What does NB stand for, with regard to innodb_log_file_size and 2G?

This question is in reference to Atlassian Documentation: Database Setup For MySQL

Near the bottom of step 3 here: https://confluence.atlassian.com/doc/database-setup-for-mysql-128747.html#DatabaseSetupForMySQL-Step3.ConfigureMySQLServer

it is noted that, "NB: This should be set to at least 2G for MySQL 5.6 and above."

What does the abbreviation NB stand for in this case?

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Chuck Talk Atlassian Team Feb 09, 2016

N.B. is an abbreviation for Nota Bene, the plural form of a Latin phrase meaning "note well". In other words, take heed to this advice.

I do hope that helps.


Chuck Talk

I surmise it may be "Nota Bene" - please confirm, and if correct please consider clarification, as NB is non-standard nomenclature.

NB is widely used in English documentation, it's not non-standard.  (A faintly archaic notation I'd say, but I like it, it goes well with my over-use of i.e. and e.g.)

I guess I don't read enough documentation. My point is that myself and 4 other intelligent professionals scratched our heads about the meaning of NB for longer than I care to admit. The use of an archaic notation, while quaint, adds nothing to the clarity and would be much improved if the documentation simply omitted the notation, or replaced it with the easy-to-understand english language phrase "Please Note:". wink

I am not sure that NB is either non-standard or archaic.  What other abbreviation would one use?  It's also not uncommon... my office cleaning ladies knew what it meant.  Perhaps it's an English thing. =)

  • I type this message at 7:48 PM.   PM is a Latin abbreviation. 
  • The year is 2016 AD.  Another Latin abbreviation.


Ooops..  "etc" is yet another Latin abbreviation.

By the way...  typing "NB" into Wikipedia search will lead you to the definition.

There's a 100 percent chance that I am now off-topic Re innodb_log_file_size.   Yikes.. another two Latin abbreviations.

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