telegram leads the way by having a nice Chrome browser plugin. Skype is a desktop app.

That makes the majority of my apps that I use, really, web apps. My phone is a conduit to the Internet. This is why I consume data and WiFi.

My iPad is not much different – I use it a lot more for reading, and that includes the FT (fully HTML5 web + mobile app), WSJ, NYTimes, New Yorker, The Economist. OK, there’s GoodReader, iBooks, Zinio for offline reading too, a lot more magazines, and some office software – the iWork suite (which syncs to iCloud). A cool app like Penultimate (now free after Evernote purchased them – again syncs online).

This is the success metric for an app. No point building an application to have a F1 racing timetable (I get that from or a simple Google search). No point building an application that collects Malay proverbs (I can search for that if I was interested; or if it was the English context, I’d just look up wikiquote).

Games seem to be an exception to this, but as I have never played games and don’t intend to start (I don’t grok the mind of a gamer, sorry), I’ll pass on overall commentary. 

Related posts:

  1. Chrome Web Store – AppStore for Web?
  2. A battery management app I’d like to see
  3. Apps are the new channels

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Harisfazillah Jamel: Malaysia Open Source Community Meetup Q2 2014

Mon, 2014-04-21 00:32
Malaysia Open Source Community Meetup Q2 2014

Keterangan :-
Date : 31 May 2014 (Saturday)
Time : 9am till 2pm
Venue : TBA

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Event description
The Malaysia Open Source Community Meetup is a place for Open Source Communities in Malaysia to connect with each others. As a whole it also helps give software developers, students, and other interested people an opportunity to learn more about open source software and to discuss and share future planning of Open Source Project and Activities.

Harisfazillah Jamel aka LinuxMalaysia

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Lee Chin Sheng: Ubuntu Linux: Argus 3 Installation

Sun, 2014-04-20 13:42
If you want to test the latest version of argus with all the features enabled on Ubuntu Linux, here's the fastest way, just follow the steps below -

I use stow to manage argus source -

shell>sudo apt-get install stow
shell>mkdir /usr/local/stow

Install mysql server -

shell>sudo apt-get install mysql-server

Install software dependencies for argus clients -

shell>sudo apt-get install flex bison libmysqlclient-dev libncurses5-dev libreadline-dev libgeoip-dev libpcre3-dev

Now download argus and its client suite -


Install argus -

shell>tar xvzf argus-
shell>cd argus-
shell>./configure --prefix=/usr/local/stow/argus-
shell>sudo make && make install

Install argus client -

shell>tar xvzf argus-clients-
shell>cd argus-clients-
shell>./configure --with-libpcre --prefix=/usr/local/stow/argusc-
shell>sudo make && make install

Now you can use stow to link them to default PATH(/usr/local/sbin and /usr/local/bin) so that you don't need to define full path when running argus -

shell>cd /usr/local/stow
shell>sudo stow argus-
shell>sudo stow argusc-

Done and you can start testing argus for fun!
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Colin Charles: Congratulations Ubuntu, for the wide choice!

Fri, 2014-04-18 16:54

Inspired by Yngve Svendsen’s post, I too think it makes absolute sense to congratulate Ubuntu on the 14.04 LTS release (some server notes - MySQL has a section dedicated to it). Ubuntu users have a lot of server choice today (that’s from all major MySQL ecosystem vendors):

  • MySQL 5.5.35 ships in main. It is the default MySQL. Oracle has committed to providing updates to 5.5 throughout the LTS release cycle of Ubuntu (which is longer than the planned EOL for 5.5). This is why the grant of a Micro Release Exception (MRE).
  • MySQL 5.6.16 ships in universe
  • MariaDB 5.5.36 ships in universe.
  • Percona XtraDB Cluster 5.5.34 ships in universe

Ubuntu’s pitch is being the cloud platform of choice, with OpenStack support. This explains why Percona XtraDB Cluster (the only shipping Galera Cluster variant — no upstream Codership release, and no MariaDB Galera Cluster) is critical infrastructure as its used widely in OpenStack deployments. 451Research estimates that the OpenStack distributions market is worth $82 million in 2014 and $119 million in 2015.

Press release had a choice quote from Percona CEO, Peter Zaitsev:

“We are very pleased that Percona XtraDB Cluster is included in Ubuntu 14.04 LTS. Many organisations that use MySQL need high availability solutions to ensure that their applications meet the expectations of their users. Percona XtraDB Cluster is an easy to use, open source solution for MySQL clustering which addresses these high availability needs. We continue to see growth in Ubuntu usage by our customers and our open source software users so we are confident that the inclusion of Percona XtraDB Cluster in Ubuntu 14.04 will help spread the adoption of cost-effective, high availability MySQL.” Peter Zaitsev, Co-Founder and CEO at Percona


Related posts:

  1. Ubuntu 10.04 LTS released, MariaDB 5.1.44/5.2-BETA VM’s available
  2. OpenSUSE users have a choice of database now!
  3. Communications, Ubuntu 6.06 LTS & MySQL downloads

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Colin Charles: SSL and MariaDB/MySQL

Thu, 2014-04-17 18:25

With the recent Heartbleed bug, people are clearly more interested in their MariaDB/MySQL running with SSL and if they have problems. First up, you should read the advisory notes: MariaDB, Percona Server (blog), and MySQL (blog).

Next, when you install MariaDB (or a variant) you are usually dynamically linked to the OpenSSL library that the system provides. Typically on startup of MariaDB 10.0.10 on CentOS 6.5 (packages from the MariaDB repository), you can check what your status of SSL is.

