MySQL Enterprise Backup User`s Guide (Version 3.12.0)

MySQL Enterprise Backup User`s Guide (Version 3.12.0)
MySQL Enterprise Backup User's Guide (Version
3.12.0)
Abstract
This is the User's Guide for the MySQL Enterprise Backup product. This manual describes the procedures to back up
and restore MySQL databases. It covers techniques for minimizing time and storage overhead during backups, and
to keep the database available during backup operations. It illustrates the features and syntax of the mysqlbackup
command, for example, how to back up selected databases or tables, how to back up only the changes since a
previous backup, and how to transfer the backup data efficiently to a different server.
For notes detailing the changes in each release, see the MySQL Enterprise Backup 3.12 Release Notes.
For legal information, see the Legal Notices.
Document generated on: 2015-03-17 (revision: 5563)
Table of Contents
Preface and Legal Notices ................................................................................................................ ix
I Getting Started with MySQL Enterprise Backup ................................................................................. 1
1 Introduction to MySQL Enterprise Backup ................................................................................ 5
1.1 Types of Backups ........................................................................................................ 5
1.2 The mysqlbackup Client ............................................................................................... 5
1.3 Overview of Backup Performance and Capacity Considerations ...................................... 6
1.4 Files that Are Backed Up ............................................................................................. 7
1.5 Overview of Restoring a Database .............................................................................. 17
2 Installing MySQL Enterprise Backup ...................................................................................... 19
3 What's New in MySQL Enterprise Backup 3.12? ..................................................................... 21
II Using MySQL Enterprise Backup ................................................................................................... 23
4 Backing Up a Database Server ............................................................................................. 27
4.1 Before the First Backup .............................................................................................. 27
4.1.1 Collect Database Information ........................................................................... 27
4.1.2 Grant MySQL Privileges to Backup Administrator .............................................. 28
4.1.3 Designate a Location for Backup Data .............................................................. 29
4.2 The Typical Backup / Verify / Restore Cycle ................................................................ 29
4.2.1 Backing Up an Entire MySQL Instance ............................................................. 30
4.2.2 Verifying a Backup .......................................................................................... 32
4.2.3 Restoring a Database at its Original Location .................................................... 32
4.3 Backup Scenarios and Examples ................................................................................ 34
4.3.1 Making a Full Backup ...................................................................................... 34
4.3.2 Making a Differential or Incremental Backup ..................................................... 35
4.3.3 Making a Compressed Backup ......................................................................... 39
4.3.4 Making a Partial Backup .................................................................................. 40
4.3.5 Making a Single-File Backup ............................................................................ 44
4.3.6 Making an Optimistic Backup ........................................................................... 49
4.3.7 Making a Back Up of In-Memory Database Data ............................................... 50
4.3.8 Making Scheduled Backups ............................................................................. 50
5 Recovering or Restoring a Database ..................................................................................... 53
5.1 Preparing the Backup to be Restored .......................................................................... 53
5.2 Performing a Restore Operation ................................................................................. 54
5.2.1 Restoring a Compressed Backup ..................................................................... 55
5.2.2 Restoring an Encrypted Backup Image ............................................................. 56
5.2.3 Restoring an Incremental Backup ..................................................................... 56
5.2.4 Restoring Backups Created with the --use-tts Option .................................... 57
5.2.5 Restoring a Backup from Cloud Storage to a MySQL Server .............................. 58
5.3 Point-in-Time Recovery from a Hot Backup ................................................................. 58
5.4 Restoring a Backup with a Database Upgrade or Downgrade ....................................... 59
6 Using MySQL Enterprise Backup with Replication .................................................................. 61
6.1 Setting Up a New Replication Slave ............................................................................ 61
6.2 Backing up and Restoring a Slave Database ............................................................... 62
6.3 Restoring a Master Database ..................................................................................... 62
7 Performance Considerations for MySQL Enterprise Backup ..................................................... 65
7.1 Optimizing Backup Performance ................................................................................. 65
7.2 Optimizing Restore Performance ................................................................................. 68
8 Encryption for Backups ......................................................................................................... 71
9 Using MySQL Enterprise Backup with Media Management Software (MMS) Products ................ 73
9.1 Backing Up to Tape with Oracle Secure Backup .......................................................... 73
10 Troubleshooting for MySQL Enterprise Backup ..................................................................... 75
10.1 Monitoring Backups with MySQL Enterprise Monitor ................................................... 75
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10.2 Error codes of MySQL Enterprise Backup .................................................................. 75
10.3 Working Around Corruption Problems ........................................................................ 75
10.4 Using the MySQL Enterprise Backup Logs ................................................................ 76
10.5 Using the MySQL Enterprise Backup Manifest ........................................................... 78
III mysqlbackup Command Reference ............................................................................................ 79
11 mysqlbackup .................................................................................................................... 83
12 mysqlbackup commands ................................................................................................... 85
12.1 Backup Operations ................................................................................................... 85
12.2 Apply-Log Operations ............................................................................................... 86
12.3 Restore Operations .................................................................................................. 87
12.4 Validation Operations ............................................................................................... 89
12.5 Single-File Backup Operations .................................................................................. 90
13 mysqlbackup Command-Line Options ................................................................................ 93
13.1 Standard Options ..................................................................................................... 98
13.2 Connection Options .................................................................................................. 99
13.3 Server Repository Options ...................................................................................... 101
13.4 Backup Repository Options ..................................................................................... 103
13.5 Metadata Options ................................................................................................... 107
13.6 Compression Options ............................................................................................. 108
13.7 Incremental Backup Options ................................................................................... 109
13.8 Partial Backup and Restore Options ........................................................................ 111
13.9 Single-File Backup Options ..................................................................................... 117
13.10 Performance / Scalability / Capacity Options ........................................................... 119
13.11 Message Logging Options ..................................................................................... 126
13.12 Progress Report Options ....................................................................................... 127
13.13 Encryption Options ............................................................................................... 130
13.14 Cloud Storage Options .......................................................................................... 131
13.15 Options for Special Backup Types ......................................................................... 133
14 Configuration Files and Parameters ................................................................................... 135
IV Appendixes ............................................................................................................................... 137
A Frequently Asked Questions for MySQL Enterprise Backup ................................................... 141
B MySQL Enterprise Backup Limitations ................................................................................. 143
B.1 Limitations of MySQL Enterprise Backup ................................................................... 143
C Compatibility Information for MySQL Enterprise Backup ........................................................ 145
C.1 Cross-Platform Compatibility ..................................................................................... 145
C.2 Compatibility with MySQL Versions ........................................................................... 145
C.3 Compatibility with Older MySQL Enterprise Backup ................................................... 145
C.4 Compatibility Notes for Specific MySQL Versions ...................................................... 145
D MySQL Enterprise Backup Release Notes ........................................................................... 147
E Licenses for Third-Party Components .................................................................................. 149
E.1 RegEX-Spencer Library License ............................................................................... 149
E.2 zlib License ............................................................................................................. 149
E.3 LZ4 License ............................................................................................................. 150
E.4 Percona Multiple I/O Threads Patch License ............................................................. 151
E.5 Google SMP Patch License ...................................................................................... 151
E.6 Google Controlling Master Thread I/O Rate Patch License ......................................... 152
E.7 RFC 3174 - US Secure Hash Algorithm 1 (SHA1) License .......................................... 152
E.8 OpenSSL v1.0 License ............................................................................................ 153
E.9 cURL (libcurl) License .............................................................................................. 154
MySQL Enterprise Backup Glossary ....................................................................................... 157
Index ............................................................................................................................................. 169
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List of Tables
1.1 Files in a MySQL Enterprise Backup Output Directory ................................................................... 7
4.1 Information Needed to Back Up a Database ................................................................................ 27
13.1 List of All Options .................................................................................................................... 93
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List of Examples
4.1 Making an Uncompressed Partial Backup of InnoDB Tables ......................................................... 43
4.2 Making a Compressed Partial Backup ......................................................................................... 43
4.3 Single-File Backup to Absolute Path ........................................................................................... 45
4.4 Single-File Backup to Relative Path ............................................................................................ 45
4.5 Single-File Backup to Standard Output ........................................................................................ 45
4.6 Convert Existing Backup Directory to Single Image ...................................................................... 45
4.7 Extract Existing Image to Backup Directory ................................................................................. 45
4.8 List Single-File Backup Contents ................................................................................................ 45
4.9 Validate a Single-File Backup ..................................................................................................... 45
4.10 Extract Single-File Backup into Current Directory ....................................................................... 45
4.11 Extract Single-File Backup into a Backup Directory .................................................................... 46
4.12 Selective Extract of Single File ................................................................................................. 46
4.13 Selective Extract of Single Directory .......................................................................................... 46
4.14 Dealing with Absolute Path Names ........................................................................................... 46
4.15 Single-File Backup to a Remote Host ........................................................................................ 47
4.16 Single-file Backup to a Remote MySQL Server .......................................................................... 47
4.17 Stream a Backup Directory to a Remote MySQL Server ............................................................. 47
4.18 Creating a Cloud Backup on Amazon S3 .................................................................................. 48
4.19 Creating a Cloud Backup on an OpenStack Object Storage ........................................................ 48
4.20 Extract an Existing Image from Amazon S3 Cloud Storage to Backup Directory ............................ 48
4.21 Optimistic Backup Using the Option optimistic-time=YYMMDDHHMMSS .................................. 49
4.22 Optimistic Backup Using the Option optimistic-time=now .................................................... 50
4.23 Optimistic Backup Using the optimistic-busy-tables Option .............................................. 50
4.24 Optimistic and Partial Backup Using both the optimistic-busy-tables and optimistictime Options .................................................................................................................................. 50
5.1 Applying the Log to a Backup ..................................................................................................... 53
5.2 Applying the Log to a Compressed Backup ................................................................................. 54
5.3 Applying an Incremental Backup to a Full Backup ........................................................................ 54
5.4 Shutting Down and Restoring a Database ................................................................................... 54
5.5 Restoring a Backup Directory using copy-back-and-apply-log .............................................. 55
5.6 Restoring a Single-file Backup using copy-back-and-apply-log ............................................. 55
5.7 Restoring a Compressed Backup ................................................................................................ 55
5.8 Restoring an Encrypted Backup Image ....................................................................................... 56
5.9 Restoring an Incremental Backup Image ..................................................................................... 56
5.10 Restoring Selected Tables from a TTS Backup .......................................................................... 57
5.11 Restoring and Renaming a Table from a TTS Backup ................................................................ 57
5.12 Restoring a Single-file Backup from Amazon S3 to a MySQL Server ........................................... 58
5.13 Restoring a Single-file Backup from an OpenStack Object Storage to a MySQL Server ................. 58
9.1 Sample mysqlbackup Commands Using MySQL Enterprise Backup with Oracle Secure Backup
........................................................................................................................................................ 74
12.1 Apply Log to Full Backup ......................................................................................................... 86
14.1 Example backup-my.cnf file ................................................................................................ 135
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MySQL Enterprise Backup
Table of Contents
1 Introduction to MySQL Enterprise Backup ........................................................................................ 5
1.1 Types of Backups ................................................................................................................ 5
1.2 The mysqlbackup Client ....................................................................................................... 5
1.3 Overview of Backup Performance and Capacity Considerations .............................................. 6
1.4 Files that Are Backed Up ..................................................................................................... 7
1.5 Overview of Restoring a Database ...................................................................................... 17
2 Installing MySQL Enterprise Backup .............................................................................................. 19
3 What's New in MySQL Enterprise Backup 3.12? ............................................................................ 21
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Chapter 1 Introduction to MySQL Enterprise Backup
The MySQL Enterprise Backup product performs backup operations for MySQL data. It can back up all
kinds of MySQL tables. It has special optimizations for fast and convenient backups of InnoDB tables.
Because of the speed of InnoDB backups, and the reliability and scalability features of InnoDB tables, we
recommend that you use InnoDB tables for your most important data.
This book describes the best practices regarding MySQL backups and documents how to use MySQL
Enterprise Backup features to implement these practices. This book teaches you:
• Why backups are important.
• The files that make up a MySQL database and the roles they play.
• How to keep the database running during a backup.
• How to minimize the time, CPU overhead, and storage overhead for a backup job. Often, minimizing one
of these aspects increases another.
• How to restore your data when disaster strikes. You learn how to verify backups and practice recovery,
so that you can stay calm and confident under pressure.
• Other ways to use backup data for day-to-day administration and in deploying new servers.
1.1 Types of Backups
The various kinds of backup techniques are classified on a scale ranging from hot (the most desirable) to
cold (the most disruptive). Your goal is to keep the database system, and associated applications and web
sites, operating and responsive while the backup is in progress.
Hot backups are performed while the database is running. This type of backup does not block normal
database operations. It captures even changes that occur while the backup is happening. For these
reasons, hot backups are desirable when your database “grows up”: when the data is large enough that
the backup takes significant time, and when your data is important enough to your business so that you
must capture every last change, without taking your application, web site, or web service offline.
MySQL Enterprise Backup does a hot backup of all InnoDB tables. MyISAM and other non-InnoDB tables
are backed up last, using the warm backup technique: the database continues to run, but the system is in a
read-only state during that phase of the backup.
You can also perform cold backups while the database is stopped. To avoid service disruption, you would
typically perform such a backup from a replication slave, which can be stopped without taking down the
entire application or web site.
Points to Remember
To back up as much data as possible during the hot backup phase, you can designate InnoDB as the
default storage engine for new tables, or convert existing tables to use the InnoDB storage engine. (In
MySQL 5.5 and higher, InnoDB is now the default storage engine for new tables.)
During hot and warm backups, information about the structure of the database is retrieved automatically
through a database connection. For a cold backup, you must specify file locations through configuration
files or command-line options.
1.2 The mysqlbackup Client
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When using the MySQL Enterprise Backup product, you primarily work with the mysqlbackup client.
Use it to perform different types of backup and restore operations, as well as tasks that are otherwise
performed by backup scripts, such as creating a timestamped subdirectory for each backup, compressing
the backup data, and packing the backup data into a single file for easy transfer to another server.
For information about the various mysqlbackup commands and command-line options, see Part III,
“mysqlbackup Command Reference”.
