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There are numerous compression tools available to Linux and Database administrators including gzip, xz, bzip2, and pigz and others. Gzip has been the classic go to for compression, however there has been a move to xz over gzip due to improvements in compression. This quick guide will show the differences in compression and time to complete specifically when dealing with mysqldump. When dumping databases, it is often a balance between total achieved compression and time it take to complete, to keep lock time to a minimal.
Ever worked on a MySQL having table locking problems and when you run 'show full processlist' your screen is blasted with hundreds of lines of queries? MySQL have a feature to help you parse this information easier with a feature known as a 'pager'
Recently I can across the ability to run Linux commands in the MySQL shell without the need to drop out of the MySQL shell. This can save quite some time in the long run when troubleshooting database performance issues as you do not need to switch shells to run commands.