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Thursday, August 28, 2008
 
Re-creating Oracle Enterprise Manager's Console Repository

An earlier blog post, Oracle 10g: Setting up The Oracle Enterprise Manager Console, has the detailed instructions for setting up the Oracle 10g OEM console. However if the database along with the RDBMS server was moved (copied over) to a different host, Oracle Enterprise Manager (OEM) refuses to start. In such cases, the error message will be similar to the following.
% emctl start dbconsole
OC4J Configuration issue. /export/pspp/oracle/oc4j/j2ee/OC4J_DBConsole_localhost_test not found.

One simple solution (there might be many) to fix this issue is to re-create the repository for the OEM console. The steps are as follows.

  1. Make sure the database instance and the listener are up.

  2. Unlock sysman and sys user accounts if not unlocked already.

    eg.,
    % sqlplus / as sysdba

    SQL*Plus: Release 10.2.0.3.0 - Production on Thu Aug 27 23:42:24 2008
    Copyright (c) 1982, 2006, Oracle. All Rights Reserved.

    Connected to:
    Oracle Database 10g Enterprise Edition Release 10.2.0.3.0 - 64bit Production
    With the Partitioning, OLAP and Data Mining options

    SQL> alter user sysman identified by manager account unlock;

    User altered.

    SQL> alter user sys identified by manager account unlock;

    User altered.

    SQL> quit

  3. Re-create the repository.

    eg.,
    % emca -config dbcontrol db -repos recreate

    STARTED EMCA at Aug 27, 2008 11:43:09 PM
    EM Configuration Assistant, Version 10.2.0.1.0 Production
    Copyright (c) 2003, 2005, Oracle. All rights reserved.

    Enter the following information:
    Database SID: test
    Listener port number: 1521
    Password for SYS user: manager
    Password for DBSNMP user: dbsnmp
    Password for SYSMAN user: manager
    Email address for notifications (optional):
    Outgoing Mail (SMTP) server for notifications (optional):
    -----------------------------------------------------------------

    You have specified the following settings

    Database ORACLE_HOME ................ /export/pspp/oracle

    Database hostname ................ matrix
    Listener port number ................ 1521
    Database SID ................ test
    Email address for notifications ...............
    Outgoing Mail (SMTP) server for notifications ...............

    -----------------------------------------------------------------
    Do you wish to continue? [yes(Y)/no(N)]: Y
    Aug 27, 2008 11:43:28 PM oracle.sysman.emcp.EMConfig perform
    INFO: This operation is being logged at /export/pspp/oracle/cfgtoollogs/emca/test/emca_2008-08-27_11-43-09-PM.log.
    Aug 27, 2008 11:43:31 PM oracle.sysman.emcp.EMReposConfig dropRepository
    INFO: Dropping the EM repository (this may take a while) ...
    ...
    ...

You are done. As simple as that.
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Monday, August 18, 2008
 
Fix to Firefox 3 Crash on Solaris 10 x86

Symptom:

Firefox 3 crashes on Solaris 10 x86 when the web browser tries to render some of the HTML pages with SWF content in them. For example, I was not able to open the home page of CNN with the Adobe Flash Player 9.0.124.0 plug-in installed on top of Firefox 3.

According to Adobe's TechNote kb404004, Adobe Flash Player 9.0.124.0 may cause Firefox 3 to crash on Solaris operating systems, the crash is encountered when a HTML page with SWF content renders in a non-current tab or when a tab containing SWF content is closed.

Solution:

The same TechNote kb404004 suggests installing Flash Player version 9.0.125.0 to resolve the issue on Solaris operating system (although I have not tested on SPARC, it appears to be an issue on both SPARC and x86/x64 versions).

Download URL for Flash Player version 9.0.125.0:
http://www.adobe.com/shockwave/download/alternates/

After installing the Flash Player version 9.0.125.0, Firefox 3 did not crash when rendering the home page of CNN; and the plug-in seems stable.