1.3 Overview of Backup Performance and Capacity Considerations
In your backup strategy, performance and storage space are key aspects. You want the backup to
complete quickly, with little CPU overhead on the database server. You also want the backup data to be
compact, so you can keep multiple backups on hand to restore at a moment's notice. Transferring the
backup data to a different system should be quick and convenient. All of these aspects are controlled by
options of the mysqlbackup command.
Sometimes you must balance the different kinds of overhead -- CPU cycles, storage space, and network
traffic. Always be aware how much time it takes to restore the data during planned maintenance or when
disaster strikes. For example, here are factors to consider for some of the key MySQL Enterprise Backup
features:
• Parallel backups are the default in MySQL Enterprise Backup 3.8, a major performance improvement
over earlier MySQL Enterprise Backup releases. The read, process and write are the primary suboperations of all MEB operations. For example, in a backup operation, MySQL Enterprise Backup first
reads the data from the disk, then processes this data, writes the data to disk, and reads the data again
for verification. MySQL Enterprise Backup ensures that these sub-operations are independent of each
other and run in parallel to gain performance improvement. Read, process and write sub-operations are
performed in parallel using multiple threads of the same kind: multiple read threads, multiple process
threads, and multiple write threads, resulting in better performance. The performance improvement is
typically greater when RAID arrays are used as both source and target devices, and for compressed
backups which can use more CPU cycles in parallel.
Parallel backup employs block-level parallelism, using blocks of 16MB. Different threads can read,
process, and write different 16MB chunks within a single file. Parallel backup improves the performance
of operations whether the instance contains a single huge system tablespace, or many smaller
tablespaces (represented by .ibd files created in the innodb_file_per_table mode.
• Incremental backups are faster than full backups, save storage space on the database server, and
save on network traffic to transfer the backup data on a different server. Incremental backup requires
additional processing to make the backup ready to restore, which you can perform on a different system
to minimize CPU overhead on the database server.
• Compressed backups save on storage space for InnoDB tables, and network traffic to transfer the
backup data on a different server. They do impose more CPU overhead than uncompressed backups.
During restore, you need the compressed and uncompressed data at the same time, so take into
account this additional storage space and the time to uncompress the data.
In addition to compressing data within InnoDB tables, compressed backups also skip unused space
within InnoDB tablespace files. Uncompressed backups include this unused space.
• When space is limited, or you have a storage device such as tape that is cheap, large, but also slow, the
performance and space considerations are different. Rather than aiming for the fastest possible backup,
you want to avoid storing an intermediate copy of the backup data on the database server. MySQL
Enterprise Backup can produce a single-file backup and stream that file directly to the other server
or device. Since the backup data is never saved to the local system, you avoid the space overhead
on the database server. You also avoid the performance overhead of saving a set of backup files and
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then bundling them into an archive for transport to another server or storage device. For details, see
Section 4.3.5.1, “Streaming the Backup Data to Another Device or Server”.
When streaming backup data to tape, you typically do not compress the backup, because the CPU
overhead on the database server to do the compression is more expensive than the additional storage
space on the tape device. When streaming backup data to another server, you might compress on
the original server or the destination server depending on which server has more spare CPU capacity
and how much network traffic the compression could save. Or, you might leave the backup data
uncompressed on the destination server so that it is ready to be restored on short notice.
For disaster recovery, when speed to restore the data is critical, you might prefer to have critical backup
data already prepared and uncompressed, so that the restore operation involves as few steps as possible.
It is during a disaster recovery that speed is most critical. For example, although a logical backup
performed with the mysqldump command might take about the same time as a physical backup with (at
least for a small database), the MySQL Enterprise Backup restore operation is typically faster. Copying the
actual data files back to the data directory skips the overhead of inserting rows and updating indexes that
comes from replaying the SQL statements from mysqldump output.
To minimize any impact on server performance on Linux and Unix systems, MySQL Enterprise
Backup writes the backup data without storing it in the operating system's disk cache, by using the
posix_fadvise() system call. This technique minimizes any slowdown following the backup operation,
by preventing frequently accessed data from being flushed from the disk cache by the large one-time read
operation for the backup data.
For more on techniques and tradeoffs involving backup and restore performance, see Chapter 7,
Performance Considerations for MySQL Enterprise Backup.
1.4 Files that Are Backed Up
DBA and development work typically involves logical structures such as tables, rows, columns, the data
dictionary, and so on. For backups, you must understand the physical details of how these structures are
represented by files.
Table 1.1 Files in a MySQL Enterprise Backup Output Directory
File Name, Pattern, or Extension Relation to Original Data Files
Notes
ibdata*
The InnoDB system tablespace,
Because the original files might
containing multiple InnoDB tables change while the backup is in
and associated indexes.
progress, the apply-log step
applies the same changes to the
corresponding backup files.
*.ibd
InnoDB file-per-table tablespaces, Used for tables created using
each containing a single InnoDB the innodb_file_per_table
table and associated indexes.
option. Because the original files
might change while the backup
is in progress, the apply-log step
applies the same changes to the
corresponding backup files.
*.ibz
Compressed form of InnoDB
data files from the MySQL data
directory.
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Produced instead of .ibd files
in a compressed backup. The
ibdata* files representing
the InnoDB system tablespace
also receive this extension in a
compressed backup.
Files that Are Backed Up
File Name, Pattern, or Extension Relation to Original Data Files
Notes
The .ibz files are uncompressed
during the apply-log or copyback-and-apply-log step.
*.frm
Hold metadata about all MySQL
tables.
The database is put into a readonly state while these files are
copied. These files are copied
without changes.
*.MYD
MyISAM table data.
The database is put into a readonly state while these files are
copied. These files are copied
without changes.
*.MYI
MyISAM index data.
The database is put into a readonly state while these files are
copied. These files are copied
without changes.
*.CSM
Metadata for CSV tables.
These files are copied without
changes. The backup_history
and backup_progress tables
created by mysqlbackup use
the CSV format, so the backup
always includes some files with
this extension.
*.CSV
Data for CSV tables.
These files are copied without
changes. The backup_history
and backup_progress tables
created by mysqlbackup use
the CSV format, so the backup
always includes some files with
this extension.
*.MRG
MERGE storage engine
references to other tables.
The database is put into a readonly state while these files are
copied. These files are copied
without changes.
*.TRG
Trigger parameters.
The database is put into a readonly state while these files are
copied. These files are copied
without changes.
*.TRN
Trigger namespace information.
The database is put into a readonly state while these files are
copied. These files are copied
without changes.
*.opt
Database configuration
information.
The database is put into a readonly state while these files are
copied. These files are copied
without changes.
*.par
Definitions for partitioned tables.
The database is put into a readonly state while these files are
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File Name, Pattern, or Extension Relation to Original Data Files
Notes
copied. These files are copied
without changes.
*.ARM
Archive storage engine metadata. The database is put into a readonly state while these files are
copied. These files are copied
without changes.
*.ARZ
Archive storage engine data.
backup-my.cnf
Records the configuration
Used in restore operations to
parameters that specify the layout reproduce the same layout as
of the MySQL data files.
when the backup was taken.
ibbackup_ibd_files
Records names of the .ibd files
and their space IDs during an
incremental backup.
This file is created during an
incremental backup. During a
restore, the information in the
file is used to delete the tables
from the full backup that has been
removed between the time of the
full backup and the time of the
incremental backup.
ibbackup_logfile
A condensed version of the
ib_logfile* files from the
MySQL data directory.
The InnoDB log files
(ib_logfile*) are fixed-size
files that are continuously updated
during the database's operation.
For backup purposes, only the
changes that are committed
while the backup is in progress
are needed. These changes are
recorded in ibbackup_logfile,
and used to re-create the
ib_logfile* files during the
apply-log phase.
ibbackup_redo_log_only
Created instead of the
ibbackup_logfile for
incremental backups taken with
the --incremental-withredo-log-only option.
ib_logfile*
Created in the backup directory by These files are not copied from
mysqlbackup during the apply- the original data directory, but
log phase after the initial backup. rather re-created in the backup
directory during the apply-log
phase after the initial backup,
using the changes recorded in the
ibbackup_logfile file.
*.bl
Renamed version of each .isl file
from the backed-up server.
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The database is put into a readonly state while these files are
copied. These files are copied
without changes.
A .isl file is created when you
specify the location of an InnoDB
table using the syntax CREATE
TABLE ... DATA DIRECTORY
Files that Are Backed Up
File Name, Pattern, or Extension Relation to Original Data Files
Notes
= ..., to act like a symbolic
link pointing to the tablespace
file. (See Creating a File-PerTable Tablespace Outside the
Data Directory for details.) The
.bl files might or might not be
turned back into .isl files during
the copy-back operation. If the
specified directory does not exist
on the server where the backup is
restored, mysqlbackup attempts
to create it. If the directory cannot
be created, the restore operation
fails. Thus, if you would like to use
the DATA DIRECTORY clause to
put tables at different locations
or to restore to a server with
a different file structure where
the corresponding directories
cannot be created, edit the .bl
files before restoring to point to
directories that do exist on the
destination server.
If the directory on the target
server pointed to by a .bl file
already contains .ibd files, the -force [99] option is required
when you restore the backup.
Timestamped directory, such as
2011-05-26_13-42-02
Created by the --withUse the --with-timestamp
timestamp option. All the backup option to easily keep more than
files go inside this subdirectory.
one set of backup data under the
same main backup directory.
datadir directory
A subdirectory that stores the data Created under the backup
files and database subdirectories directory by mysqlbackup.
from the original MySQL instance.
binary log files
Binary log files from the server,
which are included in a backup
by default. They allow a snapshot
of the server to be taken, so a
server can be cloned to its exact
state. Using a full backup as a
basis, the binary log files that
are included with an incremental
backup can be used for a pointin-time recovery (PITR), which
restores a database to its state
at a certain point in time after the
last full backup. See Section 5.3,
“Point-in-Time Recovery from a
Hot Backup” for details.
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Saved under the datadir
directory under the backup
directory. Use the --skipbinlog option to exclude binary
logs in the backup. For MySQL
5.5, as well as all offline backups,
use the --log-bin-index
option to specify the absolute path
of the index file on the MySQL
server that lists all the used binary
log files, if it is different from the
default value of the option, for
mysqlbackup to find the binary
log files and include them in the
backups. The index file itself is
Files that Are Backed Up
File Name, Pattern, or Extension Relation to Original Data Files
Notes
included into the backup under the
datadir directory.
The binary log files are
compressed and saved with
the .bz extension when being
included in a compressed backup.
The binary log files and the
index file, when included in a
backup, are always copied into the
restored server's data directory
during a restore operation. Use
the --skip-binlog option to
skip the restoring of the binary log.
relay log files
Relay log files from a slave server,
which are included in a backup
of a slave server by default. Their
inclusion saves the time and
resources required for fetching the
relay logs from the master when
the slave is being restored.
Saved under the datadir
directory under the backup
directory. Use the --skiprelaylog option to exclude
relay logs in the backup. For
offline backup, use the --relaylog-index option to specify the
absolute path of the index file
on the MySQL server that lists
all the used relay log files, if it is
different from the default value
of the option, for mysqlbackup
to find the relay log files and
include them in the backups. The
index file itself is included into
the backup under the datadir
directory.
The relay log files are compressed
and saved with the .bz extension
when being included in a
compressed backup.
The relay log files and the index
file, when included in a backup,
are always copied into the
restored server's data directory
during a restore operation. Use
the --skip-relaylog option to
skip the restoring of the relay log.
*.bz
Compressed binary log or relay
log files.
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The binary log and relay log files
are compressed and saved with
the .bz extension when being
included in a compressed backup.
They are decompressed during a
restore.
Files that Are Backed Up
File Name, Pattern, or Extension Relation to Original Data Files
Notes
slave status log files
Saved under the datadir
directory under the backup
directory. For an offline backup,
use the--master-info-file
and --relaylog-info-file
options to specify the absolute
paths of the information files,
if they are different from the
default values of the options, for
mysqlbackup to find those files
and include them in the backups.
Usually named master.info
and relay-log.info, they are
included by default in a backup of
a slave database in a replication
setup. See Slave Status Logs, for
details.
The copying of these files are
skipped during a backup or
a restore when the --skiprelay-log option is used.
Backup image file
A single-file backup produced by
the backup-to-image option,
with a name specified by the -backup-image option.
If your backup data directory
consists only of zero-byte files,
with a single giant data file in the
top-level directory, you have a
single-file backup. You can move
the image file without losing or
damaging the contents inside it,
then unpack it with mysqlbackup
using the extract option and
specifying the same image name
with the --backup-image
option. Although some extra files
such as backup-my.cnf and the
meta subdirectory are present in
the backup directory, these files
are also included in the image
file and do not need to be moved
along with it.
Any other files in the database
Copied from the database
subdirectories under the datadir subdirectories under the MySQL
directory (that is, under backup- data directory.
dir/datadir/data-basename)
By default, any unrecognized files
in the database subdirectories
under the MySQL data directory
are copied to the backup. To omit
such files, specify the --onlyknown-file-types option.
meta directory
A subdirectory that stores files
with metadata about the backup.
Created under the backup
directory by mysqlbackup. All
files listed below go inside the
meta subdirectory.
backup_variables.txt
Holds important information
about the backup. For use by
mysqlbackup only.
mysqlbackup consults and
possibly updates this file during
operations after the initial backup,
such as the apply-log phase or the
restore phase.
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Files that Are Backed Up
File Name, Pattern, or Extension Relation to Original Data Files
Notes
image_files.xml
Contains the list of all the files
This file is not modified at any
(except itself) that are present in
stage once generated.
the single-file backup produced
by the backup-to-image or
backup-dir-to-image options.
For details about this file, see
Section 10.5, “Using the MySQL
Enterprise Backup Manifest”.
backup_create.xml
Lists the command line arguments
and environment in which the
backup was created. For details
about this file, see Section 10.5,
“Using the MySQL Enterprise
Backup Manifest”.
This file is not modified once
it is created. You can prevent
this file from being generated
by specifying the --disablemanifest option.
backup_content.xml
Essential metadata for the files
and database definitions of the
backup data. It also contains
details of all the plugins defined
on the backed-up server, by which
users should make sure the same
plugins are defined in the same
manner on the target server for
restoration. For details about
this file, see Section 10.5, “Using
the MySQL Enterprise Backup
Manifest”.
