Enable and download server slow query logs of an Azure Database for MariaDB server using Azure CLI

This sample CLI script enables and downloads the slow query logs of a single Azure Database for MariaDB server.

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Sample script

In this sample script, edit the highlighted lines to update the admin username and password to your own. Replace the <log_file_name> in the az monitor commands with your own server log file name.


# Create a resource group
az group create \
--name myresourcegroup  \
--location westus

# Create a MariaDB server in the resource group
# Name of a server maps to DNS name and is thus required to be globally unique in Azure
# Substitute the <server_admin_password> with your own value
az mariadb server create \
--name mydemoserver \
--resource-group myresourcegroup \
--location westus \
--admin-user myadmin \
--admin-password <server_admin_password> \
--sku-name GP_Gen5_2 \

# List the configuration options for review
az mariadb server configuration list \
--resource-group myresourcegroup  \
--server mydemoserver

# Turn on statement level log
az mariadb server configuration set \
--name log_statement \
--resource-group myresourcegroup \
--server mydemoserver \
--value all

# Set log_min_duration_statement time to 10 sec
az mariadb server configuration set \
--name log_min_duration_statement \
--resource-group myresourcegroup \
--server mydemoserver \
--value 10000

# List the available log files and direct to a text file
az mariadb server-logs list \
--resource-group myresourcegroup \
--server mydemoserver > log_files_list.txt

# Download log file from Azure 
# Review log_files_list.txt to find the server log file name for the desired timeframe
# Substitute the <log_file_name> with your server log file name
# Creates the postgresql-<date>_000000.log file in the current command line path
az mariadb server-logs download \
--name <log_file_name> \
--resource-group myresourcegroup \
--server mydemoserver

Clean up deployment

Use the following command to remove the resource group and all resources associated with it after the script has been run.

az group delete --name myresourcegroup

Script explanation

This script uses the commands outlined in the following table:

Command Notes
az group create Creates a resource group in which all resources are stored.
az mariadb server create Creates a MariaDB server that hosts the databases.
az mariadb server configuration list List the configuration values for a server.
az mariadb server configuration set Update the configuration of a server.
az mariadb server-logs list List log files for a server.
az mariadb server-logs download Download log files.
az group delete Deletes a resource group including all nested resources.

Next steps