[Update 08/28/2008] Even though the web browser is somewhat stable compared to the vanilla web browser on Solaris 10 x86/x64 Nevada build 95, it is definitely not rock solid as it kept crashing intermittently. The crashes are so random that I don't know when it is going to crash. So I bid adieu to Firefox 3 and went back to Firefox 2.0.0.16. 2.0.0.16 is much stable; and now there is one less thing to worry about. [/Update 08/28/2008]
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Thursday, August 07, 2008
 
Setting Up a Simple MySQL Cluster

The goal of this blog post is to show the steps involved in configuring a very simple MySQL Cluster with all the nodes running on one machine. Keep in mind that this is not a realistic scenario; and the purpose is just to introduce various components involved in a MySQL Cluster, and to show how to configure them. MySQL Cluster beginners, novice users are the target audience of this blog post.

Brief overview of MySQL Cluster

MySQL Cluster is a high-availability, high-redundancy version of MySQL adapted for the distributed computing environment. MySQL Cluster integrates the standard MySQL server with an in-memory clustered storage engine called NDB. MySQL Cluster uses a 'shared-nothing' architecture that allows the system to work with inexpensive hardware, with a minimum of specific requirements for hardware or software; and provides 99.999% data availability with no single point of failure. Even though MySQL Cluster is often used as an in-memory database, it can be configured to use disk-based data as well.

Steps for configuring the MySQL Cluster

  1. Download the appropriate package/tar file/source code for your platform from the url:
    http://dev.mysql.com/downloads/cluster/index.html

    In this blog post, I'm assuming that the MySQL Cluster will be setup on a single system running 32-bit Solaris 10 x86. So download the Solaris (TAR packages) for Solaris 10 (x86, 32-bit).

  2. Create mysql group, mysql user.
    # groupadd mysql
    # useradd -g mysql mysql

  3. As root user, extract mysql-cluster-gpl-6.2.15-solaris10-i386.tar.gz under /usr/local directory.

  4. Create a symbolic link to the newly created mysql directory so it will be easier to work with.
    % ln -s mysql-cluster-gpl-6.2.15-solaris10-i386 mysql

    Let's pretend /usr/local/mysql as the MySQL_HOME here onwards.

  5. MySQL initially has no databases installed. Running MySQL_HOME/scripts/mysql_install_db will install the mysql and test databases. Besides, mysql_install_db program sets up the initial MySQL grant tables containing the privileges that determine how users are allowed to connect to the server. mysql_install_db needs to be run only the first time you install the MySQL Cluster.
    % cd <MySQL_HOME>
    % scripts/mysql_install_db
    Installing MySQL system tables...
    OK
    Filling help tables...
    OK

    To start mysqld at boot time you have to copy
    support-files/mysql.server to the right place for your system

    PLEASE REMEMBER TO SET A PASSWORD FOR THE MySQL root USER !
    To do so, start the server, then issue the following commands:

    ./bin/mysqladmin -u root password 'new-password'
    ./bin/mysqladmin -u root -h unknown password 'new-password'

    Alternatively you can run:
    ./bin/mysql_secure_installation
    ..
    ..

  6. Change the ownership of MySQL directories to ensure a level of security when running MySQL.

    eg., As root user:
    # chown -R root:mysql <MySQL_HOME>
    # chown -R mysql:mysql <MySQL_HOME>/data

  7. Add the MySQL bin directory to PATH and lib directory to the LD_LIBRARY_PATH.
    % cat .profile
    PATH=/usr/bin:/usr/sbin:/usr/local/mysql/bin:/usr/ccs/bin:/usr/ucb:/usr/sfw/bin:/usr/local/bin:.:$PATH
    export PATH

    LD_LIBRARY_PATH=/export/software/mysql/mysql/lib:$LD_LIBRARY_PATH
    export LD_LIBRARY_PATH

  8. For ease of use, copy the mysql.server script from <MySQL_HOME>/support-files directory to <MySQL_HOME>/bin directory.
    % cp <MySQL_HOME>/support-files/mysql.server <MySQL_HOME>/bin

  9. Start the MySQL server

    eg., As root user, run:
    # cd /usr/local/mysql
    # ./mysql.server start
    Starting MySQL
    . SUCCESS!