This file is not modified once
created. You can prevent this
file from being generated by
specifying the --disablemanifest option.
comments.txt
Produced by the --comments or
--comments-file option.
The comments are specified by
you to document the purpose or
special considerations for this
backup job.
gtid_executed.sql
Signifies the backup came from a
server with GTIDs enabled.
GTIDs are a replication feature
in MySQL 5.6 and higher.
See Replication with Global
Transaction Identifiers for details.
When you back up a server
with GTIDs enabled, the file
gtid_executed.sql is created
in the backup directory. Edit and
execute this file after restoring the
backup data on a slave server.
server-my.cnf
Contains values of the backed-up
server's global variables that are
set to non-default values. Use this
file or server-all.cnf to start
the target server for restoration.
During a copy-back or copyback-and-apply-log
operation, the server repository
options values (e.g., --datadir,
--innodb_data_home_dir,
etc.) in the file are modified if
the command makes changes
to them through the command
options. However, during an
apply-incremental-backup
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Files that Are Backed Up
File Name, Pattern, or Extension Relation to Original Data Files
Notes
operation, the values already
saved in the file take precedence
and they are not modified by the
option values supplied through the
command.
Warning
When
using
the file
to restart
the target
server,
change
parameters
like -tmpdir,
-generallog, etc.,
and any
global
variable
that
uses an
absolute
filepath to
avoid the
accidental
usage
of the
wrong file
locations
by the
target
server.
server-all.cnf
Contains values of all the global
variables of the backed-up server.
Use this file or server-my.cnf
to start the target server for
restoration.
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During a copy-back or copyback-and-apply-log
operation, the server repository
options values (e.g., --datadir,
--innodb_data_home_dir,
etc.) in the file are modified if
the command makes changes
to them through the command
options. However, during an
apply-incremental-backup
operation, the values already
saved in the file take precedence
and they are not modified by the
option values supplied through the
command.
InnoDB Data
File Name, Pattern, or Extension Relation to Original Data Files
Notes
Warning
When
using
the file
to restart
the target
server,
change
parameters
like -tmpdir,
-generallog, etc.,
and any
global
variable
that
uses an
absolute
filepath to
avoid the
accidental
usage
of the
wrong file
locations
by the
target
server.
InnoDB Data
Data managed by the InnoDB storage engine is always backed up. The primary InnoDB-related data files
that are backed up include the ibdata* files (which represent the system tablespace and possibly the data
for some user tables), any .ibd files (which contains data from user tables created with the file-per-table
setting enabled), and the data extracted from the ib_logfile* files (the redo log information representing
changes that occur while the backup is running), which is stored in a new backup file ibbackup_logfile.
If you use the compressed backup feature, the .ibd files are renamed in their compressed form to .ibz
files.
The files, as they are originally copied, form a raw backup that requires further processing before it is
ready to be restored. You then run the apply step, which updates the backup files based on the changes
recorded in the ibbackup_logfile file, producing a prepared backup. At this point, the backup data
corresponds to a single point in time. The files are now ready to be restored to their original location, or for
some other use, such as testing, reporting, or deployment as a replication slave.
To restore InnoDB tables to their original state, you must also have the corresponding .frm files along with
the backup data. Otherwise, the table definitions could be missing or outdated if someone has run ALTER
TABLE or DROP TABLE statements since the backup. By default, mysqlbackup automatically copies the
.frm files during a backup operation and restores the files during a restore operation.
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Data from MyISAM and Other Storage Engines
Data from MyISAM and Other Storage Engines
mysqlbackup also backs up the .MYD files, .MYI files, and the .frm files associated with the MyISAM
tables. Files with other extensions that are backed up are shown in this list.
Note
While MySQL Enterprise Backup can back up non-InnoDB data (like MYISAM
tables), the MySQL server to be backed up must support InnoDB (i.e., the backup
process will fail if the server was started up with the --innodb=OFF or --skipinnodb option), and the server must contain at least one InnoDB table.
MyISAM tables and these other types of files cannot be backed up in the same non-blocking way as
InnoDB tables can. They are backed up using the warm backup technique: changes to these tables are
prevented while they are being backed up, possibly making the database unresponsive for a time, but no
shutdown is required during the backup.
Note
To avoid concurrency issues during backups of busy databases, you can use the
--only-innodb or --only-innodb-with-frm option to back up only InnoDB
tables and associated data.
Generated Files Included in the Backup
The backup data includes some new files that are produced during the backup process. These files are
used to control later tasks such as verifying and restoring the backup data. The files generated during the
backup process include:
• backup-my.cnf: Records the crucial configuration parameters that apply to the backup. These
parameter values are used during a restore operation, so that the original values are used regardless of
changes to your my.cnf file in the meantime.
• meta/backup_create.xml: Lists the command line arguments and environment in which the backup
was created.
• meta/backup_content.xml: Essential metadata for the files and database definitions of the backup
data.
• server-my.cnf: Contains values of the backed-up server's global variables that are set to non-default
values.
• server-all.cnf: Contains values of all the global variables of the backed-up server.
For details about all the files in the backup directory, see Table 1.1, “Files in a MySQL Enterprise Backup
Output Directory”.
Single-File Backups
Depending on your workflow, you might want to perform a single-file backup rather than a directory
backup, which produces a separate file for every file on the original server instance. A single-file backup
is easier to transfer to a different system, to compress, and to uncompress; it also helps to prevent the
situation in which individual files that form parts of a backup are deleted by mistake. It is just as fast as a
multi-file backup to do a full restore; restoring individual files can be slower than in a multi-file backup. For
instructions, see Section 4.3.5, “Making a Single-File Backup”.
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Overview of Restoring a Database
1.5 Overview of Restoring a Database
To initiate the restore process, you run the mysqlbackup client with the copy-back or the copy-backand-apply-log command. You can restore all the data for a MySQL server with multiple databases,
each containing multiple tables. Alternatively, you can also choose to restore selected databases, tables,
or both.
To repair a problem such as data corruption, you restore the data back to its original location on the
original server machine. You might restore to a different server machine or a different location to set up a
new replication slave with the data from a master server, or to clone a database for reporting purposes.
See Chapter 5, Recovering or Restoring a Database for instructions on restoring databases.
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Chapter 2 Installing MySQL Enterprise Backup
Install MySQL Enterprise Backup on each database server whose contents you intend to back up.
Typically, you perform all backup and restore operations locally, by running mysqlbackup on the same
server as the MySQL instance.
Optional: You can also install MySQL Enterprise Backup on computers other than the database server,
only to run mysqlbackup with the apply-log option. See Section 12.2, “Apply-Log Operations” for
information about bringing backup data to a separate server and running the “apply log” step there.
MySQL Enterprise Backup is packaged as either an archive file (.tgz, archived with tar and compressed
with gzip) or as a platform-specific installer.
Installing on Unix and Linux Systems
For all Linux and Unix systems, the product is available as a .tgz file. Unpack this file as follows:
tar xvzf package.tgz
mysqlbackup is unpacked into a subdirectory. You can either copy them into a system directory
(preserving their execute permission bits), or add to your $PATH setting the directory where you unpacked
it.
Note
On FreeBSD 10.1, there is a dependency for mysqlbackup on the shared library
libz.so.5, which can be installed on your system by installing, for example, the
compat8x libraries.
For certain Linux distributions, the product is also available as an RPM archive. When you install the RPM
using the command sudo rpm -i package_name.rpm, the mysqlbackup client is installed in the
directory /opt/mysql/meb-3.12. You must add this directory to your $PATH setting.
Installing on Windows Systems
The product can be installed together with other MySQL products with the MySQL Installer for Windows. It
can also be installed separately with either an individual .msi installer or .zip file.
When installing with a .msi installer, specify the installation location, preferably under the same directory
where other MySQL products have been installed. Choose the option Include directory in Windows
PATH, so that you can run mysqlbackup from any directory.
When installing with a .zip file, simply unzip the file and put mysqlbackup.exe at the desired
installation location. You can add that location to the %PATH% variable, so that you can run the
mysqlbackup client from any directory.
Verify the installation by selecting the menu item Start > Programs > MySQL Enterprise Backup 3.12 >
MySQL Enterprise Backup Command Line. The menu item displays version information and opens a
command prompt for running the mysqlbackup command.
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Chapter 3 What's New in MySQL Enterprise Backup 3.12?
This chapter highlights the new features in MySQL Enterprise Backup 3.12, as well as any significant
changes made to MySQL Enterprise Backup with the release of this series.
• Renaming a table restored from a TTS backup.
You can now rename a table when you restore
it from a backup created using transportable tablespace (TTS). See the description for the --rename
option for details.
• Support for OpenStack Object Storage.
MySQL Enterprise Backup now supports cloud backup
and restore using OpenStack Object Storage (“Swift”). MySQL Enterprise Backup supports the Swift
v1.0 API, and also the OpenStack Identity (Keystone) API v2.0 for authentication. Also supports
authentication using Swift's TempAuth system. A number of new command options have been
introduced to support OpenStack Object Storage; see Section 13.14, “Cloud Storage Options”, for
details.
• Binary and Relay Logs are now compressed when included in a compressed backup.
The
binary log file and relay log files (in the case of a slave server) are now compressed when they are being
included in a compressed backup and decompressed during a restore.
• Copying of the binary and relay Logs can now be skipped during a restore.
The --skipbinlog and --skip-relaylog options can now be used to skip the copying back of the binary
log and relay log onto a server during a restore. This is particularly useful for users who do not want
those logs appearing in the restored server's data directory, as that is always the location to which
mysqlbackup will restore them, regardless of their original locations on the backed-up server.
• Using the --force [99] option to overwrite server data during a restore.
The -force [99] option can now be used during the restore of a full backup to overwrite existing data in a
non-empty target directory. See the description of the --force [99] option for details.
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Part II Using MySQL Enterprise Backup
Table of Contents
4 Backing Up a Database Server .....................................................................................................
4.1 Before the First Backup ......................................................................................................
4.1.1 Collect Database Information ...................................................................................
4.1.2 Grant MySQL Privileges to Backup Administrator ......................................................
4.1.3 Designate a Location for Backup Data ......................................................................
4.2 The Typical Backup / Verify / Restore Cycle ........................................................................
4.2.1 Backing Up an Entire MySQL Instance .....................................................................
4.2.2 Verifying a Backup ..................................................................................................
4.2.3 Restoring a Database at its Original Location ............................................................
4.3 Backup Scenarios and Examples ........................................................................................
4.3.1 Making a Full Backup ..............................................................................................
4.3.2 Making a Differential or Incremental Backup .............................................................
4.3.3 Making a Compressed Backup .................................................................................
4.3.4 Making a Partial Backup ..........................................................................................
4.3.5 Making a Single-File Backup ....................................................................................
4.3.6 Making an Optimistic Backup ...................................................................................
4.3.7 Making a Back Up of In-Memory Database Data .......................................................
4.3.8 Making Scheduled Backups .....................................................................................
5 Recovering or Restoring a Database .............................................................................................
5.1 Preparing the Backup to be Restored .................................................................................
5.2 Performing a Restore Operation .........................................................................................
5.2.1 Restoring a Compressed Backup .............................................................................
5.2.2 Restoring an Encrypted Backup Image .....................................................................
5.2.3 Restoring an Incremental Backup .............................................................................
5.2.4 Restoring Backups Created with the --use-tts Option ...........................................
5.2.5 Restoring a Backup from Cloud Storage to a MySQL Server ......................................
5.3 Point-in-Time Recovery from a Hot Backup .........................................................................
5.4 Restoring a Backup with a Database Upgrade or Downgrade ...............................................
6 Using MySQL Enterprise Backup with Replication ..........................................................................
6.1 Setting Up a New Replication Slave ....................................................................................
6.2 Backing up and Restoring a Slave Database .......................................................................
6.3 Restoring a Master Database .............................................................................................
7 Performance Considerations for MySQL Enterprise Backup ............................................................
7.1 Optimizing Backup Performance .........................................................................................
7.2 Optimizing Restore Performance .........................................................................................
8 Encryption for Backups .................................................................................................................
9 Using MySQL Enterprise Backup with Media Management Software (MMS) Products .......................
9.1 Backing Up to Tape with Oracle Secure Backup ..................................................................
10 Troubleshooting for MySQL Enterprise Backup .............................................................................
10.1 Monitoring Backups with MySQL Enterprise Monitor ...........................................................
10.2 Error codes of MySQL Enterprise Backup ..........................................................................
10.3 Working Around Corruption Problems ................................................................................
10.4 Using the MySQL Enterprise Backup Logs ........................................................................
10.5 Using the MySQL Enterprise Backup Manifest ...................................................................
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Chapter 4 Backing Up a Database Server
This section explains the preparations you need for creating backups with MySQL Enterprise Backup,
the typical backup-verify-restore cycle, and the different backup scenaris for using MySQL Enterprise
Backup. It also includes sample commands and outputs, showing you how to use the mysqlbackup client
in different situations.
4.1 Before the First Backup
This section outlines some of the preparations needed before you can start working with MySQL Enterprise
Backup.
4.1.1 Collect Database Information
Before backing up a particular database server for the first time, gather some information and use it to
make some planning decisions, as outlined in the following table.
Table 4.1 Information Needed to Back Up a Database
Information to Gather
Where to Find It
How Used
Path to MySQL configuration file
Default system locations,
hardcoded application default
locations, or from the -defaults-file option in the
mysqld startup script.
This is the preferred way to
convey database configuration
information to mysqlbackup,
using the --defaults-file
option. When connection and data
layout information is available
from the configuration file, you
can skip most of the other choices
listed below.
MySQL port
MySQL configuration file or
mysqld startup script.
Used to connect to the database
instance during backup
operations. Specified via the -port option of mysqlbackup. -port is not needed if available
from MySQL configuration file.
Not needed when doing an cold
(offline) backup, which works
directly on the files using OS-level
file permissions.
Path to MySQL data directory
MySQL configuration file or
mysqld startup script.
Used to retrieve files from the
database instance during backup
operations, and to copy files
back to the database instance
during restore operations.
