About the Askmonty.org Knowledgebase

The AskMonty Knowledgebase is a repository for all MariaDB related information as well as information about MySQL®.

Anyone can start contributing right away by either registering for a new account by logging in with an existing OpenID. Once you are logged in you can ask questions, edit pages, or create new pages. See the How it Works section (below) to get started.


The AskMonty Knowledgebase exists to document and answer frequently asked questions (FAQs) about MariaDB and MySQL.

The Knowledgebase serves as the primary documentation for the open source database MariaDB. Where possible, all content is dual-licensed under the Creative Commons By Attribution Share Alike clause, and the GFDL. Some content (e.g. the content from the MariaDB source code and man pages) is used and licensed under the terms of the GPLv2. [1]

It is laid out in a tree structure. When a user has a question, they are encouraged to navigate the Knowledgebase tree to where they think the answer should be. If the answer is not there, the user can ask a question from that page. If the answer exists somewhere else in the Knowledgebase, the answer to the question is linked to the page the user went to. If the answer doesn't exist, members of the MariaDB community answer it. The answer to the user's question will then be in a good (and hopefully logical) location ready for the next time a user visits the Knowledgebase with the same question.

The goal is for the Knowledgebase to be a replacement for Forums, Email lists (when asking for help), a Bug system, FAQ, and the MySQL / MariaDB manual.

Back story

Why is it called the AskMonty Knowledgebase? Quite simply this is because the creator of the MySQL database is Michael Widenius, and his nickname for the longest time has been Monty. So the Knowledgebase is a way to ask Monty questions and get answers. Monty spends most of his time on MariaDB development, but he takes time out from his busy schedule to answer questions and write articles here. Other Monty Program developers also contribute to the Knowledgebase on a regular basis.


The KB is written in Django with a MariaDB backend. The KB code is planned to be released as GPL as soon as it's stabilizes.


The Contributing to the AskMonty Knowledgebase page has information on how you can help make this Knowledgebase better.

Contribution statistics from all users can be viewed here: http://kb.askmonty.org/stats/users/


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