  10. By default, there is no password for the MySQL 'root' user (not the OS 'root' user). Setup the password for the 'root' user as shown below.
    # cd /usr/local/mysql
    # ./mysqladmin -u root password admin

  11. Ensure that the MySQL server is running as expected by connecting with the mysql client.
    # mysql -u root -p
    Enter password:
    Welcome to the MySQL monitor. Commands end with ; or \g.
    Your MySQL connection id is 3
    Server version: 5.1.23-ndb-6.2.15-cluster-gpl MySQL Cluster Server (GPL)

    Type 'help;' or '\h' for help. Type '\c' to clear the buffer.

    mysql> SHOW DATABASES;
    +--------------------+
    | Database |
    +--------------------+
    | information_schema |
    | mysql |
    | test |
    +--------------------+
    3 rows in set (0.14 sec)

    mysql> quit
    Bye

  12. Install/create the world database.

    Download location:
            http://dev.mysql.com/doc/
    # mysql -u root -p
    Enter password:
    Welcome to the MySQL monitor. Commands end with ; or \g.
    Your MySQL connection id is 4
    Server version: 5.1.23-ndb-6.2.15-cluster-gpl MySQL Cluster Server (GPL)

    Type 'help;' or '\h' for help. Type '\c' to clear the buffer.

    mysql> CREATE DATABASE world;
    Query OK, 1 row affected (0.00 sec)

    Select the world database as the default database.
    mysql> USE world;
    Database changed

    Create the tables and load the data by executing world.sql.
    mysql> SOURCE world.sql
    ...

    Query OK, 1 row affected (0.00 sec)
    Query OK, 1 row affected (0.00 sec)
    Query OK, 1 row affected (0.00 sec)
    ...

    Check the tables in the world database.
    mysql> SHOW TABLES;
    +-----------------+
    | Tables_in_world |
    +-----------------+
    | City |
    | Country |
    | CountryLanguage |
    +-----------------+
    3 rows in set (0.00 sec)

  13. Create the data directory for the cluster.

    eg.,
    # mkdir /usr/local/mysql/mysql-cluster

  14. Configure the Management/MGM Node

    Create /etc/config.ini with the following contents.
    # Options affecting NDBD processes on all Data Nodes
    [NDBD DEFAULT]
    NoOfReplicas=2 # Number of replicas
    DataDir=/usr/local/mysql/mysql-cluster # Directory for the data files on all the data nodes
    DataMemory=15M # How much memory to allocate for data storage
    IndexMemory=15M # How much memory to allocate for index storage
    # Since the "world" database takes up only about 500KB,
    # the configured values for DataMemory and IndexMemory
    # should be more than enough for this example Cluster setup

    # TCP/IP options:
    [TCP DEFAULT]
    portnumber=2202 # This the default; however, you can use any
    # port that is free for all the hosts in the cluster

    # MANAGEMENT (MGM) NODE
    [NDB_MGMD]
    HostName=localhost # Hostname or IP address of MGM node
    DataDir=/usr/local/mysql/mysql-cluster # Directory for MGM node log files

    # DATA NODES
    [NDBD]
    HostName=localhost # Hostname or IP address of the Data Node

    [NDBD]
    HostName=localhost # Hostname or IP address of the Data Node

    # SQL NODE
    [MYSQLD]
    HostName=localhost # Hostname or IP address of the SQL or API Node

    This configuration assumes that there will be one management node, two data nodes and one SQL node.

    config.ini file is read-only by the MySQL Cluster management server, which then distributes the information contained therein to all processes participating in the cluster. config.ini contains a description of each node involved in the cluster -- this includes configuration parameters for data nodes and configuration parameters for connections between all nodes in the cluster.

    The config.ini file can be placed anywhere on the file system i.e., need not be located in the /etc directory.

  15. Configure the Data/Storage and SQL/API Nodes

    The my.cnf file is needed for the data, SQL nodes; and it should be located in the /etc directory.

    Create /etc/my.cnf configuration file with the following contents:
    # Options for mysqld process
    [MYSQLD]
    ndbcluster # run NDB storage engine i.e., set up the local MySQL
    # server to utilize MySQL Cluster (ndbcluster)
    ndb-connectstring=localhost # location of management server

    [MYSQL_CLUSTER]
    ndb-connectstring=localhost # location of management server

    # Options for ndbd process
    [NDBD]
    ndb-connectstring=localhost # location of management server

    Note:
    Once mysqld process is started with the ndbcluster and ndb-connectstring parameters in the [MYSQLD] section of the my.cnf file, it is not possible to execute any CREATE TABLE or ALTER TABLE statements without starting the cluster. Otherwise, those statements will fail with an error.