Automatically retrieved from
database connection for hot and
warm backups, and taken from
MySQL configuration file for cold
backups.
ID and password of privileged
MySQL user
You record this during installation
of your own databases, or get it
Specified via the --password
option of the mysqlbackup.
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Information to Gather
Where to Find It
from the DBA when backing up
databases you do not own. Not
needed when doing an offline
(cold) backup, which works
directly on the files using OS-level
file permissions. For cold backups,
you log in as an administrative
user.
How Used
Prompted from the terminal if the
--password option is present
without the password argument.
Path under which to store backup You choose this. See
data
Section 4.1.3, “Designate a
Location for Backup Data” for
details.
By default, this directory must
be empty for mysqlbackup
to write data into it, to avoid
overwriting old backups or mixing
up data from different backups.
Use the --with-timestamp
option to automatically create a
subdirectory with a unique name,
when storing multiple sets of
backup data under the same main
directory.
Owner and permission information In the MySQL data directory.
for backed-up files (for Linux,
Unix, and OS X systems)
If you do the backup using a
different OS user ID or a different
umask setting than applies to the
original files, you might need to
run commands such as chown
and chmod on the backup data.
See Section B.1, “Limitations of
MySQL Enterprise Backup” for
details.
Size of InnoDB redo log files
Calculated from the values of the
innodb_log_file_size and
innodb_log_files_in_group
configuration variables. Use the
technique explained for the -incremental-with-redolog-only option.
Only needed if you perform
incremental backups using the
--incremental-with-redolog-only option rather than the
--incremental option. The
size of the InnoDB redo log and
the rate of generation for redo
data dictate how often you must
perform incremental backups.
Rate at which redo data is
generated
Calculated from the values of the
InnoDB logical sequence number
at different points in time. Use
the technique explained for the
--incremental-with-redolog-only option.
Only needed if you perform
incremental backups using the
--incremental-with-redolog-only option rather than the
--incremental option. The
size of the InnoDB redo log and
the rate of generation for redo
data dictate how often you must
perform incremental backups.
4.1.2 Grant MySQL Privileges to Backup Administrator
For most backup operations, the mysqlbackup command connects to the MySQL server using the
credentails supplied with the --user and --password options. The specified user needs certain
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privileges. You can either create a new user with a minimal set of privileges, or use an administrative
account such as root.
The minimum privileges for the MySQL user with which mysqlbackup connects to the server are:
• RELOAD on all databases and tables.
• CREATE, INSERT, DROP, and UPDATE on the tables mysql.backup_progress and
mysql.backup_history, and also SELECT on mysql.backup_history.
• SUPER, to enable and disable logging, and to optimize locking in order to minimize disruption to
database processing.
• REPLICATION CLIENT, to retrieve the binary log position, which is stored with the backup.
To set these privileges for a MySQL user (mysqlbackup in this example) connecting from localhost, issue
statements like the following from the mysql client program:
GRANT
GRANT
GRANT
GRANT
GRANT
RELOAD ON *.* TO 'mysqlbackup'@'localhost';
CREATE, INSERT, DROP, UPDATE ON mysql.backup_progress TO 'mysqlbackup'@'localhost';
CREATE, INSERT, SELECT, DROP, UPDATE ON mysql.backup_history TO 'mysqlbackup'@'localhost';
REPLICATION CLIENT ON *.* TO 'mysqlbackup'@'localhost';
SUPER ON *.* TO 'mysqlbackup'@'localhost';
The following additional privileges are required for using transportable tablespaces (TTS) to back up and
restore InnoDB tables:
• LOCK TABLES and SELECT for backing up tables
• CREATE and ALTER for restoring tables
To set these privileges, issue a statement like the following from the mysql client program:
GRANT LOCK TABLES, SELECT, CREATE, ALTER ON *.* TO 'mysqlbackup'@'localhost';
4.1.3 Designate a Location for Backup Data
All backup-related operations either create new files or reference existing files underneath a specified
directory that holds backup data, referred to as the backup directory in this manual. Choose in advance
for this directory a location on a file system with sufficient storage, which could even be remotely mounted
from a different server. You specify the path to this directory with the --backup-dir option for many
mysqlbackup commands.
Once you establish a regular backup schedule with automated jobs, it is preferable to keep each backup
within a timestamped subdirectory underneath the main backup directory. To make mysqlbackup
create these subdirectories automatically, specify the --with-timestamp option each time you run
mysqlbackup.
For one-time backup operations (for example, when cloning a database to set up a replication slave), you
might specify a new directory each time, or, for a single-file backup, specify the --force [99] option to
overwrite the old backup file.
4.2 The Typical Backup / Verify / Restore Cycle
To illustrate the basic steps in creating and making use of a backup, the following example shows how to
perform a full backup, verify it, and then restore it to a server.
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4.2.1 Backing Up an Entire MySQL Instance
In the following example, we back up an entire MySQL instance to a single file using the backup-toimage command, which appears at the end of the sample command. We specify some of the connection
information for the database using the --user and --host options (and, with the --password option, tell
the MySQL server to prompt for a user password). The location and filename for the single-file backup is
specified using the --backup-image option, and the location for an empty folder to store temporary files
is supplied with the --backup-dir option.
The output echoes all the parameters used by the backup operation, including several that are retrieved
automatically using the database connection. The unique ID for this backup job is recorded in special
tables that mysqlbackup creates inside the MySQL instance, allowing you to monitor long-running
backups and view information on previous backups. The final output section repeats the location of the
backup data and provides the LSN values that you might use when you perform an incremental backup
next time over the full backup that has just been made.
$ ./mysqlbackup --user=root --password --host=127.0.0.1 --backup-image=/home/admin/backups/my.mbi \
--backup-dir=/home/admin/backup-tmp backup-to-image
MySQL Enterprise Backup version 3.12.0 Linux-2.6.18-274.el5-i686 [2014/11/12]
Copyright (c) 2003, 2014, Oracle and/or its affiliates. All Rights Reserved.
mysqlbackup: INFO: Starting with following command line ...
./mysqlbackup --user=root --password --host=127.0.0.1
--backup-image=/home/admin/backups/my.mbi
--backup-dir=/home/admin/backup-tmp backup-to-image
mysqlbackup: INFO:
Enter password:
mysqlbackup: INFO: MySQL server version is '5.6.17-log'.
mysqlbackup: INFO: Got some server configuration information from running server.
IMPORTANT: Please check that mysqlbackup run completes successfully.
At the end of a successful 'backup-to-image' run mysqlbackup
prints "mysqlbackup completed OK!".
141204 12:54:55 mysqlbackup: INFO: MEB logfile created at /home/admin/backup-tmp/meta/MEB_2014-12-04.12-54-55_
-------------------------------------------------------------------Server Repository Options:
-------------------------------------------------------------------datadir = /var/lib/mysql/
innodb_data_home_dir =
innodb_data_file_path = ibdata1:12M:autoextend
innodb_log_group_home_dir = /var/lib/mysql/
innodb_log_files_in_group = 2
innodb_log_file_size = 50331648
innodb_page_size = 16384
innodb_checksum_algorithm = innodb
innodb_undo_directory = /var/lib/mysql/
innodb_undo_tablespaces = 0
innodb_undo_logs = 128
-------------------------------------------------------------------Backup Config Options:
-------------------------------------------------------------------datadir = /home/admin/backup-tmp/datadir
innodb_data_home_dir = /home/admin/backup-tmp/datadir
innodb_data_file_path = ibdata1:12M:autoextend
innodb_log_group_home_dir = /home/admin/backup-tmp/datadir
innodb_log_files_in_group = 2
innodb_log_file_size = 50331648
innodb_page_size = 16384
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innodb_checksum_algorithm = innodb
innodb_undo_directory = /home/admin/backup-tmp/datadir
innodb_undo_tablespaces = 0
innodb_undo_logs = 128
Backup Image Path = /home/admin/backups/my.mbi
mysqlbackup: INFO: Unique generated backup id for this is 14177156956623554
mysqlbackup: INFO: Creating 14 buffers each of size 16777216.
141204 12:54:58 mysqlbackup: INFO: Full Image Backup operation starts with following threads
1 read-threads
6 process-threads
1 write-threads
141204 12:54:58 mysqlbackup: INFO: System tablespace file format is Antelope.
141204 12:54:58 mysqlbackup: INFO: Starting to copy all innodb files...
mysqlbackup: INFO: Copying meta file /home/admin/backup-tmp/backup-my.cnf.
mysqlbackup: INFO: Copying meta file /home/admin/backup-tmp/meta/backup_create.xml.
141204 12:54:58 mysqlbackup: INFO: Found checkpoint at lsn 1631766.
141204 12:54:58 mysqlbackup: INFO: Starting log scan from lsn 1631744.
141204 12:54:58 mysqlbackup: INFO: Copying log...
141204 12:54:58 mysqlbackup: INFO: Log copied, lsn 1631766.
141204 12:54:58 mysqlbackup: INFO: Copying /var/lib/mysql/ibdata1 (Antelope file format).
141204 12:54:59 mysqlbackup: INFO: Copying /var/lib/mysql/mysql/innodb_index_stats.ibd (Antelope file forma
141204 12:54:59 mysqlbackup: INFO: Copying /var/lib/mysql/mysql/innodb_table_stats.ibd (Antelope file forma
141204 12:54:59 mysqlbackup: INFO: Copying /var/lib/mysql/mysql/slave_master_info.ibd (Antelope file format
141204 12:55:00 mysqlbackup: INFO: Copying /var/lib/mysql/mysql/slave_relay_log_info.ibd (Antelope file for
141204 12:55:00 mysqlbackup: INFO: Copying /var/lib/mysql/mysql/slave_worker_info.ibd (Antelope file format
141204 12:55:00 mysqlbackup: INFO: Copying /var/lib/mysql/test2/tb1.ibd (Antelope file format).
141204 12:55:00 mysqlbackup: INFO: Completing the copy of innodb files.
141204 12:55:00 mysqlbackup: INFO: Starting to copy Binlog files...
141204 12:55:01 mysqlbackup: INFO: Preparing to lock tables: Connected to mysqld server.
141204 12:55:01 mysqlbackup: INFO: Starting to lock all the tables...
141204 12:55:02 mysqlbackup: INFO: All tables are locked and flushed to disk
141204 12:55:02 mysqlbackup: INFO: Completed the copy of binlog files...
141204 12:55:02 mysqlbackup: INFO: Opening backup source directory '/var/lib/mysql/'
141204 12:55:02 mysqlbackup: INFO: Starting to backup all non-innodb files in
subdirectories of '/var/lib/mysql/'
141204 12:55:02 mysqlbackup: INFO: Adding database directory: datadir/mysql
141204 12:55:02 mysqlbackup: INFO: Adding database directory: datadir/performance_schema
141204 12:55:02 mysqlbackup: INFO: Completing the copy of all non-innodb files.
141204 12:55:02 mysqlbackup: INFO: Adding database directory: datadir/test
141204 12:55:02 mysqlbackup: INFO: Adding database directory: datadir/test2
141204 12:55:04 mysqlbackup: INFO: A copied database page was modified at 1631766.
(This is the highest lsn found on page)
Scanned log up to lsn 1631766.
Was able to parse the log up to lsn 1631766.
Maximum page number for a log record 0
141204 12:55:04 mysqlbackup: INFO: All tables unlocked
141204 12:55:04 mysqlbackup: INFO: All MySQL tables were locked for 2.057 seconds.
141204 12:55:04 mysqlbackup: INFO: Reading all global variables from the server.
141204 12:55:04 mysqlbackup: INFO: Completed reading of all global variables from the server.
141204 12:55:04 mysqlbackup: INFO: Creating server config files server-my.cnf and server-all.cnf in /home/a
mysqlbackup: INFO: Copying meta file /home/admin/backup-tmp/meta/backup_variables.txt.
mysqlbackup: INFO: Copying meta file /home/admin/backup-tmp/datadir/ibbackup_logfile.
mysqlbackup: INFO: Copying meta file /home/admin/backup-tmp/server-all.cnf.
mysqlbackup: INFO: Copying meta file /home/admin/backup-tmp/server-my.cnf.
mysqlbackup: INFO: Copying meta file /home/admin/backup-tmp/meta/backup_content.xml.
mysqlbackup: INFO: Copying meta file /home/admin/backup-tmp/meta/image_files.xml.
141204 12:55:08 mysqlbackup: INFO: Full Image Backup operation completed successfully.
141204 12:55:08 mysqlbackup: INFO: Backup image created successfully.
mysqlbackup: INFO: Image Path = /home/admin/backups/my.mbi
141204 12:55:08 mysqlbackup: INFO: MySQL binlog position: filename mysqld-bin.000004, position 120
------------------------------------------------------------Parameters Summary
------------------------------------------------------------Start LSN
: 1631744
End LSN
: 1631766
-------------------------------------------------------------
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mysqlbackup completed OK!
4.2.2 Verifying a Backup
To verify that your backup has been successful, restore the backup data on a different server and run the
MySQL daemon (mysqld) on the new data directory. You can then execute SHOW statements to verify the
database and table structures, and execute queries to verify further details of the database.
See Section 4.2.3, “Restoring a Database at its Original Location” for basic steps for restoring a backup,
and see Chapter 5, Recovering or Restoring a Database for more detailed instructions. Running the
mysqld daemon on the restored data requires a valid configuration file, which you specify with the -defaults-file option of the mysqld command. You can reuse most of the settings from the original
my.cnf file of the backed up MySQL instance, combined with the settings from the backup-my.cnf
file, which was created in the temporary directory you specified with --backup-dir when you created a
single-image backup (see Section 4.2.1, “Backing Up an Entire MySQL Instance”) and contains a small
subset of parameters required by mysqlbackup. Create a new configuration file by concatenating the two
files mentioned above into a new one, and use that file on the server on which you perform the verification.
Edit the file to make sure the datadir parameter points to the right location on the verification server. Edit
the values for port, socket, and so on if you need to use different connection settings on the verification
server.
4.2.3 Restoring a Database at its Original Location
To restore a MySQL instance from a backup:
• Shut down the database server using commands such as mysqladmin shutdown.
