Tuning MySQL for performance with Ubuntu 11.04 and MySQLTuner

One of my current projects requires extremely heavy use of very large data sets housed in sever MySQL databases and spread across several servers. This data feeds various web apps, business processes, and fulfills many requests. It is data that needs to be highly available at all times and return queries in the shortest amount of time possible. There are several database tables with upwards of 15 million records and in some instances these need to be joined to other tables, used in calculations, etc.

I need results now, not 48 hours from now. Performance is essential but hard to come by with legacy servers made out of repurposed machines. In order to see where the bottlenecks are and try to make the best of the situation I decided to do some searching. We’re running Ubuntu 11.04 servers for this purpose and I needed something that would give me a run down of what’s causing performance issues on each server.

That’s when I found mysqltuner. This handy little guy is a Perl script that looks at your my.cnf and other MySQL installation data and makes recommendations about how to improve performance based on your past usage.

It’s easy to install in Ubuntu server 11.04:

sudo apt-get install mysqltuner

To run it:

sudo mysqltuner

Then simply enter your administratrive user and password and you’ll get a nice little printout like so:


This will give you a good set of recommendations about which settings to tweak. From here you can make tweaks, restart MySQL and run the script again to see where you stand.

Hope this will help someone in the same situation!

PHP Fatal error: Call to undefined function curl_init()

I recently set up a development server in a VirtualBox VM running Ubuntu server 11.04. My plan was to move a development database and website to this VM and migrate away from a local XAMPP installation on a Windows box. The only problem is that Apache and PHP were not exactly the same between the two systems. This resulted in some of my scripts not working correctly. More specifically, I was getting the “PHP Fatal error:  Call to undefined function curl_init()” error. On my Ubuntu VM.

This likely meant that curl was not installed or enabled on Ubuntu, so here’s what I did:

  1. Run this command from a terminal:
    • sudo apt-get install curl libcurl3 libcurl3-dev php5-curl
  2. Make sure curl is enabled in your php.ini. This file is usually in “/etc/php5/apache2/php.ini”
    • In the section for dynamic extensions add (or uncomment):
      • extension=php_curl.so
  3. Restart Apache:
    • sudo /etc/init.d/apache2 restart