Get Maatkit fast from the command lineWed, May 21, 2008 in Databases Open Source
I have been using Maatkit in a different way since I joined Percona as a consultant. When I’m working on a system now, it’s a new, unfamiliar system – not one where I have already installed my favorite programs. And that means I want to grab my favorite productivity tools fast.
I intentionally wrote the Maatkit tools so they don’t need to be “installed.” You just run them, that’s all. But I never made them easy to download.
I fixed that. Now, at the command line, you can just run this:
Now it’s ready to run. Behind the scenes are some Apache mod_rewrite rules, a Perl script or two, and Subversion. When you do this, you’re getting the latest code from Subversion’s trunk. (I like to run on the bleeding edge. Releases are for people who want to install stuff.)
Because there’s some Perl magic behind it, I made it even easier – it does pattern-matching on partial names and Does The Right Thing:
baron@kanga:~$ wget http://www.maatkit.org/get/sync --21:38:50-- http://www.maatkit.org/get/sync => `sync' Resolving www.maatkit.org... 220.127.116.11 Connecting to www.maatkit.org|18.104.22.168|:80... connected. HTTP request sent, awaiting response... 302 Moved Location: http://www.maatkit.org/get/mk-table-sync [following] --21:38:50-- http://www.maatkit.org/get/mk-table-sync => `mk-table-sync' Connecting to www.maatkit.org|22.214.171.124|:80... connected. HTTP request sent, awaiting response... 200 OK Length: unspecified [application/x-perl] [ <=> ] 163,259 136.51K/s 21:38:51 (136.13 KB/s) - `mk-table-sync' saved 
The redirection is there because otherwise wget will save the file under the name ‘sync’ instead of ‘mk-table-sync’.
And if you’ve forgotten which tools exist, you can just click on over to http://www.maatkit.org/get/ and see.
A quick poll: instead of getting the latest trunk, should this give you the code from the last release? I can do that, if you want.
 OK, it’s only refreshed every hour. So you’re getting code that’s up to an hour old.
 update: now /get/foo gets the latest release, and /trunk/foo gets the latest trunk code.
I'm Baron Schwartz, the founder and CEO of VividCortex. I am the author of High Performance MySQL and many open-source tools for performance analysis, monitoring, and system administration. I contribute to various database communities such as Oracle, PostgreSQL, Redis and MongoDB.