SkySQL Raises Additional 2.5 Million Dollars From California Technology Ventures

Yesterday, it was announced that SkySQL has raised an additional 2.5 million dollars in Series A funding from California Technology Ventures.

This comes along with the news of the new CEO, Patrik Sallner, taking the CEO role at SkySQL on July 1st.

Here are some relevant snippets:

“SkySQL also announced today that CTV, a venture capital fund that makes direct investments in technology and life science companies globally, invested an additional $2.5 million as part of the company’s recent A round of funding. With this latest investment, SkySQL has collected EUR 6 million to fund further growth.”

“About California Technology Ventures, LLC
California Technology Ventures, LLC is a venture capital fund that makes direct investments in technology and life science companies. CTV has built a strong reputation for its entrepreneurial approach to investing and working with companies. They believe in guiding entrepreneurs through the strategic, operational, and management decisions critical to a company’s success. For more information, please view”

If interested, there are much more details on this round of funding here:…


SkySQL Soaring to New Heights

In case you may have overlooked yesterday’s post from Ulf Sandberg, I thought I’d go ahead and reiterate the main points, as it is big news, at least for those interested in SkySQL.

SkySQL has been like a rocket ship with it’s growth since we started, and now we’re making some even bigger changes to help accelerate that effort further.

As Ulf announced, we’ve named a new CEO, Patrik Sallner, to take over after the initial bootstrap period.

Patrik, a former executive at F-Secure, will officially become CEO on July 1st. “Patrik comes to SkySQL with demonstrated experience in building international software and services businesses, including delivering cloud storage solutions to the world’s largest telecommunications operators. The addition of Patrik to SkySQL’s Leadership Team is a tremendous boon to the company, and I have every confidence that he will be instrumental in catapulting SkySQL to the next level.”

Again, I just wanted to share the news for those who may have missed it.

For those interested, more on this can be found here:


Formatting SHOW ENGINE INNODB STATUS outputs when “\n” are embedded as Text

Lately I’ve received a number of SHOW ENGINE INNODB STATUS outputs with embedded “\n” characters appearing as text, but not true line breaks.

Of course this makes reading a long, INNODB STATUS nearly impossible.

With Linux, you can more easily fix this using sed or awk (or if you have those on Windows w/ gnu or cygwin or the like).

I didn’t have either handy, nor a fancy editor (just using WordPad), but I did have a hex editor handy (necessary for such cases as this).

In the hex editor (I use Freeware Hex Editor XVI32 for Windows), fixing this took about 2 seconds.

I just replaced:

5C6E <-- which is the text "\n"


0D0A <-- which is the true carriage return/newline

I realize this is a rather specific issue, but in case you run into it, here is an easy fix.

Hope this helps, and happy INNODB STATUS parsing. :)


How to Enable the Original InnoDB Plugin in MariaDB 5.5

As I mentioned here, there is a slight change for enabling the [original] InnoDB Plugin in MariaDB 5.5 (as compared to how you would enable it in 5.1).

Remember, in MariaDB 5.5, if you do not “enable” (i.e., add anything to the config file to do so) the InnoDB Plugin in MariaDB 5.5, you’ll end up with XtraDB+ for your InnoDb plugin. However, if you do “enable” the InnoDB plugin, then you end up with the original InnoDB plugin provided by Oracle/InnoDB.

The change is that the plugin file (.dll for Windows, .so file for Linux) which was previously named “ha_innodb_plugin.dll” is now just “ha_innodb.dll”.

Thus, if you previously enabled the plugin with (would have been in a 5.1 instance):


You now need to use:


That is the only difference, so after making that change, just restart your instance, and you’ll be in business.

For reference, if you encounter this, you might see an error similar to the following in your error log:

120524 19:24:56 [ERROR] Can't open shared library 
 'C:\Program Files\MySQL\MariaDB 5.5\lib\plugin\ha_innodb.dll' 
 (errno: 0 The specified module could not be found.)
120524 19:24:56 [ERROR] Couldn't load plugin named 'innodb' with 
 soname 'ha_innodb.dll'.
120524 19:24:56 [ERROR] C:/Program Files/MySQL/MariaDB 5.5/bin/mysqld: 
 unknown variable 'innodb_buffer_pool_size=10M'
120524 19:24:56 [ERROR] Aborting

Hope this helps.


How to Build MariaDB 5.5 on Windows from Source Code

I built MariaDB 5.5.24 on Windows yesterday from source, so I just wanted to share my steps.

Here is the short version:

bzr branch lp:maria/5.5 maria-5.5
cd maria-5.5
mkdir bld
cd bld
cmake .. -G "Visual Studio 10"
cmake --build . --config relwithdebinfo --target package

Done! Nice, neat zip file is created right there.

Here is the longer version with outputs for those interested:

C:\mariadb-5.5>bzr branch lp:maria/5.5 maria-5.5
Connected (version 2.0, client Twisted)
Authentication (publickey) successful!
Secsh channel 1 opened.
Branched 3418 revision(s).

C:\mariadb-5.5>cd maria-5.5

C:\mariadb-5.5\maria-5.5>mkdir bld

C:\mariadb-5.5\maria-5.5>cd bld

C:\mariadb-5.5\maria-5.5\bld>cmake .. -G "Visual Studio 10"
-- Check for working C compiler using: Visual Studio 10
-- Check for working C compiler using: Visual Studio 10 -- works
-- Detecting C compiler ABI info
-- Detecting C compiler ABI info - done
-- Check for working CXX compiler using: Visual Studio 10
-- Check for working CXX compiler using: Visual Studio 10 -- works
-- Detecting CXX compiler ABI info
-- Detecting CXX compiler ABI info - done
-- MariaDB 5.5.24
-- Check size of void *
-- Check size of void * - done
-- Packaging as: mariadb-5.5.24-win32
-- Looking for include files CMAKE_HAVE_PTHREAD_H
-- Looking for include files CMAKE_HAVE_PTHREAD_H - not found.
-- Found Threads: TRUE
-- Looking for pthread_attr_getguardsize
-- Looking for pthread_attr_getguardsize - not found
-- Check size of time_t
-- Check size of time_t - done
-- Could NOT find Boost
-- Cannot find wix 3, installer project will not be generated
-- Looking for MFC
-- Looking for MFC - not found
-- Configuring done
-- Generating done
-- Build files have been written to: C:/mariadb-5.5/maria-5.5/bld

C:\mariadb-5.5\maria-5.5\bld>cmake --build . --config relwithdebinfo --target package
lots of output

    46 Warning(s)
    0 Error(s)

Time Elapsed 00:23:18.16

Success \o/

Package is named:

Full location:


C:\Users\Chris>mysql -uroot -pmysql -P3313 -e"select version()"
| version()      |
| 5.5.24-MariaDB |

With XtraDB+ (i.e., InnoDB plugin is not enabled), it starts fine, and uses InnoDB version 1.1.8-24.1.

If you try to enable the original InnoDB plugin, note the library is now named ha_innodb.dll (or instead of ha_innodb_plugin.dll (or, which is what it was named in MySQL/MariaDB 5.1. I discuss this topic in more detail here, if you’re interested.

Hope this helps.

Further resources:

Full Details on CMake here:

For details on building on Linux, please see here:

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