So I sometimes get asked if we funnel back bug reports or patches back to MySQL from Drizzle. Also, MariaDB adds some interest here as they are a lot closer (and indeed compatible with) to MySQL. With Drizzle, we have deviated really quite heavily from the MySQL codebase. There are still some common areas, but they’re getting rarer (especially to just directly apply a patch).
Back in June 2009, while working on Drizzle at Sun, I found a bug that I knew would affect both. The patch would even directly apply (well… close, but I made one anyway).
So the typical process of me filing a MySQL bug these days is:
- Stewart files bug
- In the next window of Sveta being awake, it’s verified.
This happened within a really short time.
Unfortunately, what happens next isn’t nearly as awesome.
Namely, nothing. For a year.
So a year later, I filed it in launchpad for MariaDB.
So, MariaDB is gearing up for a release, it’s a relatively low priority bug (but it does have a working, correct and obvious patch), within 2 months, Monty applied it and improved the error checking around it.
(and yes, this tends to be a general pattern I find)
But Mark says he gets things through… so yay for him.2