  16. Start the MySQL Cluster

    Each cluster node process must be started separately, and on the host where it resides. The management node should be started first, followed by the data nodes, then finally by any SQL nodes.

    • Start the management node

      On the management host, run the following commands to start the management node process.
      # cd /usr/local/mysql/bin
      # ./ndb_mgmd -f /etc/config.ini

      Note that ndb_mgmd must be told where to find the configuration file, using the -f or --config-file option.

      Check the status of the cluster by connecting to the management console, ndb_mgm.

      # cd <MySQL_HOME>/bin

      # ./ndb_mgm
      -- NDB Cluster -- Management Client --

      ndb_mgm> SHOW
      Connected to Management Server at: localhost:1186
      Cluster Configuration
      ---------------------
      [ndbd(NDB)] 2 node(s)
      id=2 (not connected, accepting connect from localhost)
      id=3 (not connected, accepting connect from localhost)

      [ndb_mgmd(MGM)] 1 node(s)
      id=1 @localhost (mysql-5.1.23 ndb-6.2.15)

      [mysqld(API)] 1 node(s)
      id=4 (not connected, accepting connect from localhost)

      ndb_mgm> quit

    • On each of the data node hosts, run the following command to start the ndbd process for the first time.
      # ndbd --initial

      Keep in mind that it is necessary to use the --initial parameter only when starting ndbd for the first time, or when restarting after a backup/restore operation or a configuration change. This is because the --initial option causes the node to delete any files created by earlier ndbd instances that are needed for recovery, including the recovery log files. An exception to this is that --initial does not delete disk data files. If you do need to perform an initial restart of the cluster, you must delete any existing disk data log files and data files manually.

      Start the second data node using the same previous command.

      Check the status of the cluster again by connecting to the management console.
      # ndb_mgm
      -- NDB Cluster -- Management Client --

      ndb_mgm> SHOW
      Connected to Management Server at: localhost:1186
      Cluster Configuration
      ---------------------
      [ndbd(NDB)] 2 node(s)
      id=2 @127.0.0.1 (mysql-5.1.23 ndb-6.2.15, Nodegroup: 0, Master)
      id=3 @127.0.0.1 (mysql-5.1.23 ndb-6.2.15, Nodegroup: 0)


      [ndb_mgmd(MGM)] 1 node(s)
      id=1 @127.0.0.1 (mysql-5.1.23 ndb-6.2.15)

      [mysqld(API)] 1 node(s)
      id=4 (not connected, accepting connect from localhost)

    • Finally (re)start the MySQL Server.
      # ./mysql.server stop
      Shutting down MySQL
      ... SUCCESS!

      # ./mysql.server start
      Starting MySQL
      .. SUCCESS!

      Check the status of the cluster one more time by connecting to the management console
      # ndb_mgm
      -- NDB Cluster -- Management Client --

      ndb_mgm> SHOW
      Connected to Management Server at: localhost:1186
      Cluster Configuration
      ---------------------
      [ndbd(NDB)] 2 node(s)
      id=2 @127.0.0.1 (mysql-5.1.23 ndb-6.2.15, Nodegroup: 0, Master)
      id=3 @127.0.0.1 (mysql-5.1.23 ndb-6.2.15, Nodegroup: 0)


      [ndb_mgmd(MGM)] 1 node(s)
      id=1 @127.0.0.1 (mysql-5.1.23 ndb-6.2.15)

      [mysqld(API)] 1 node(s)
      id=4 @127.0.0.1 (mysql-5.1.23 ndb-6.2.15)

    At this point, the whole cluster is up and running.

  17. Testing the cluster functionality

    Alter the City table in the world database to use the NDB (cluster) storage engine, shutdown the cluster; finally try querying the City table.