• Use, for example, mysqlbackup with the copy-back-and-apply-log command, which makes
the raw backup into a prepared backup by updating it to a consistent state and then copies the tables,
indexes, metadata, and any other required files back to their original locations, as defined by the original
MySQL configuration file. For the different combinations of options that you can specify as part of this
operation, see Section 12.3, “Restore Operations”.
In the example below, the single-file backup created in the example given in Section 4.2.1, “Backing Up an
Entire MySQL Instance” is restored using the copy-back-and-apply-log command. Besides the usual
connection parameters, the following options are used in the command:
• --defaults-file supplies the configuration file backup-my.cnf, which was created in the
temporary directory you specified with --backup-dir when you created the single-image backup (see
Section 4.2.2, “Verifying a Backup” for more explanations) and is now at the location specified with the
option. Without specifying the --defaults-file option, the restore can still be performed, as long as
the related InnoDB parameters for the backed-up and the target server match; you are going to receive
some warnings though from mysqlbackup.
• --datadir supplies the location of the data directory for restoring the data.
• --backup-image provides the path of the single-file backup.
• --backup-dir provides the location of an empty folder to store some temporary files created during
the restore procedure.
$
./mysqlbackup --defaults-file=/home/admin/backups/backup-my.cnf --datadir=/var/lib/mysql \
--backup-image=/home/admin/backups/my.mbi --backup-dir=/home/admin/backup-tmp copy-back-and-apply-log
MySQL Enterprise Backup version 3.12.0 Linux-2.6.18-274.el5-i686 [2014/11/12]
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Copyright (c) 2003, 2014, Oracle and/or its affiliates. All Rights Reserved.
mysqlbackup: INFO: Starting with following command line ...
./mysqlbackup --defaults-file=/home/admin/backup-my.cnf
--datadir=/var/lib/mysql --backup-image=/home/admin/backups/my.mbi
--backup-dir=/home/admin/backup-tmp copy-back-and-apply-log
mysqlbackup: INFO:
IMPORTANT: Please check that mysqlbackup run completes successfully.
At the end of a successful 'copy-back-and-apply-log' run mysqlbackup
prints "mysqlbackup completed OK!".
mysqlbackup: INFO: Backup Image MEB version string: 3.12.0 [2014/11/12]
141204 13:10:39 mysqlbackup: INFO: MEB logfile created at /home/admin/backup-tmp/meta/MEB_2014-12-04.13-10-------------------------------------------------------------------Server Repository Options:
-------------------------------------------------------------------datadir = /var/lib/mysql
innodb_data_home_dir = /var/lib/mysql
innodb_data_file_path = ibdata1:12M:autoextend
innodb_log_group_home_dir = /var/lib/mysql
innodb_log_files_in_group = 2
innodb_log_file_size = 50331648
innodb_page_size = 16384
innodb_checksum_algorithm = innodb
-------------------------------------------------------------------Backup Config Options:
-------------------------------------------------------------------datadir = /home/admin/backup-tmp/datadir
innodb_data_home_dir = /home/admin/backup-tmp/datadir
innodb_data_file_path = ibdata1:12M:autoextend
innodb_log_group_home_dir = /home/admin/backup-tmp/datadir
innodb_log_files_in_group = 2
innodb_log_file_size = 50331648
innodb_page_size = 16384
innodb_checksum_algorithm = innodb
mysqlbackup: INFO: Creating 14 buffers each of size 16777216.
141204 13:10:39 mysqlbackup: INFO: Copy-back-and-apply-log operation starts with following threads
1 read-threads
6 process-threads
1 write-threads
141204 13:10:39 mysqlbackup: INFO: Copying database directory: meta
141204 13:10:39 mysqlbackup: INFO: Copying datadir/ibdata1.
141204 13:10:39 mysqlbackup: INFO: Copying datadir/mysql/innodb_index_stats.ibd.
141204 13:10:39 mysqlbackup: INFO: Copying datadir/mysql/innodb_table_stats.ibd.
141204 13:10:39 mysqlbackup: INFO: Copying datadir/mysql/slave_master_info.ibd.
141204 13:10:39 mysqlbackup: INFO: Copying datadir/mysql/slave_relay_log_info.ibd.
141204 13:10:39 mysqlbackup: INFO: Copying database directory: datadir/mysql
141204 13:10:39 mysqlbackup: INFO: Copying datadir/mysql/slave_worker_info.ibd.
141204 13:10:39 mysqlbackup: INFO: Copying datadir/test2/tb1.ibd.
141204 13:10:39 mysqlbackup: INFO: Copying database directory: datadir/performance_schema
141204 13:10:39 mysqlbackup: INFO: Copying database directory: datadir/test
141204 13:10:39 mysqlbackup: INFO: Copying database directory: datadir/test2
141204 13:10:40 mysqlbackup: INFO: Copying database directory: datadir/mysql
141204 13:10:41 mysqlbackup: INFO: Copying database directory: datadir/performance_schema
141204 13:10:42 mysqlbackup: INFO: Copying database directory: datadir/test
141204 13:10:42 mysqlbackup: INFO: Copying database directory: datadir/test2
141204 13:10:43 mysqlbackup: INFO: Total files as specified in image: 161
141204 13:10:43 mysqlbackup: INFO: Creating server config files server-my.cnf and server-all.cnf in /var/li
141204 13:10:43 mysqlbackup: INFO: Copy-back operation completed successfully.
mysqlbackup: INFO: Source Image Path = /home/admin/backups/my.mbi
mysqlbackup: INFO: Creating 14 buffers each of size 65536.
141204 13:10:43 mysqlbackup: INFO: Apply-log operation starts with following threads
1 read-threads
1 process-threads
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mysqlbackup: INFO: Using up to 100 MB of memory.
141204 13:10:43 mysqlbackup: INFO: ibbackup_logfile's creation parameters:
start lsn 1631744, end lsn 1631766,
start checkpoint 1631766.
InnoDB: Doing recovery: scanned up to log sequence number 1631766
mysqlbackup: INFO: InnoDB: Starting an apply batch of log records to the database...
InnoDB: Progress in percent: 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 3
mysqlbackup: INFO: InnoDB: Setting log file size to 50331648
mysqlbackup: INFO: InnoDB: Setting log file size to 50331648
141204 13:10:44 mysqlbackup: INFO: We were able to parse ibbackup_logfile up to
lsn 1631766.
mysqlbackup: INFO: Last MySQL binlog file position 0 120, file name mysqld-bin.000004:120
141204 13:10:44 mysqlbackup: INFO: The first data file is '/var/lib/mysql/ibdata1'
and the new created log files are at '/var/lib/mysql'
141204 13:10:44 mysqlbackup: INFO: Apply-log operation completed successfully.
141204 13:10:44 mysqlbackup: INFO: Full Backup has been restored successfully.
mysqlbackup completed OK!
Now the original database directory is restored from the backup, and you can restart the database server.
4.3 Backup Scenarios and Examples
4.3.1 Making a Full Backup
Most backup strategies start with a complete backup of the MySQL server, from which you can restore all
databases and tables. After you have created a full backup, you might perform incremental backups (which
are smaller and faster) for the next several backup tasks. You then make a full backup periodically to begin
the cycle again.
For sample commands for making a full backup, see Section 4.2.1, “Backing Up an Entire MySQL
Instance”.
This section outlines some of the things to consider when deciding on a strategy for creating full backups.
As we shall see, factors like speed, capacity, and convenience are all relevant for your decisions.
Options on Command Line or in Configuration File?
For clarity, the examples in this manual often show some of the command-line options that are used with
the mysqlbackup commands. For convenience and consistency, you can include those options that
remain unchanged for most backup jobs into the [mysqlbackup] section of the MySQL configuration file
that you supply to mysqlbackup. mysqlbackup also picks up the options from the [mysqld] section
if they are present there. Putting the options into a configuration file can simplify backup administration
for you: for example, putting port information into a configuration file, you can avoid the need to edit your
backup scripts each time the database instance switches to a different port. See Chapter 14, Configuration
Files and Parameters for details about the use of configuration files.
Output in Single Directory or Timestamped Subdirectories?
For convenience, the --with-timestamp option creates uniquely named subdirectories under the
backup directory to hold the output from each backup job. The timestamped subdirectories make it simpler
to establish retention periods, allowing easy removal and archiving of backup data that has passed a
certain age.
If you do use a single backup directory (that is, if you omit the --with-timestamp option), either specify
a new unique directory name for each backup job, or specify the --force [99] option to overwrite
existing backup files.
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For incremental backups that uses the --incremental-base option to specify the directory containing
the previous backup, in order to make the directory names predictable, you might prefer to not use the -with-timestamp option and generate a sequence of directory names with your backup script instead .
Always Full Backup, or Full Backup plus Incremental Backups?
If your InnoDB data volume is small, or if your database is so busy that a high percentage of data changes
between backups, you might want to run a full backup each time. However, you can usually save time and
storage space by running periodic full backups and then several incremental backups in between them, as
described in Section 4.3.2, “Making a Differential or Incremental Backup”.
Use Compression or Not?
Creating a compressed backup can save you considerable storage space and reduce I/O usage
significantly. And with the LZ4 compression method (introduced since release 3.10), the overhead for
processing compression is quite low. In cases where database backups are moving from a faster disk
system where the active database files sit to a possibly slower storage, compression will often significantly
lower the overall backup time. It can result in reduced restoration time as well. In general, we recommend
LZ4 compression over no compression for most users, as LZ4-based backups often finish in a shorter time
period. However, test out MySQL Enterprise Backup within your environment to determine what is the most
efficient approach.
4.3.2 Making a Differential or Incremental Backup
Assuming a good portion of the data on your MySQL server remains unchanged over time, you can
increase the speed and reduce the required storage space for your regular backups by backing up not all
the data on the server each time, but only the changes to the data which have taken place over time. In
order to that, after making first a full backup that contains all data, you can do one of the following:
• Performing a series of differential backups.
Each differential backup includes all the changes
made to the data since the last full backup was performed. To restore data up to, for example, time t,
you simply restore first the full backup, and then, on top of it, the differential backup taken for time t.
• Perform a series of incremental backup.
Each incremental backup only includes the changes since
the previous backup, which can itself be a full or incremental backup. The first backup in an incremental
series is always then a differential backup; but after that, each incremental backup only contains the
changes made since that last incremental backup. Each subsequent incremental backup is thus usually
smaller in size than a differential backup, and is faster to make; that allows you to make very frequent
incremental backups, and then enables you to restore the database to a more precise point in time
when necessary. However, restoring data with incremental backups might take longer and more work:
in general, to restore data up to, for example, time t, you start with restoring the full backup, and then
restore the incremental backups one by one, until you are finished with the incremental backup taken for
time t.
MySQL Enterprise Backup supports both incremental and differential backups. You should decide on
which backup strategy to adopt by looking at such factors like how much storage space you have, how
quickly you have to be able to restore data, and so on.
MySQL Enterprise Backup treats differential backup as a special case of incremental backup that has a
full backup as its base. To create a differential backup, simply follow the instructions below for performing
incremental backups, and make sure you specify a full backup as the base of your incremental backup
using the methods we describe below; you should also ignore any instructions that only apply to the
handling of multiple incremental backups.
See Section 13.7, “Incremental Backup Options”, for descriptions of the mysqlbackup options used for
incremental backups. An Incremental backup is enabled with one of the two options: --incremental
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and --incremental-with-redo-log-only option. See Creating Incremental Backups Using Only the
Redo Log for their differences.
When creating an incremental backup, you have to indicate to mysqlbackup the point in time of the
previous full or incremental backup. For convenience, you can use the --incremental-base option to
automatically derive the necessary log sequence number (LSN) from the metadata stored in a previous
backup directory or on the server. Or, you can specify an explicit LSN value using the --start-lsn
option, providing to mysqlbackup the ending LSN from a previous full or incremental backup.
To prepare the backup data to be restored, you combine all incremental backups with an original full
backup. Typically, you perform a new full backup after a designated period of time, after which you can
discard the older incremental backup data.
Creating Incremental Backups Using Only the Redo Log
The --incremental-with-redo-log-only might offer some benefits over the --incremental
option for creating an incremental backup:
• The changes to InnoDB tables are determined based on the contents of the InnoDB redo log. Since the
redo log files have a fixed size that you know in advance, it can require less I/O to read the changes from
them than to scan the InnoDB tablespace files to locate the changed pages, depending on the size of
your database, amount of DML activity, and size of the redo log files.
• Since the redo log files act as a circular buffer, with records of older changes being overwritten as new
DML operations take place, you must take new incremental backups on a predictable schedule dictated
by the size of the log files and the amount of redo data generated for your workload. Otherwise, the redo
log might not reach back far enough to record all the changes since the previous incremental backup,
in which case mysqlbackup will quickly determine that it cannot proceed and will return an error. Your
backup script should be able to catch that error and then perform an incremental backup with the -incremental option instead.
For example:
• To calculate the size of the redo log, issue the command SHOW VARIABLES LIKE
'innodb_log_file%' and, based on the output, multiply the innodb_log_file_size setting
by the value of innodb_log_files_in_group. To compute the redo log size at the physical level,
look into the datadir directory of the MySQL instance and sum up the sizes of the files matching the
pattern ib_logfile*.
• The InnoDB LSN value corresponds to the number of bytes written to the redo log. To check the LSN
at some point in time, issue the command SHOW ENGINE INNODB STATUS and look under the LOG
heading. While planning your backup strategy, record the LSN values periodically and subtract the
earlier value from the current one to calculate how much redo data is generated each hour, day, and
so on.
Prior to MySQL 5.5, it was common practice to keep the redo logs fairly small to avoid a long startup
time when the MySQL server was killed rather than shut down normally. With MySQL 5.5 and higher,
the performance of crash recovery is significantly improved, as described in Optimizing InnoDB
Configuration Variables, so that you can make your redo log files bigger if that helps your backup
strategy and your database workload.
• This type of incremental backup is not so forgiving of too-low --start-lsn values as the standard
--incremental option. For example, you cannot make a full backup and then make a series of -incremental-with-redo-log-only backups all using the same --start-lsn value. Make sure to
specify the precise end LSN of the previous backup as the start LSN of the next incremental backup; do
not use arbitrary values.
