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    Custom MySQL configuration on Travis

    We ran into some character encoding issues with our automated tests on Travis recently. Luckily, it’s very easy to change the MySQL configuration in your test environment.

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    Stop logging cron jobs to /dev/null

    I often see cron jobs configured to pipe all output to /dev/null to get rid of it. Other times the emails cron sent are piling up and ignored due to alert fatigue.

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    Summarize your MySQL slow log file with mysqldumpslow

    It can be difficult to make sense of the slow query log when investigating MySQL database performance. Fortunately, MySQL comes with a little tool to help you interpret those queries, called mysqldumpslow.