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[Announce] New version of mysqlgui

Dec 28, 2000, 04:12 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Sinisa Milivojevic)
Date: Wed, 27 Dec 2000 20:06:49 +0200 (EET)
From: Sinisa Milivojevic 
To: announce@lists.mysql.com
Subject: New version of mysqlgui
Hi!

New version of mysqlgui, version 1.7.4 has hit our pages at the usual place.

What follows is README for this version.


Introduction

This is a beta version of the new MySQLGUI version 1.7.4

This release has two new features, of which one is very important, and it also contains several bug fixes.

If you are using a binary package, you do not have to build mysqlgui yourself. All you have to do is to run it. You may change location of Options file and Help file in (~).my.cnf or in /etc/my.cnf (on Windows it is c:/my.cnf), but if you do not specify path names, mysqlgui will default to it's own values.

Regarding bug fixes, one memory leak has been fixed, plus some fixes have been made in FLTK widgets.

This version has been extensively tested with memory checking software, so there are no memory leaks in it.

New features in this release

First of all, GIF image type is added to the native data types that can be zoomed. If you go to the mysqlgui page:

htpp://www.mysql.com/downloads/gui-clients.html

and you click on Zooming screenshot, you will see mysqlgui with it's zooming feature. That shot displays a single result set spreadsheet with several zooms from various spreadsheet cells:

  • one JPEG image
  • one text widget
  • one HTML widget (actually this is a first page of FLTK docs)
  • and one GIF image

This are all native types supported with mysqlgui 1.7.4

There is a new feature, which is called polygraph feature.

Description of polygraph feature

This feature enables real time, on-line graphical monitoring of MySQL server status variables.

Unlike status window which gives only textual, present - state values of the variables, polygraph feature gives you view of the status of up to last 24 hours.

Usage of this feature is very simple. After starting status window, you can start viewing graph of each MySQL status variable, simply by clicking on the label of the variable. If a graph for the variable is not started, it will show up. If it has been started, this window shall pop-up and will gain focus. This also means that for each status window you can open as many graphs as there are numeric variables.

Closing status window will close all graph windows. Closing any graph window will hide it from the viewer. Clicking again on the label will bring a window, with entire status variable history on screen.

As it can be seen from the Polygraph shot on the above mentioned mysqlgui page, you can run as many graphs as there are numeric status variables. Each graph takes very small amount of memory (up to 5 Kb) and they all get updated in the same time. On a modest computer, 16 graphs got updated in 1/10 of the second with 15 % of system resources.

Name of the variable is a label on the window.

Most important characteristic of the feature is that data are presented in real-time and on-line .

X axis of the graph displays clock time on server, while y axis displays a value of the variable at that moment. Blue dot represents present state, while red line represents history of values. The aforementioned shot was made when X axis displayed elapsed time, but this has been changed as clock time is much more usefull and readable.

Each axis has it's scroller, immediately close to graph and a ruler below / beside a scroller. Scrollers can be used to change a portion of the graph to be viewed, in such a manner that X and Y axis are scrolled independently. Rulers enable independent changing of the zoom for each axis.

After any graph has been started, timeout is set fix to 1 minute for it's parent status window, when all graphs are updated simultaneously. After update, scrollers and rulers are reset to their original value, in such a manner that present state is in view, regardless of it's value changes. All scaling and drawing are done by the software automatically.

You may of course also run several status windows, each with it's own set of graphs.

Future versions of mysqlgui might include two options for this feature. First one would be to set a larger sampling period then one minute, for those systems where running "show status" once every minute may be too frequent. Another option can be also introduced in which graphs could hold data for more then one day. Implementation of these options depends on the feedback from the actual users.

Now, I will (finally) have to port mysqlgui 1.7.4 to Windows and to merge GNU and Borland versions of MySQL++. Which means no more fun for me, but only work...

Cyprus, Larnaka, December 24 2000

Regards,

Sinisa

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