    • Connect to the MySQL Server using the mysql client.
      # mysql -u root -p
      Enter password:
      Welcome to the MySQL monitor. Commands end with ; or \g.
      Your MySQL connection id is 3
      Server version: 5.1.23-ndb-6.2.15-cluster-gpl MySQL Cluster Server (GPL)

      Type 'help;' or '\h' for help. Type '\c' to clear the buffer.

      mysql>

    • Query the City table
      mysql> USE world;
      Database changed

      mysql> SELECT * FROM City;
      +------+-----------------------------------+-------------+----------------------+------------+
      | ID | Name | CountryCode | District | Population |
      +------+-----------------------------------+-------------+----------------------+------------+
      | 1 | Kabul | AFG | Kabol | 1780000 |
      | 2 | Qandahar | AFG | Qandahar | 237500 |
      | 3 | Herat | AFG | Herat | 186800 |
      ...
      ...
      | 4077 | Jabaliya | PSE | North Gaza | 113901 |
      | 4078 | Nablus | PSE | Nablus | 100231 |
      | 4079 | Rafah | PSE | Rafah | 92020 |
      +------+-----------------------------------+-------------+----------------------+------------+
      4079 rows in set (0.05 sec)


    • Check the storage engine in use
      mysql> SHOW TABLE STATUS LIKE 'City'\G
      *************************** 1. row ***************************
      Name: City
      Engine: MyISAM
      Version: 10
      Row_format: Fixed
      Rows: 4079
      Avg_row_length: 67
      Data_length: 273293
      Max_data_length: 18858823439613951
      Index_length: 43008
      Data_free: 0
      Auto_increment: 4080
      Create_time: 2008-08-02 11:52:22
      Update_time: 2008-08-02 11:52:27
      Check_time: NULL
      Collation: latin1_swedish_ci
      Checksum: NULL
      Create_options:
      Comment:
      1 row in set (0.04 sec)


    • Change the storage engine to NDB (cluster engine).
      mysql> ALTER TABLE City ENGINE=NDB;
      Query OK, 4079 rows affected (2.41 sec)
      Records: 4079 Duplicates: 0 Warnings: 0


    • Check again the storage engine in use
      mysql> SHOW TABLE STATUS LIKE 'City'\G
      *************************** 1. row ***************************
      Name: City
      Engine: ndbcluster
      Version: 10
      Row_format: Fixed
      Rows: 4079
      Avg_row_length: 92
      Data_length: 393216
      Max_data_length: 0
      Index_length: 0
      Data_free: 0
      Auto_increment: 4080
      Create_time: NULL
      Update_time: NULL
      Check_time: NULL
      Collation: latin1_swedish_ci
      Checksum: NULL
      Create_options:
      Comment:
      1 row in set (0.05 sec)


    • View the records in the City table one more time using the same command used in step 18.2
      mysql> SELECT * FROM City;
      +------+-----------------------------------+-------------+----------------------+------------+
      | ID | Name | CountryCode | District | Population |
      +------+-----------------------------------+-------------+----------------------+------------+
      | 2803 | Ugep | NGA | Cross River | 102600 |
      | 965 | Tegal | IDN | Central Java | 289744 |
      | 336 | Marab? | BRA | Par? | 167795 |
      | 1766 | Konan | JPN | Aichi | 95521 |
      ...
      ...
      | 3158 | Ratingen | DEU | Nordrhein-Westfalen | 90951 |
      | 1057 | Gwalior | IND | Madhya Pradesh | 690765 |
      | 2958 | Opole | POL | Opolskie | 129553 |
      | 3213 | Maribor | SVN | Podravska | 115532 |
      +------+-----------------------------------+-------------+----------------------+------------+
      4079 rows in set (0.22 sec)

      The query still returned 4079 rows just like in step 17.2. However notice that the returned rows are not in sorted order like in step 17.2. This is mainly because the data was spread into two data nodes; and the MySQL Server is retrieving and showing the rows in the same order that it received from the data nodes.

