switching reverse proxy from apache2 to nginx

i’ve been planning for a while to move away from apache2 as a reverse proxy in front of java appservs and start using nginx. i had two reasons: nginx can handle much better large number of concurrent connections [something we can make use of if we start using long-poll/comet], nginx gives more control over buffering ... Read More

new sphinx, new connector/j headaches

sphinx 2.0.3 is out; and as new drama of getting mysql’s connector/j begins. i did not figure out [yet] any way of making both work using the latest 5.1.18 connector, but at least i’ve managed to convince one that i use now [ 5.1.15 ] to work with sphinx. what works: mysql-connector-java-5.1.13-bin.jar but.. only if ... Read More

excluding some mysql queries from the slow query log

i keep close eye on the mysql-slow.log log of queries that take more than 1s to execute. but at the same time i know about few house-keeping queries that are executed few times per day that by design take longer to execute [eg table checksums]. i don’t want those queries to ‘pollute’ the slow query ... Read More

java7, XMLEncoder problems

for the last few days i’ve been looking into java7… it surely seems faster. but also some of my old code broke when run under it.

ghettovcb hangs while removing the snapshot

i’ve upgraded few vmware esxi 4.1 servers with the latest patches and… obviously something got broken. i use ghettoVCB script to take weekly snapshots of the vms. scripts hanged last night on all servers.


i take care of one HP server with ILO remote access card. but recently i started having problems with using web applet to connect to it.

kindle 3g

few months ago i bought kindle 3g. below what’s good and what’s bad about it.

mysql 5.1 – turning on/off query logging on the fly

i dont run query logging – more to avoid running out of the disk space on /var/log than for the performance reasons. but from time to time it’s good to be able to turn logging on to see what’s going on. in 5.1 and later versions it’s possible without restarting the mysqld.

innodb_stats_sample_pages to save a day

i’ve run into nasty instability in mysql’s query execution plan joining few tables with 10s of millions of rows. mysql 5.1’s innodb_stats_sample_pages seem to solve the problem.

opera mini 6 + rss feed

opera mini is a great mobile web browser. new release just got out; yet rss [quite an important features for me] seems to be a sort of neglected functionality. here’s how to get it to work in v6.

intel x-25m ssd problems under linux

i got my hands on INTEL SSDSA2M120G2GC disk. read performance was perfect but during writes it was throwing kernel errors left and right: