Bug #67598 Feedback on MySQL Server 5.6 default my.cnf and my.ini
Submitted: 15 Nov 2012 14:19 Modified: 19 Mar 2014 0:39
Reporter: James Day Email Updates:
Status: Closed Impact on me:
None 
Category:MySQL Server: Documentation Severity:S3 (Non-critical)
Version:5.6 OS:Any
Assigned to: James Day CPU Architecture:Any

[15 Nov 2012 14:19] James Day
Description:
This bug is here to provide feedback on the key settings that we should document for those doing initial server configuration.

What settings do you think it's most important for us to mention?

How to repeat:
Not applicable

Suggested fix:
Consider the feedback and act as appropriate.
[17 Dec 2012 15:53] Bob Majdak Jr
I'd suggest a section about not doing hostname based auth, and disabling hostname lookups on connections. Allowing it to DNS stuff willy nilly has been the number one source of high load production slowdowns on web based services.
[17 Dec 2012 15:56] Bob Majdak Jr
Sorry, number one cause on *our* web based services.
[20 Dec 2012 8:47] Valeriy Kravchuk
This is what I see in my-default.ini in 5.6.9 .zip with binaries for Windows:

[mysqld]

# Remove leading # and set to the amount of RAM for the most important data
# cache in MySQL. Start at 70% of total RAM for dedicated server, else 10%.
# innodb_buffer_pool_size = 128M

# Remove leading # to turn on a very important data integrity option: logging
# changes to the binary log between backups.
# log_bin

# These are commonly set, remove the # and set as required.
# basedir = .....
# datadir = .....
# port = .....
# server_id = .....

# Remove leading # to set options mainly useful for reporting servers.
# The server defaults are faster for transactions and fast SELECTs.
# Adjust sizes as needed, experiment to find the optimal values.
# join_buffer_size = 128M
# sort_buffer_size = 2M
# read_rnd_buffer_size = 2M 

sql_mode=NO_ENGINE_SUBSTITUTION,STRICT_TRANS_TABLES 

Do you want us to discuss the above or something else? Here everything but sql_mode is commented...

If we should discuss content of comments also, I have strong objections against 128M for join_buffer_size, for example :) 2M for read_rnd_buffer_size is also questionable with InnoDB being default storage engine, etc.

James, can you be more specific in this "bug report"? What exact content we should check and what settings you want community to comment on?
[2 Jan 2013 8:11] Shane Bester
would be nice to put empty sections for [mysql] and [mysqldump] so that people are aware they exist.
[2 Jan 2013 10:36] Shane Bester
On windows I'd like to see "symbolic-links=0" at least mentioned in the my.ini file.

The performance impact of checking for .sym files on each table open is pretty severe under some workloads.  This fake symbolic links code is going away in a future version of mysql since NTFS supports real symlinks anyway.
[10 Apr 2013 8:59] Filipe Silva
please note that the installation instructions in «2.2. Installing MySQL from Generic Binaries on Unix/Linux» refer to the non existing file «my-medium.cnf» in the command sequence «(...) shell> cp support-files/my-medium.cnf /etc/my.cnf (...)». This file is missing at least since version 5.6.8.

Also, the chapter «5.1.7. Server SQL Modes» states that the default server sql mode is «The default SQL mode in MySQL 5.6.6 and later is NO_ENGINE_SUBSTITUTION; in MySQL 5.6.5 and earlier, it was empty (no modes set).», however the default my.cnf file "generated" by the script «scripts/mysql_install_db» contains «sql_mode=NO_ENGINE_SUBSTITUTION,STRICT_TRANS_TABLES». I couldn't find anywhere in the documentation saying that STRICT_TRANS_TABLES is also the default mode.
[9 Mar 2014 14:01] Valeriy Kravchuk
I think it's time to close this bug report (and maybe create new one(s) based on some comments here). No need for more feedback on the subject at the moment anyway.
[19 Mar 2014 0:39] James Day
I agree. So, I've closed this bug report now.

James Day, MySQL Senior Principal Support Engineer, Oracle