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Note
To ensure the LSN values match up exactly between successive incremental
backups, it is recommended that you always use the --incremental-base
option when you use the --incremental-with-redo-log-only option.
• To judge whether this type of incremental backup is practical and efficient for a particular MySQL
instance:
• Measure how fast the data changes within the InnoDB redo log files. Check the LSN periodically to
decide how much redo data accumulates over the course of some number of hours or days.
• Compare the rate of redo log accumulation with the size of the redo log files. Use this ratio to see how
often to take an incremental backup, in order to avoid the likelihood of the backup failing becuase the
historical data are not available in the redo log. For example, if you are producing 1GB of redo log data
per day, and the combined size of your redo log files is 7GB, you would schedule incremental backups
more frequently than once a week. You might perform incremental backups every day or two, to avoid
a potential issue when a sudden flurry of updates produced more redo than usual.
• Benchmark incremental backup times using both the --incremental and --incremental-withredo-log-only options, to confirm if the redo log backup technique performs faster and with less
overhead than the traditional incremental backup method. The result could depend on the size of your
data, the amount of DML activity, and the size of your redo log files. Do your testing on a server with
a realistic data volume and a realistic workload. For example, if you have huge redo log files, reading
them in the course of an incremental backup could take as long as reading the InnoDB data files using
the traditional incremental technique. Conversely, if your data volume is large, reading all the data files
to find the few changed pages could be less efficient than processing the much smaller redo log files.
Other Considerations for Incremental Backups
The incremental backup feature is primarily intended for InnoDB tables, or non-InnoDB tables that are
read-only or rarely updated. Incremental backups detect changes at the level of pages in the InnoDB
data files, as opposed to table rows; each page that has changed is backed up. Thus, the space and time
savings are not exactly proportional to the percentage of changed InnoDB rows or columns.
For non-InnoDB files, the entire file is included in an incremental backup if that file has changed since the
previous backup, which means the savings for backup resources are less significant when comparing with
the case with InnoDB tables.
You cannot perform incremental backups with the --compress option.
Examples of Incremental Backups
This example uses mysqlbackup to make an incremental backup of a MySQL server, including all
databases and tables. We show two alternatives, one using the --incremental-base option and the
other using the --start-lsn option.
With the --incremental-base option, you do not have to keep track of LSN values between one
backup and the next. Instead, you can just specify the directory of the previous backup (either full or
incremental), and mysqlbackup figures out the starting point for this backup based on the metadata of the
earlier one. Because you need a known set of directory names, you might want to use hardcoded names
or generate a sequence of names in your own backup script, rather than using the --with-timestamp
option.
$ mysqlbackup --defaults-file=/home/pekka/.my.cnf --incremental \
--incremental-base=dir:/incr-backup/wednesday \
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--incremental-backup-dir=/incr-backup/thursday \
backup
...many lines of output...
mysqlbackup: Backup created in directory '/incr-backup/thursday'
mysqlbackup: start_lsn: 2654255717
mysqlbackup: incremental_base_lsn: 2666733462
mysqlbackup: end_lsn: 2666736714
101208 17:14:58 mysqlbackup: mysqlbackup completed OK!
Note that if your last backup was a single-file instead of a directory backup, you can still use -incremental-base by specifying for dir:directory_path the location of the temporary directory you
supplied with the --backup-dir option during the full backup.
As an alternative to specifying --incremental-base=dir:directory_path, you can tell
mysqlbackup to query the end_lsn value from the last successful backup as recorded in the
backup_history table on the server using --incremental-base=history:last_backup (this
required that the last backup was made with mysqlbackup connected to the server).
You can also use the --start-lsn option to specify where the incremental backup should start. You
have to record the LSN of the previous backup reported by mysqlbackup at the end of the backup:
mysqlbackup: Was able to parse the log up to lsn 2654255716
The number is also recorded in the meta/backup_variables.txt file in the folder specified by -backup-dir during the backup. Supply then that number to mysqlbackup using the --start-lsn
option. The incremental backup then includes all changes that came after the specified LSN. Since then
the location of the previous backup is not very significant then, you can use --with-timestamp to create
named subdirectories automatically.
$ mysqlbackup --defaults-file=/home/pekka/.my.cnf --incremental \
--start-lsn=2654255716 \
--with-timestamp \
--incremental-backup-dir=/incr-backup \
backup
...many lines of output...
mysqlbackup: Backup created in directory '/incr-backup/2010-12-08_17-14-48'
mysqlbackup: start_lsn: 2654255717
mysqlbackup: incremental_base_lsn: 2666733462
mysqlbackup: end_lsn: 2666736714
101208 17:14:58 mysqlbackup: mysqlbackup completed OK!
To create an incremental backup image instead, use the following command, specifying with -incremental-backup-dir a temporary directory for storing the metadata for the backup and some
temporary files:
$ mysqlbackup --defaults-file=/home/pekka/.my.cnf --incremental \
--start-lsn=2654255716 \
--with-timestamp \
--incremental-backup-dir=/incr-tmp \
--backup-image=/incr-backup/incremental_image.bi
backup-to-image
In the following example though, because --backup-image does not provide a full path to the image file
to be created, the incremental backup image is created under the folder specified by --incrementalbackup-dir:
$ mysqlbackup --defaults-file=/home/pekka/.my.cnf --incremental \
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--start-lsn=2654255716 \
--with-timestamp \
--incremental-backup-dir=/incr-images \
--backup-image=incremental_image1.bi
backup-to-image
On how to restore your database using the incremental backups, see Section 5.2.3, “Restoring an
Incremental Backup”
Next steps:
• On a regular schedule determined by date or amount of database activity, take more incremental
backups.
• Optionally, periodically start the cycle over again by taking a full, uncompressed or compressed backup.
Typically, this milestone happens when you can archive and clear out your oldest backup data.
4.3.3 Making a Compressed Backup
To save disk space, you can compress InnoDB backup data files by using the --compress option of
mysqlbackup. Compression lets you keep more sets of backup data on hand and save transmission time
when sending the backup data to another server. The downside includes the extra CPU overhead during
the backup itself and the extra time needed for the restoration process for uncompressing the data.
The backup compression feature works only for InnoDB tables. After the InnoDB tablespace files are
compressed during backup, they receive the .ibz extension. To avoid wasting CPU cycles without saving
additional disk space, --compress does not attempt to compress tables that were already-compressed on
the server (see Enabling Compression for a Table); nevertheless, such tablespace files are also saved with
the .ibz extension inside the backup.
Note
When there is unused space within an InnoDB tablespace file, the entire file is
copied during an uncompressed backup. Perform a compressed backup to avoid
the storage overhead for the unused space.
The binary log and realy log files are compressed and saved with the .bz extension when being included
in a compressed backup.
You can only use the --compress option for full backups, not for incremental backups.
You can also select the compression algorithm to use by the --compress-method option and, when
using the ZLIB or LZMA compression algorithm, the level of compression by the --compress-level
option. See Section 13.6, “Compression Options” for details.
This is a sample command for making a compressed backup:
mysqlbackup --defaults-file=/etc/my.cnf --compress --compress-level=5 backup
This is a sample command for making a compressed single-file backup:
mysqlbackup --defaults-file=/etc/my.cnf --compress --compress-level=5 \
--backup-image=backup.img backup-to-image
Next steps:
• Make a note of the LSN value in the message at the end of both the full and incremental backups (for
example, in the line mysqlbackup: Was able to parse the log up to lsn LSN_number).
You specify this value when performing incremental backups of changes that occur after this full backup.
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• Apply the log to the compressed backup files, so that the full backup is ready to be restored at any
time. You can move the backup data to a different server first, to avoid the CPU and I/O overhead of
performing this operation on the database server.
• After applying the log, periodically take incremental backups, which are smaller and can be made faster
than a full backup.
4.3.4 Making a Partial Backup
Note
To facilitate the creation of partial backups, MySQL Enterprise Backup has
introduced two new options for partial backup since version 3.10: --includetables and --exclude-tables. The new options are intended for replacing
the older options of --include, --databases, --databases-list-file,
and --only-innodb-with-frm, which are incompatible with the new options
and will be deprecated in the upcoming releases. In the discussions below we
assume the new options are used for partial backups. For reference purpose, we
have included information on the older options at the end of this section in Making a
Partial Backup with Legacy Options.
By default, all the files under the database subdirectories in the data directory are included in the backup,
so that the backup includes data from all MySQL storage engines, any third-party storage engines, and
even any non-database files in that directory. This section explains options you can use to selectively back
up or exclude data.
There are various ways to create different kinds of partial backup with MySQL Enterprise Backup:
• Including or excluding specific tables by their names. This uses the --include-tables or -exclude-tables option.
Each table is checked against the regular expression specified with the --include-tables or -exclude-tables option. If the regular expression matches the fully qualified name of the table (in
the form of db_name.table_name), the table is included or excluded for the backup. The regular
expression syntax used is the extended form specified in the POSIX 1003.2 standard. The options have
been implemented with Henry Spencer's regular expression library.
• Including some or all InnoDB tables, but not other table types. This uses the --only-innodb option.
• Leaving out files that are present in the MySQL data directory but not actually part of the MySQL
instance. This uses the --only-known-file-types option.
• Achieving a multiple of selection effects by using a combination of the above mentioned options.
• Backing up a selection of InnoDB tables using transportable tablespaces (TTS). This uses the --usetts and the --include-tables or --exclude-tables (or both) options.
For syntax details on all the options involved, see Section 13.8, “Partial Backup and Restore Options”.
Important
Typically, a partial backup is more difficult to restore than a full backup, because
the backup data might not include the necessary interrelated pieces to constitute
a complete MySQL instance. In particular, InnoDB tables have internal IDs and
other data values that can only be restored to the same instance, not a different
MySQL server. Always fully test the recovery procedure for any partial backups to
understand the relevant procedures and restrictions.
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Important
Because the InnoDB system tablespace holds metadata about InnoDB tables from
all databases in an instance, restoring a partial backup on a server that includes
other databases could cause the system to lose track of those InnoDB tables in the
other databases. Always restore partial backups on a fresh MySQL server instance
without any other InnoDB tables that you want to preserve.
The following are some command samples for partial backups.
Including all tables with names starting with “emp” into the backup:
$ mysqlbackup \
--host=localhost --user=mysqluser --protocol=TCP --port=3306 \
--backup-dir=$MEB_BACKUPS_DIR/backupdir \ --include-tables='\.emp' \
backup
Taking a backup of all tables except tables from the “mysql” and “performance_schema” databases:
$ mysqlbackup \
--host=localhost --user=mysqluser --protocol=TCP --port=3306 \
--backup-dir=$MEB_BACKUPS_DIR/backupdir \
--exclude-tables='^(mysql|performance_schema)\.' \
backup
Taking a backup of all tables in the “sales” database, but excludes the table with the name “hardware”
$ mysqlbackup \
--host=localhost --user=mysqluser --protocol=TCP --port=3306 \
--backup-dir=$MEB_BACKUPS_DIR/backupdir \
--include-tables='^sales\.' --exclude-tables='^sales\.hardware$' \
backup
Backing up all InnoDB tables, but not .frm files:
$ mysqlbackup --defaults-file=/home/pekka/.my.cnf --only-innodb backup
You can also make compressed, single-image, and other kinds of selective backups by using the
appropriate command options.
Next Steps:
• Make a note of the LSN value in the message at the end of both full and incremental backups, for
example, mysqlbackup: Was able to parse the log up to lsn LSN_number. You specify
this value when performing incremental backups of changes that occur after this full backup.
• Apply the log to the uncompressed backup files, so that the full backup is ready to be restored at any
time. You can move the backup data to a different server first, to avoid the CPU and I/O overhead of
performing this operation on the database server.
• After applying the log, periodically take incremental backups, which are much faster and smaller than a
full backup like these ones.
Making a Partial Backup with the Legacy Options
Important
Information in this subsection is only for using the legacy options of --include,
--databases, --databases-list-file, and --only-innodb-with-frm,
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which will be deprecated in the upcoming issues. For creating partial backups, it
is strongly recommended that the new options of --include-tables and -exclude-tables be used instead. Note that you cannot combine the legacy and
the new partial-backup options in a single command.
MySQL Enterprise Backup can make different kinds of partial backup using the legacy partial-backup
options:
• Including certain InnoDB tables but not others. This operation involves the --include, --onlyinnodb, and --only-innodb-with-frm options.
• Including certain non-InnoDB tables from selected databases but not others. This operation involves the
--databases and --databases-list-file options.
For syntax details on all these options, see Legacy Partial Backup Options.
Note
Typically, a partial backup is more difficult to restore than a full backup, because
the backup data might not include the necessary interrelated pieces to constitute
a complete MySQL instance. In particular, InnoDB tables have internal IDs and
other data values that can only be restored to the same instance, not a different
MySQL server. Always fully test the recovery procedure for any partial backups to
understand the relevant procedures and restrictions.
With its --include option, mysqlbackup can make a backup that includes some InnoDB tables but not
others:
• A partial backup with the --include option always contains the InnoDB system tablespace and all the
tables inside it.
• For the InnoDB tables stored outside the system tablespace, the partial backup includes only those
tables whose names match the regular expression specified with the --include option.
This operation requires the tables being left out to be stored in separate table_name.ibd files. To put
an InnoDB table outside the system tablespace, create it while the innodb_file_per_table MySQL
configuration option is enabled. Each .ibd file holds the data and indexes of one table only.
Those InnoDB tables created with innodb_file_per_table turned off are stored as usual in the
InnoDB system tablespace, and cannot be left out of the backup.
For each table with a per-table data file a string of the form db_name.table_name is checked against
the regular expression specified with the --include option. If the regular expression matches the
complete string db_name.table_name, the table is included in the backup. The regular expression
syntax used is the extended form specified in the POSIX 1003.2 standard. On Unix-like systems, quote the
regular expression appropriately to prevent interpretation of shell meta-characters. This feature has been
implemented with Henry Spencer's regular expression library.
The backup directory produced contains a backup log file and copies of InnoDB data files.
IMPORTANT: Although mysqlbackup supports taking partial backups, be careful when restoring a
database from a partial backup. mysqlbackup copies also the .frm files of those tables that are not
included in the backup, except when you do partial backups using, for example, the --databases option.
