TokuDB MySQL Google Cloud

TokuDB Google Cloud Install: Starting MySQL… ERROR! The server quit without updating PID file

I am fairly new to TokuDB but so far I am impressed with the compression it provides to the data stored within. One of my clients has a ton of data that is constantly growing and thus TokuDB made a lot of sense for the solution that was created. While becoming more familiar with TokuDB and trying different cloud solutions I ran into a minor issue installing TokuDB on a Google Cloud VM instance but explain how to resolve easily below.

CentOS Remove Old Kernels

Tonight when upgrading a CentOS Linux server it was noted by YUM that 15MB more disk space was needed to upgrade grub and the kernel itself. Below are four quick steps to verify what kernels are installed, install yum-utils if it is not installed already, delete previous kernels and set YUM to remove old kernels…

Technology Insights

Ubuntu apt-get upgrade – The following packages have been kept back

When upgrading packages on Ubuntu using the apt-get upgrade command you may notice that some packages are not upgraded. Ubuntu will not upgrade packages that could have a major impact to service on the server such as the kernel, kernel headers, MySQL packages, and various others. The packages are held back by aptitude as a safeguard to keep people from upgrading packages that might keep the server from rebooting or that might corrupt something like a database. Below we show the error in more detail and explain the command that can be run to upgrade the packages that are being held back.

Technology Insights

F5 BIG-IP LTM VE Default Login, BIG-IP Local Traffic Manager Virtual Edition Console Login

Recently I have started working a lot more with various F5 hardware including BIG-IP LTM’s or BIG-IP Local Traffic Managers. F5 provides a VMware image so you can have a test environment running as a virtual machine. This is a great place to complete testing, example configurations, etc. Once you start the F5 BIG-IP LTM VE virtual machine you will need to login with the default username and password which is noted below along with screenshots so you can ensure you are logging in via the correct console prompt.

Technology Errors

CentOS IRQ Errors, Server: kernel: Disabling IRQ #177

Recently we have been doing a lot of testing of oclHashcat on CentOS Linux servers. The oclHashcat application takes advantage of the GPU’s, or Graphical Processing Units, of Nvidia graphics cards or ATI graphics cards. Anyhow one of the servers we have been testing with has four Nvidia 295 GTX’s and at times was receiving an error stating the kernel was disabling the IRQ. Below we describe the error in more detail along with a kernel parameter that was added to resolve the error. Even though we experienced this issue with oclHashcat specifically the error could happen with other applications and/or Linux Operating Systems so the resolution could be the same.