Slick Command-Line Tricks for a Tungsten MySQL / MariaDB Database Cluster


The Skinny

Tungsten Clustering provides high availability, disaster recovery, and a host of other benefits for MySQL / MariaDB / Percona Server databases. In this blog post we will explore some of the shell aliases I use every day to administer various Tungsten Clusters.

Shell Aliases: A Quick Review

Quick and Easy

A shell alias is simply a way to create a shortcut for frequently-used command sequences.

For example, I like to shorten the command `clear` to `cls`, i.e.

shell> alias cls=clear
shell> cls

If you create an alias on the fly it will be lost when the shell exits.

To save aliases so they are available to all shell sessions, update your shell's profile or rc script.

For example, add the below line to the bottom of `.bashrc`, save and exit:

shell> vi ~/.bashrc
alias cls=clear
shell> source ~/.bashrc
shell> cls

Open a new terminal window and confirm that your new alias works.

Shell Aliases: My Favorites

Speed and Efficiency

The aliases below are grouped together based on the functionality:

alias se='source /opt/continuent/share/'
alias vini='vi /etc/tungsten/tungsten.ini'
alias auto='echo set policy automatic | cctrl'
alias maint='echo set policy maintenance | cctrl'
alias cdl='cd /opt/continuent/service_logs'
alias cds='cd /opt/continuent/software'
alias cdt='cd /opt/continuent/tungsten'
alias ccls='echo ls | cctrl'
alias cccls='echo ls | cctrl -service global'
alias chb='echo cluster heartbeat | cctrl'
alias toff='trepctl offline'
alias ton='trepctl online'
alias ts='trepctl status'
alias tsg='trepctl status | egrep stat\|appl'
alias tss='trepctl services'
alias tsl='trepctl services | grep serviceName | awk -F: '\''{print $2}'\'''
alias tqv='tpm query version'
alias tvu='tools/tpm validate-update'
alias tup='tools/tpm update -i --replace-release'

You can create your own - the sky is the limit!


The Wrap-Up

In this blog post we explored some of the shell aliases I use every day to administer various Tungsten Clusters.

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About the Author

Eric M. Stone
COO and VP of Product Management

Eric is a veteran of fast-paced, large-scale enterprise environments with 35 years of Information Technology experience. With a focus on HA/DR, from building data centers and trading floors to world-wide deployments, Eric has architected, coded, deployed and administered systems for a wide variety of disparate customers, from Fortune 500 financial institutions to SMB’s.

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