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.
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... 126.96.36.199 Connecting to www.maatkit.org|188.8.131.52|: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|184.108.40.206|: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.