If you use mysqlbackup with the --include option, before restoring the database, delete from the
backup data the .frm files for any tables that are not included in the backup.
IMPORTANT: Because the InnoDB system tablespace holds metadata about InnoDB tables from all
databases in an instance, restoring a partial backup on a server that includes other databases could cause
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the system to lose track of those InnoDB tables in other databases. Always restore partial backups on a
fresh MySQL server instance without any other InnoDB tables that you want to preserve.
The --only-innodb and --only-innodb-with-frm options back up InnoDB tables only, skipping
those of other storage engines. You might also use them together with the --include option to make
selective backup of InnoDB tables while excluding all other files created by other storage engines.
Example 4.1 Making an Uncompressed Partial Backup of InnoDB Tables
In this example, we have configured MySQL so that some InnoDB tables have their own tablespaces.
We make a partial backup including only those InnoDB tables in test database whose name starts with
ib. The contents of the database directory for test database are shown below. The directory contains
a MySQL description file (.frm file) for each of the tables (alex1, alex2, alex3, blobt3, ibstest0,
ibstest09, ibtest11a, ibtest11b, ibtest11c, and ibtest11d) in the database. Of these 10
tables six (alex1, alex2, alex3, blobt3, ibstest0, ibstest09) are stored in per-table data files
(.ibd files).
$ ls /sqldata/mts/test
alex1.frm alex2.ibd blobt3.frm
alex1.ibd alex3.frm blobt3.ibd
alex2.frm alex3.ibd ibstest0.frm
ibstest0.ibd
ibtest09.frm
ibtest09.ibd
ibtest11a.frm
ibtest11b.frm
ibtest11c.frm
ibtest11d.frm
We run the mysqlbackup with the --include option:
# Back up some InnoDB tables but not any .frm files.
$ mysqlbackup --defaults-file=/home/pekka/.my.cnf --include='test\.ib.*' --only-innodb backup
...many lines of output...
mysqlbackup: Scanned log up to lsn 2666737471.
mysqlbackup: Was able to parse the log up to lsn 2666737471.
mysqlbackup: Maximum page number for a log record 0
101208 17:17:45 mysqlbackup: Full backup completed!
# Back up some InnoDB tables and the .frm files for the backed-up tables only.
$ mysqlbackup --defaults-file=/home/pekka/.my.cnf --include='test\.ib.*' \
--only-innodb-with-frm=related backup
...many lines of output...
mysqlbackup: Scanned log up to lsn 2666737471.
mysqlbackup: Was able to parse the log up to lsn 2666737471.
mysqlbackup: Maximum page number for a log record 0
101208 17:17:45 mysqlbackup: Full backup completed!
The backup directory contains only backups of ibstest and ibtest09 tables. Other InnoDB tables did
not match the include pattern test\.ib.*. Notice, however, that the tables ibtest11a, ibtest11b,
ibtest11c, ibtest11d are in the backup even though they are not visible in the directory shown below,
because they are stored in the system tablespace (ibdata1 file) which is always included in the backup.
# With the --only-innodb option:
$ ls /sqldata-backup/test
ibstest0.ibd
ibtest09.ibd
# With the --only-innodb-with-frm=related option:
$ ls /sqldata-backup/test
ibstest0.frm
ibtest09.frm
ibstest0.ibd
ibtest09.ibd
Example 4.2 Making a Compressed Partial Backup
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We have configured MySQL so that every InnoDB table has its own tablespace. We make a partial backup
including only those InnoDB tables whose name starts with alex or blob. The contents of the database
directory for test database is shown below.
$ ls /sqldata/mts/test
alex1.frm alex2.ibd blobt3.frm
alex1.ibd alex3.frm blobt3.ibd
alex2.frm alex3.ibd ibstest0.frm
ibstest0.ibd
ibtest09.frm
ibtest09.ibd
ibtest11a.frm
ibtest11b.frm
ibtest11c.frm
ibtest11d.frm
We run mysqlbackup with the --compress and --include options:
$ mysqlbackup --defaults-file=/home/pekka/.my.cnf --compress \
--include='.*\.(alex|blob).*' --only-innodb backup
...many lines of output...
mysqlbackup: Scanned log up to lsn 2666737471.
mysqlbackup: Was able to parse the log up to lsn 2666737471.
mysqlbackup: Maximum page number for a log record 0
mysqlbackup: Compressed 147 MB of data files to 15 MB (compression 89%).
101208 17:18:04
mysqlbackup: Full backup completed!
The backup directory for the database test is shown below. The .ibz files are compressed per-table
data files.
$ ls /sqldata-backup/test
alex1.ibz
alex2.ibz
alex3.ibz
blobt3.ibz
The --databases and --databases-list-file options of mysqlbackup let you back up nonInnoDB tables only from selected databases, rather than across the entire MySQL instance. (To filter
InnoDB tables, use the --include option instead.) With --databases, you specify a space-separated
list of database names, with the entire list enclosed in double quotation marks. With --databases-listfile, you specify the path of a file containing the list of database names, one per line.
Some or all of the database names can be qualified with table names, to only back up selected nonInnoDB tables from those databases.
If you specify this option, make sure you include the same set of databases for every backup (especially
incremental backups), so that you do not restore out-of-date versions of any databases.
4.3.5 Making a Single-File Backup
To avoid having a large number of backup files to keep track, store, and transport, mysqlbackup can
create a backup in a single-file format. It can also pack an existing backup into a single file, unpack the
single file back to the original backup directory structure, list the contents of a single-file backup, verify the
contents of a single-file backup against embedded checksums, or extract a single file into a directory tree.
For the syntax of the relevant mysqlbackup options, see Section 13.9, “Single-File Backup Options”.
Because the single-file backup can be streamed or piped to another process such as a tape backup or a
command like scp, you can use the technique to put the backup onto another storage device or server and
avoid significant storage overhead on the original database server.
To create a single-file backup, use the backup-to-image command. The following examples illustrate
how to perform a single-file backup and other related operations.
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Example 4.3 Single-File Backup to Absolute Path
This command creates a single backup image on the given absolute path. It still requires --backup-dir,
which is used to hold temporary output, status, and metadata files.
mysqlbackup --backup-image=/backups/sales.mbi --backup-dir=/backup-tmp backup-to-image
Example 4.4 Single-File Backup to Relative Path
This command specifies --backup-image with a relative path underneath the backup directory. The
resulting single-file backup is created as /backups/sales.mbi.
mysqlbackup --backup-image=sales.mbi --backup-dir=/backups backup-to-image
Example 4.5 Single-File Backup to Standard Output
The following command dumps the backup output to standard output. Again, the folder specified with the
--backup-dir option is used as a temporary directory.
mysqlbackup --backup-dir=/backups --backup-image=- backup-to-image > /backup/mybackup.mbi
Example 4.6 Convert Existing Backup Directory to Single Image
The backup-dir directory is bundled into the /backup/my.mbi file.
mysqlbackup --backup-image=/backup/my.mbi --backup-dir=/var/mysql/backup backup-dir-to-image
Example 4.7 Extract Existing Image to Backup Directory
The image contents are unpacked into backup-dir.
mysqlbackup --backup-dir=/var/backup --backup-image=/backup/my.mbi image-to-backup-dir
Example 4.8 List Single-File Backup Contents
The image contents are listed, with each line indicating a file or directory entry.
mysqlbackup --backup-image=/backup/my.mbi list-image
Example 4.9 Validate a Single-File Backup
The following command verifies that the single-file backup is not corrupted, truncated, or damaged by
validating the checksum value for each data page in the backup.
mysqlbackup --backup-image=/logs/fullimage.mi
validate
Example 4.10 Extract Single-File Backup into Current Directory
The following command extracts all contents from a single-file backup into the current working directory.
mysqlbackup --backup-image=/var/my.mbi extract
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Example 4.11 Extract Single-File Backup into a Backup Directory
This command behaves like the image-to-backup-dir option by extracting all contents of a single-file
backup into the --backup-dir directory.
mysqlbackup --backup-image=/var/my.mbi --backup-dir=/var/backup extract
Example 4.12 Selective Extract of Single File
The following command extracts the single file meta/comments.txt from the backup image my.mbi into
the local path./meta/comments.txt.
mysqlbackup --backup-image=/var/my.mbi \
--src-entry=meta/comments.txt extract
The following command extracts the meta/comments.txt file from the backup image my.mbi into a
specified path /tmp/mycomments.txt by using the --dst-entry option.
mysqlbackup --backup-image=/var/my.mbi \
--src-entry=meta/comments.txt \
--dst-entry=/tmp/mycomments.txt extract
The following command dumps the contents of meta/comments.txt (which is inside the single-file
backup my.mbi) to standard output.
mysqlbackup --backup-image=/var/my.mbi --src-entry=meta/comments.txt --dst-entry=- extract
Example 4.13 Selective Extract of Single Directory
The following command extracts a single directory meta from the backup image my.mbi into a local file
system path ./meta. All contents in the meta directory are extracted, including any subdirectories.
mysqlbackup --backup-image=/backup/my.mbi --src-entry=meta extract
The following command extracts all contents of the meta directory, including all its files and subdirectories,
into the directory /tmp/my-meta.
mysqlbackup --backup-image=/backup/my.mbi --src-entry=meta \
--dst-entry=/tmp/my-meta extract
Example 4.14 Dealing with Absolute Path Names
Since absolute pathnames are extracted to the same paths in local system, it could be a problem if you do
not have write permission for that path. You can remap absolute paths as follows:
mysqlbackup --backup-image=/backup/my.mbi --src-entry=/ --dst-entry=/myroot extract
mysqlbackup --backup-image=/backup/my.mbi --src-entry=. extract
The first command extracts all absolute paths to /myroot directory in the local system. The second
command extracts all relative paths to the current directory.
4.3.5.1 Streaming the Backup Data to Another Device or Server
To limit the storage overhead on the database server, you can transfer the backup data to a different
server without ever storing it locally. You can achieve that with a single-file backup. To send the single-
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file backup to standard output, use the mysqlbackup command backup-to-image without specifying
the --backup-image option. (You can also specify --backup-image=- to make it obvious that the
data is sent to stdout.) To stream the data, you use the single-file backup in combination with operating
system features such as pipes, ssh, scp, and so on, which take the input from standard output and create
an equivalent file on a remote system. You can either store the single-file backup directly on the remote
system, or invoke mysqlbackup with the image-to-backup-dir option on the other end to reproduce
the directory structure of a regular backup.
Example 4.15 Single-File Backup to a Remote Host
The following command streams the backup as a sinlge-file output to a remote host, where it may be saved
directly to a tape device. --backup-dir=/tmp designates the directory for storing temporary files rather
than the final output file.
mysqlbackup --backup-image=- --backup-dir=/tmp backup-to-image | \
ssh [email protected] command arg1 arg2...
For simplicity, all the connection and other necessary options are assumed to be specified in the default
configuration file. To have the desired operations run on the remote system, substitute the combination of
command, device, and so on that you use as part of your normal archiving procedure, such as dd or tar.
Example 4.16 Single-file Backup to a Remote MySQL Server
The following command streams the backup as a sinlge backup file to be restored on a remote MySQL
server:
mysqlbackup --backup-dir=backup --backup-image=- --compress backup-to-image | \
ssh <user name>@<remote host name> 'mysqlbackup --backup-dir=backup_tmp --datadir=/data \
--innodb_log_group_home_dir=. \
--innodb_log_files_in_group=<innodb_log_files_in_group_of_backedup_server> \
--innodb_log_file_size=<innodb_log_file_size_of_backedup_server> \
--innodb_data_file_path=<innodb_data_file_path_of_backedup_server> \
--uncompress --backup-image=- copy-back-and-apply-log'
Example 4.17 Stream a Backup Directory to a Remote MySQL Server
The following command streams a backup directory as a sinlge backup file to be restored on a remote
MySQL server:
mysqlbackup --backup-image=- --backup-dir=/path/to/my/backup backup-dir-to-image | \
ssh <user name>@<remote host name> \
'mysqlbackup --backup-dir=backup_tmp --datadir=/data --backup-image=- copy-back-and-apply-log'
4.3.5.2 Backing Up to Tape
Tape drives are affordable, high-capacity storage devices for backup data. MySQL Enterprise Backup can
interface with media management software (MMS) such as Oracle Secure Backup (OSB) to drive MySQL
backup and restore jobs. The media management software must support Version 2 or higher of the System
Backup to Tape (SBT) interface.
For information about doing tape backups in combination with MMS products such as Oracle Secure
Backup, see Chapter 9, Using MySQL Enterprise Backup with Media Management Software (MMS)
Products.
4.3.5.3 Backing Up to Cloud Storage
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MySQL Enterprise Backup supports cloud backups. Only single-file backups can be created on and
restored from cloud storage. All mysqlbackup options compatible with single-file operations (including,
for example, the --incremental, --compression, --partial, and --encryption options) can be used with cloud
backups or restores.
Currently, MySQL Enterprise Backup supports two types of cloud storage services: Amazon S3 and
OpenStack Object Storage (Swift).
MySQL Enterprise Backup 3.12 supports the Swift v1.0 API, and also the OpenStack Identity (Keystone)
API v2.0 for authentication. Also supports authentication using Swift's TempAuth system. Backups are
stored as dynamic large objects in Swift, with each backup larger than 5G being split into multiple parts
with names in the form of <object_name>_part_<number>. See the OpenStack documentation for
details.
