As you may know, since version 5.2.0 (released in April 2010) we support Pluggable Authentication. Using this feature one can implement an arbitrary user authentication and account management policy, completely replacing built-in MariaDB authentication with its username/password combination and
Also, as you might have heard, Oracle has recently released a PAM authentication plugin for MySQL. Alas, this plugin will not run on MariaDB — although the MySQL implementation of pluggable authentication is based on ours, the API is incompatible. And, being closed source, this plugin cannot be fixed to run in MariaDB. And — I’m not making it up — this plugin does not support communication between the client and the server, so even with this plugin and all the power of PAM the only possible authentication method remains a simple username/password combination.
But writing authentication plugins is easy, I said to myself. I will do my own authentication plugin! With blackjack and hookers.
For many years I was using tcsh, with lots of useful customizations, that were created during these years. Now I have bash on my laptop and slowly adding what I’ve got used to.
Yesterday I’ve created command line completion rules for mysql-test-run. It’s not a complete set of everything that’s possible, still it’s quite useful as it is. I need to type much less now when invoking mysql-test-run (and I invoke it quite a lot).
I just finished reading a couple of interesting, and somewhat related, blog posts which I think are worth sharing (apologies to anyone who has already seen them). One is from Jelastic and the other is from Michal Hrušecký.
I’ve written about MariaDB and the Jelastic cloud before (see MariaDB now available as a hosted database via Jelastic cloud platform). Now Jelastic has published statistics on the relative popularity of the various databases they offer. The good news is MariaDB is currently the database of choice for 14% of their customers. The bad news is that we’re in fourth place behind their other three database choices (MySQL, PostgreSQL, and MongoDB). However, MariaDB has only been available on their platform for a little over two months and we’re very happy that so many users of Jelastic’s state-of-the-art Java cloud are choosing to use MariaDB. Thanks!
In the second blog post, Michal Hrušecký shares the results of what he terms his “little MySQL survey”. This time MariaDB comes in second behind MySQL Community Server (and ahead of MySQL Cluster and Percona Server). In case you didn’t know, Michal packages MySQL and MariaDB for openSUSE, so this survey was a good way for him to judge the relative popularity of some of the more popular variants and give him ideas on how to improve things.
BTW: If you know of other interesting/informative/etc… blog posts related to MariaDB, let us know so we can add them to the Blog Posts Relevant to MariaDB page of the AskMonty Knowledgebase!