MariaDB [(none)]> show variables like 'have_ssl'; +---------------+----------+ | Variable_name | Value | +---------------+----------+ | have_ssl | DISABLED | +---------------+----------+ 1 row in set (0.00 sec)

This means that SSL options are compiled, but mysqld didn’t start with it. You can verify SSL is linked dynamically:

ldd `which mysqld` | grep ssl => /usr/lib64/ (0x00007ff82d1b1000)

If you are running with SSL enabled (some documentation at MySQL) you will have different options naturally. You can do this via: /etc/init.d/mysql start --ssl. Output now changes:

MariaDB [(none)]> show variables like 'have_ssl'; +---------------+-------+ | Variable_name | Value | +---------------+-------+ | have_ssl | YES | +---------------+-------+ 1 row in set (0.00 sec)

The value NO will be displayed if the server is not compiled with SSL support. See SSL Server System Variables for more.

Related posts:

  1. MySQL 5.6 system variables in the MariaDB 10 server
  2. Using MariaDB on CentOS 6
  3. MariaDB 10.0.5 storage engines – check the Linux packages

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Bakhtiar: Kedai Android App

Mon, 2014-04-14 13:07
Here's a list of some of Kedai Android App : - terkini - himpunan hadis and a lot more at the google play
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Muhammad Shahriman (Yondie): Immutable Data and Memory Sensitivity..

Sun, 2014-04-13 02:18
Considered this python code snippets

import hashlib
while True:
   print("Enter your password")
   s = raw_input('--> ')
   print("Now the md5sum")
   s = hashlib.md5(s).hexdigest()

By any means it's relatively a simple code to understand, we use s as a placeholder for our incoming data string, compute it's md5sum and replace the s value with a hexdigest.. In short s now contain the md5sum in hex right? So any plaintext that we've entered should vanished and and flush out by the garbage collector in python VM right?

Let's give it a test.

So most people would think any previous plaintext value would be washed out from the memory. The String DogFood  won`t exist right? Let's attach this current script on a debugger ('Im using edb debugger , the best thing besides windbg sorry stallman gdb just sux!!!!');

I like using edb debugger, it helps for example binary search string. Since we have replace the s value from DogFood to a hex string. We shouldn`t see any DogFood string in the memory right? Unfortunely that is entirely not true :(

DogFood in Hex High-level languages often have data types that are immutable. The program can only write to an immutable object once, at creation time. In other words s is just a label and the string maybe be stored in the same address or  anywhere in the memory. (Noted to self, heap/stack/bss/dss/ is actually some sort of label the computer generated to ou  give it some of approximate understanding on a specific region in the memory) 

Let's search for the md5sum string. 36f65df05afee9fb079943b7ba5d9617

The string was stored in a different address!!

So in a High Level Language,  there is no gurantee your initial plaintext data in an address would be overwrite with a encrypted blob/binary . The only way to ensure overwrite is 100% is to use either mutable data structure that are capable of replacing dynamics element.

So why did u see a chunk of the unencrypted/crypted data in the heartbleed heak leak? Not a surprise anymore right?

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Colin Charles: Ai Weiwei – Evidence

Fri, 2014-04-11 21:52

I was fortunate enough to have some free time earlier today evening, and headed over to the Martin-Gropius-Bau to catch the Ai Weiwei (@aiww)exhibition titled Evidence. This is the first time I’ve seen Ai Weiwei’s work as I missed it at the Tate Modern in London a while back.

He is a modern artists. Playing around with a lot of different materials to come up with his artwork. And he makes use of the Web. I guess his claim to fame is that he’s all for freedom of speech & expression (something that’s hard to do in China – a dissident he is, if you must), and the fact that he’s a documenter of modern happenings (everyone is interested at the amazing pace of growth in China – he shows that by video recordings of highways, or driving around and recording his journey as an example).

For me, I was really moved by Zodiac Heads (Circle of Animals). I would so grab the rat, tiger and dog as examples! 

China in ten years (I first went to Beijing in 2004 – it has changed a lot in a decade) has become a lot more materialistic. The car of choice used to be the Audi; it still is, but you find a lot of other luxury vehicles on the roads nowadays in Beijing. So the Han Dynasty vases painted with metallic paint from BMW & Mercedes was great for cultural insight. Culturally, the want of antiques is also high and the Table & Chest with stripped chairs was also interesting – remove 1mm sheen from Ming Dynasty furniture and they look like new. What is the purpose of antiques again?

I enjoyed his Study of Perspectives (a selection at moma) as well. He goes to famous landmarks and takes a photo with his left middle finger.

He portrays the disputed islands (between China & Japan). I loved the stools because they each tell a story (6,000 of them). I enjoyed his re-enactment of how he was held captive by the Chinese authorities for some time. It’s shocking to see how you would sleep with a light on, always be watched by security guards and have everything covered up – where you have to do your own laundry and the only thing you get are 6 hangers. Its sad to see that his studio in Shanghai was demolished at a moment’s notice – but he made artwork out of it. He showed the evidence that was confiscated (lots of laptops/video recorders/PCs).

A protest pre-demolition involved river crabs (he xie). Guess that’s the beauty of the Chinese language :)

If you get the chance to check Ai Weiwei’s work out, its well worth it and will take you a good 2 hours (read a review in The Economist). You can’t take photos inside, but you will leave with a lot of memories. If you can’t see this one in Berlin, check out a video: Ai Weiwei – Dumbass. At five minutes long, it makes my video of the week.

Related posts:

  1. Malaysia’s Evidence Act – #STOP114A
  2. Software Freedom Day 2007, Beijing Report
  3. Software Freedom Day 2007 – Beijing

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