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MySQL/OTP + Poolboy

Status: Beta.

MySQL/OTP + Poolboy provides connection pooling for MySQL/OTP using Poolboy. It contains convenience functions for executing SQL queries on a connection in a pool and lets you choose between two methods for creating and managing connection pools:

  1. Use it as a library that helps you supervise your own MySQL connection pools.
  2. Use it as an application that manages its own supervisor for connection pools.

I want to supervise my own connection pools

Use mysql_poolboy:child_spec/3 to get a child spec for a pool that you can use in your own supervisor.

%% my own supervisor
init([]) ->
    PoolOptions  = [{size, 10}, {max_overflow, 20}],
    MySqlOptions = [{user, "aladdin"}, {password, "sesame"}, {database, "test"},
                    {prepare, [{foo, "SELECT * FROM foo WHERE id=?"}]}],
    ChildSpecs = [
        %% MySQL pools
        mysql_poolboy:child_spec(pool1, PoolOptions, MySqlOptions),
        %% other workers...
        {some_other_worker, {some_other_worker, start_link, []},
         permanent, 10, worker, [some_other_worker]}
    {ok, {{one_for_one, 10, 10}, ChildSpecs}}.

Let MySQL/OTP + Poolboy supervise my pools

This approach requires you to start the application mysql_poolboy. Typically this is done by adding {applications, [mysql_poolboy]} to your .app.src file and then relying on your favourite release tool for the rest.

Pools can be added at run-time using mysql_poolboy:add_pool/3.

Pools can also be created at start-up by defining configuration parameters for mysql_poolboy. The name of each configuration parameter is the pool name and the value is a pair on the form {PoolOptions, MySqlOptions}.


Start your Erlang node with erl -config mypools.config where mypools.config is a file with the following contents:

 {mysql_poolboy, [
    {pool1, {[{size, 10}, {max_overflow, 20}],
             [{user, "aladdin"}, {password, "sesame"}, {database, "test"},
              {prepare, [{foo, "SELECT * FROM foo WHERE id=?"}]}]}}

Using the connection pools

The most commonly used MySQL functions are available with wrappers in mysql_poolboy.

1> mysql_poolboy:query(pool1, "SELECT * FROM foo WHERE id=?", [42]).
2> mysql_poolboy:execute(pool1, foo, [42]).

For transactions, the connection pid is passed to the transaction fun as the first parameter.

3> mysql_poolboy:transaction(pool1, fun (Pid) ->
       ok = mysql:query(Pid, "INSERT INTO foo VALUES (?, ?)", [1, <<"banana">>]),
       ok = mysql:query(Pid, "INSERT INTO foo VALUES (?, ?)", [2, <<"kiwi">>]),
{atomic, hello}

Sometimes you need to checkout a connection to execute multiple queries on it, without wrapping it in an SQL transaction. For this purpose you can use either a pair of calls to checkout/1 and checkin/2 or a call to with/2 with a fun as in this example:

4> mysql_poolboy:with(pool1, fun (Pid) ->
       {ok, _, [[OldTz]]} = mysql:query(Pid, "SELECT @@time_zone"),
       ok = mysql:query(Pid, "SET time_zone = '+00:00'"),
       %% Do some stuff in the UTC time zone...
       ok = mysql:query(Pid, "SET time_zone = ?", [OldTz])

Use this as a dependency

Using, put this in your Makefile:

DEPS = mysql_poolboy
dep_mysql_poolboy = git 0.1.8

Using rebar, put this in your rebar.config:

{deps, [
    {mysql_poolboy, ".*", {git, "",
                           {tag, "0.1.8"}}}


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