    • Stop the cluster

      # ndb_mgm
      -- NDB Cluster -- Management Client --

      ndb_mgm> SHUTDOWN
      Connected to Management Server at: localhost:1186
      Node 2: Cluster shutdown initiated
      Node 3: Cluster shutdown initiated
      Node 2: Node shutdown completed.
      2 NDB Cluster node(s) have shutdown.
      Disconnecting to allow management server to shutdown.
      Node 3: Node shutdown completed.

      ndb_mgm>

    • Finally re-run the query that was used in step 17.2
      mysql> SELECT * FROM City;
      ERROR 1296 (HY000): Got error 157 'Unknown error code' from NDBCLUSTER

      mysql> SHOW ERRORS;
      +-------+------+----------------------------------------------------+
      | Level | Code | Message |
      +-------+------+----------------------------------------------------+
      | Error | 1296 | Got error 4009 'Cluster Failure' from NDB |
      | Error | 1296 | Got error 157 'Unknown error code' from NDBCLUSTER |
      | Error | 1033 | Incorrect information in file: './world/City.frm' |
      +-------+------+----------------------------------------------------+
      3 rows in set (0.05 sec)

      mysql> SELECT * FROM CountryLanguage;
      +-------------+---------------------------+------------+------------+
      | CountryCode | Language | IsOfficial | Percentage |
      +-------------+---------------------------+------------+------------+
      | AFG | Pashto | T | 52.4 |
      | NLD | Dutch | T | 95.6 |
      | ANT | Papiamento | T | 86.2 |
      | ALB | Albaniana | T | 97.9 |
      ...
      ...
      | CHN | Dong | F | 0.2 |
      | RUS | Belorussian | F | 0.3 |
      | USA | Portuguese | F | 0.2 |
      +-------------+---------------------------+------------+------------+
      984 rows in set (0.01 sec)

      mysql> SHOW TABLE STATUS LIKE 'CountryLanguage'\G
      *************************** 1. row ***************************
      Name: CountryLanguage
      Engine: MyISAM
      Version: 10
      Row_format: Fixed
      Rows: 984
      Avg_row_length: 39
      Data_length: 38376
      Max_data_length: 10977524091715583
      Index_length: 23552
      Data_free: 0
      Auto_increment: NULL
      Create_time: 2008-08-02 11:52:27
      Update_time: 2008-08-02 11:52:28
      Check_time: NULL
      Collation: latin1_swedish_ci
      Checksum: NULL
      Create_options:
      Comment:
      1 row in set, 1 warning (0.00 sec)

      Because the cluster is not running and now that the data was stored in the cluster, the query failed to return any data. ERROR 1296 is kind of obscure -- to see some sensible error message, check the ERRORS. Since the rest of the tables are still stored locally using the MyISAM storage engine, MySQL Server is able to retrieve and show the data for the remaining tables in the world database.


Acknowledgments:
Sarah Sproehnle, Sun | MySQL AB

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Sunday, August 03, 2008
 
Solaris 9, 10 : Broken X11 Forwarding on IPv4-only Systems

Symptom

All Solaris 9 & 10 IPv4-only systems with the following ssh patches (or later) may prevent ssh from X forwarding.

126133-03 SunOS 5.10: sshd patch
126134-03 SunOS 5.10_x86: sshd patch
114356-14 SunOS 5.9: /usr/bin/ssh patch
114357-13 SunOS 5.9_x86: usr/bin/ssh patch

In other words, the users may not be able to bring up the graphical applications when connected remotely with the -X option of ssh. All such failed attempts will be recorded in the system log (/var/adm/messages) with an error message similar to the following:

sshd[882]: [ID 800047 auth.error] error: Failed to allocate internet-domain X11 display socket


Fix

There is no official fix available at this time. A bug, 6704823 Fix for 6684003 prevents ssh from X forwarding on IPv4-only system, was filed against Solaris/ssh; and the fix is in progress at the moment.


Work around

Suggested work arounds from the bug report (you just need one of 'em, not both):

  1. Add lo0 for IPv6.

    eg.,
    # ifconfig lo0 inet6 plumb up

    And to make changes permanent, do:

    # touch /etc/hostname6.lo0


  2. Disable IPv6 ssh support.

    Change ListenAddress to 0.0.0.0 in /etc/ssh/sshd_config; then restart sshd with -4 option.

    eg.,
    # svcadm -v disable ssh
    # /usr/lib/ssh/sshd -4

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