A cloud backup is created using the cloud options for mysqlbackup, which are described in details in
Section 13.14, “Cloud Storage Options”. Here are some sample commands for creating a cloud backup:
Example 4.18 Creating a Cloud Backup on Amazon S3
mysqlbackup\
--cloud-service=s3 --cloud-aws-region=<aws region> \
--cloud-access-key-id=<aws access key id> --cloud-secret-access-key=< aws secret access key> \
--cloud-bucket=<s3 bucket name> --cloud-object-key=<aws object key> \
--backup-dir=/home/user/dba/s3backuptmpdir \
--backup-image=- \
backup-to-image
Example 4.19 Creating a Cloud Backup on an OpenStack Object Storage
This example uses the Keystone identity service for authenticating user credentials.
mysqlbackup \
--include-tables=testdb.t1 --use-tts=with-full-locking \
--cloud-service=openstack --cloud-container=<swift container> \
--cloud-user-id=<keystone user> --cloud-password=<keystone password> \
--cloud-region=<keystone region> --cloud-tenant=<keystone tenant> \
--cloud-identity-url=<keystone url> \
--cloud-trace=1 --cloud-object=image_800.mbi \
--backup-dir=/home/user/dba/s3backuptmpdir \
--backup-image=- \
backup-to-image
Besides backup-to-image, all other mysqlbackup operations for single-file backups (backup-dirto-image, list-image, validate, image-to-backup-dir, extract, copy-back, and copyback-and-apply-log) can also be performed with cloud storage. For example:
Example 4.20 Extract an Existing Image from Amazon S3 Cloud Storage to Backup Directory
Extract a backup image from Amazon S3, using the --backup-dir option to specify the directory into
which the image will be extracted:
mysqlbackup\
--cloud-service=s3 --cloud-aws-region=<aws region> \
--cloud-access-key-id=<aws access key id> --cloud-secret-access-key=< aws secret access key> \
--cloud-bucket=<s3 bucket name> --cloud-object-key=<aws object key> \
--backup-dir=/home/user/dba/s3backuptmpdir \
--backup-image=- \
image-to-backup-dir
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See Section 5.2.5, “Restoring a Backup from Cloud Storage to a MySQL Server” on how to restore a
backup image from a cloud storage.
4.3.6 Making an Optimistic Backup
Optimistic backup is a feature introduced in MySQL Enterprise Backup 3.11 for improving performance for
backing up and restoring huge databases in which only a small number of tables are modified frequently.
During a hot backup of a huge database (say, in the order of terabytes), huge redo log files could be
generated on the server when the backup is in progress. As the redo log files grow faster than they can be
processed by mysqlbackup, the backup operation can actually fail when mysqlbackup cannot catch up
with the redo log cycles and LSNs get overwritten by the server before they are read by mysqlbackup.
Moreover, the apply-log step for preparing a backup for restoration can take a very long time as
mysqlbackup has huge ibbackup_logfile files (created from the big redo log files) to apply to the
backup. The problems are intensified when the I/O resources available for reading and writing the redo
logs are scarce during the backup and restoration processes.
Optimistic backup relieves the problems by dividing the backup process into two internal phases, which are
transparent to the users:
1. Optimistic phase: In this first phase, tables that are unlikely to be modified during the backup process
(referred to as the “inactive tables” below, identified by the user with the optimistic-time option or,
by exclusion, with the optimistic-busy-tables option) are backed up without locking the MySQL
instance. And because those tables are not expected to be changed before the backup is finished, redo
logs, undo logs, and system table spaces are not backed up by mysqlbackup in this phase.
2. Normal phase: In this second phase, tables that are not backed up in the first phase (referred to as the
“busy tables” below) are being backed up in a manner similar to how they are processed in an ordinary
backup: the InnoDB files are copied first, and then other relevant files and copied or processed with the
MySQL instance locked. The redo logs, undo logs, and the system tablespace are also backed up in
this phase.
An optimistic backup occurs whenever the optimistic-time or optimistic-busy-tables option
is used. For how to use the options, see detailed descriptions for them in Section 13.10, “Performance /
Scalability / Capacity Options”. If, as expected, the inactive tables identified by the options are not changed
a lot during the backup, the overall backup time (time for the backup operation plus time for the applylog operation) can be reduced significantly comparing with an ordinary backup because the apply-log
operation will be much faster. However, if it turns out that the inactive tables identified are modified a lot
during the backup process, benefits of performing an optimistic back up will become limited and, in the
worst case, an optimistic backup might actually take longer to perform and, for a single-file backup, the size
of the backup will be larger when comparing with an ordinary backup. Therefore, users should be careful in
identifying which tables are “inactive” and which are “busy” when trying to perform an optimistic backup.
Note
An optimistic backup cannot be performed for an incremental backup or a backup
using transportable tablespaces (TTS).
The following examples illustrate how to make an optimistic backup.
Example 4.21 Optimistic Backup Using the Option optimistic-time=YYMMDDHHMMSS
In this example, tables that have been modified since the noon of May 16, 2011 are treated as busy tables
and backed up in the normal phase of an optimistic backup, and all other tables are backed up in the
optimistic phase:
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mysqlbackup --defaults-file=/etc/my.cnf --optimistic-time=110516120000 backup
Example 4.22 Optimistic Backup Using the Option optimistic-time=now
In this example, all tables are treated as inactive tables and backed up in the optimistic phase of an
optimistic backup:
mysqlbackup --defaults-file=/etc/my.cnf --optimistic-time=now backup
Example 4.23 Optimistic Backup Using the optimistic-busy-tables Option
In this example, tables in mydatabase that are suffixed by mytables- in their names are treated as busy
tables and backed up in the normal phase of an optimistic backup, and all other tables are backed up in the
optimistic phase:
mysqlbackup --defaults-file=/etc/my.cnf --optimistic-busy-tables='mydatabase\.mytables-.*'
backup
When you use both the optimistic-time and optimistic-busy-tables options and they come into
conflict on determining which tables are to be busy tables, optimistic-busy-tables takes precedence
over optimistic-time. For example:
Example 4.24 Optimistic and Partial Backup Using both the optimistic-busy-tables and
optimistic-time Options
In this example, tables in mydatabase that are suffixed by mytables- in their names are treated as busy
tables and backed up in the normal phase, even if they have not been modified since May 16, 2010, the
time specified by optimistic-time:
mysqlbackup --defaults-file=/etc/my.cnf --optimistic-busy-tables='mydatabase\.mytables-.*'
--optimistic-time=100516 backup
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4.3.7 Making a Back Up of In-Memory Database Data
The --exec-when-locked option of mysqlbackup lets you specify a command (together with the
desired command arguments) to run near the end of the backup while the database is still locked. This
command can copy or create additional files in the backup directory. For example, you can use this option
to back up MEMORY tables with the mysqldump command, storing the output in the backup directory. To
delay any redirection or variable substitution until the command is executed, enclose the entire option
value within single quotes.
4.3.8 Making Scheduled Backups
Maintaining a regular backup schedule is an important measure for preventing data loss for you MySQL
server. This section discusses some simple means for setting up a schedule for running MySQL Enterprise
Backup.
For Linux and other Unix-like platforms: you can set up a cron job on your system for scheduled backups.
There are two types of cron jobs: to set up a user cron job, which is owned and run by a particular user, do
the following:
• Log on as the user who runs MySQL Enterprise Backup and use the following command to invoke an
editor for creating (or modifying) a crontab:
shell> crontab -e
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• In the editor, add an entry similar to the following one to the crontab, and then save your changes:
@daily /path-to-mysqlbackup/mysqlbackup -uroot --backup-dir=/path-to-backup-folder/cronbackups --with-tim
This crontab entries invokes mysqlbackup to create a backup under the cronbackups directory at
00:00:00 everyday. Outputs from the stderr and stdout streams are redirected to /dev/null/, so they
will not invoke other actions on the part of the Cron server (for example, email notifications to the user).
To set up a system cron job, which is owned and run by root, create a file under the /etc/cron.d folder
and put into it a similar crontab entry as the one above, adding the user (root in the following example)
before the mysqlbackup command:
@daily root /path-to-mysqlbackup/mysqlbackup -uroot --backup-dir=/path-to-backup-folder/cronbackups --with-
Check your platform's documentation on further details on the different ways to set up cron jobs for various
types of schedules.
For Windows platforms: Use the Task Scheduler for the purpose. Check the documentation for you
Windows platform for instructions.
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Chapter 5 Recovering or Restoring a Database
The ultimate purpose of backup data is to help recover from a database issue or to create a clone of the
original database in another location (typically, to run report queries or to create a new replication slave).
This section describes the procedures to handle those scenarios.
After a serious database issue, you might need to perform a recovery under severe time pressure. It is
critical to confirm in advance:
• How long the recovery will take, including any steps to transfer, unpack, and otherwise process the data.
• That you have practiced and documented all steps of the recovery process, so that you can do it
correctly in one try. If a hardware issue requires restoring the data to a different server, verify all
privileges, storage capacity, and so on, on that server ahead of time.
• That you have periodically verified the accuracy and completeness of the backup data, so that the
system will be up and running soon after being recovered.
5.1 Preparing the Backup to be Restored
Immediately after the backup job completes, the backup files might not be in a consistent state, because
data could be inserted, updated, or deleted while the backup is running. These initial backup files are
known as the raw backup. You must update the backup files so that they reflect the state of the database
corresponding to a specific InnoDB log sequence number (the same kind of operation takes place during a
crash recovery). When this step is complete, these final files are known as the prepared backup.
During the backup, mysqlbackup copies the accumulated InnoDB log to a file called
ibbackup_logfile. This log file is used to “roll forward” the backed-up data files, so that every page in
the data files corresponds to the same log sequence number of the InnoDB log. This phase also creates
new ib_logfiles that correspond to the data files.
The mysqlbackup option for turning a raw backup into a prepared backup is apply-log. You can run
this step on the same database server where you did the backup, or transfer the raw backup files to a
different system first, to limit the CPU and storage overhead on the database server.
Note
Since the apply-log operation does not modify any of the original files in
the backup, nothing is lost if the operation fails for some reason (for example,
insufficient disk space). After fixing the problem, you can safely retry apply-log
and by specifying the --force [99] option, which allows the data and log files
created by the failed apply-log operation to be overwritten.
For simple backups (which are not compressed and non-incremental), you can combine the initial backup
and the apply-log steps using the backup-and-apply-log command.
You can also perform apply-log and copy-back (which restores the prepared backup) with a single
copy-back-and-apply-log command.
Example 5.1 Applying the Log to a Backup
This example runs mysqlbackup to roll forward the data files so that the data is ready to be restored:
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mysqlbackup --backup-dir=/export/backups/2011-06-21__8-36-58 apply-log
That command creates InnoDB log files (ib_logfile*) within the backup directory and applies log
records to the InnoDB data files (ibdata* and *.ibd).
Example 5.2 Applying the Log to a Compressed Backup
If the backup is compressed, as in Section 4.3.3, “Making a Compressed Backup”, specify the -uncompress option to mysqlbackup when applying the log to the backup:
mysqlbackup --backup-dir=/export/backups/compressed --uncompress apply-log
Example 5.3 Applying an Incremental Backup to a Full Backup
After you take an incremental backup as described in Section 4.3.2, “Making a Differential or Incremental
Backup”, the changes reflected in those backup files must be applied to a full backup to bring the full
backup up-to-date, in the same way that you apply changes from the binary log.
To bring the data files from the full backup up to date, first run the apply log step so that the data files will
include any changes that occurred while the full backup was running. Then apply the changes from the
incremental backup to the data files produced by the full backup:
mysqlbackup --backup-dir=/export/backups/full apply-log
mysqlbackup --backup-dir=/export/backups/full \
--incremental-backup-dir=/export/backups/incremental \
apply-incremental-backup
Now the data files in the full-backup directory are fully up-to-date as of the time of the incremental
backup.
5.2 Performing a Restore Operation
The mysqlbackup options to perform a restore operation are copy-back and copy-back-andapply-log. The restoration process requires the database server to be already shut down (except for
restorations of backups created with the --use-tts option; see explanations below). The process copies
the data files, logs, and other backed-up files from the backup directory back to their original locations,
and performs any required post-processing on them. For any restore operation, the options datadir,
innodb_log_files_in_group, innodb_log_file_size, and innodb_data_file_path must
be specified either in the target server's configuration file, in the file specified by the --defaults-file
option, or as command-line options.
Example 5.4 Shutting Down and Restoring a Database
mysqladmin --user=root --password shutdown
mysqlbackup --defaults-file=/usr/local/mysql/my.cnf \
--backup-dir=/export/backups/full \
copy-back
Note
The restored data includes the backup_history table, where MySQL Enterprise
Backup records details of each backup. The table allows you to perform future
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incremental backups using the --incremental-base=history:last_backup
option.
Important
When performing a full restore (for example, when the backup data is used to set
up a new MySQL server or used to replace all data of an existing MySQL server),
make sure the target data directories are all clean, containing no old or unwanted
data files (this might require manual removal of files at the locations specified by
both the --datadir and --innodb_data_file_path options); otherwise, add
the --force [99] option to the restore command to overwrite the old data. The
same cleanup is not required for restoring backups created with the--use-tts
option (in which case other requirements described in Section 5.2.4, “Restoring
Backups Created with the --use-tts Option”, apply though), and usually not
necessary for restoring a partial backup.
You can combine the apply-log and the copy-back operations (as well as a number of other
operations, depending on the kind of backup you are restoring) into a single step by using the copyback-and-apply-log option instead:
Example 5.5 Restoring a Backup Directory using copy-back-and-apply-log
mysqlbackup --defaults-file=/usr/local/mysql/my.cnf \
--backup-dir=/export/backups/full \
copy-back-and-apply-log
Example 5.6 Restoring a Single-file Backup using copy-back-and-apply-log
mysqlbackup --defaults-file=<backupDir>/backup-my.cnf -uroot --backup-image=<image_name> \
--backup-dir=<backupTmpDir> --datadir=<restoreDir> copy-back-and-apply-log
The --backup-dir option specifies the temporary directory into which the backup image will be
extracted.
Note
Due to a known issue (Bug# 20485910), restoring a partial image backup created
with MySQL Enterprise Backup 3.11 or earlier requires using the --force option.
The following subsections describes a number of different scenarios for restoring a backup.
5.2.1 Restoring a Compressed Backup
Restore a compressed backup at <backupDir> to <restoreDir> on the server using copy-backand-apply-log:
Example 5.7 Restoring a Compressed Backup
mysqlbackup --defaults-file=<my.cnf> -uroot --backup-dir=<backupDir> --datadir=<restoreDir> \
--uncompress copy-back-and-apply-log
Do the same for a compressed backup image named <image_name>, using the --backup-dir option to
specify the temporary directory into which the image will be extracted:
mysqlbackup --defaults-file=<backupDir>/backup-my.cnf -uroot --backup-image=<image_name> \
--backup-dir=<backupTmpDir> --datadir=<restoreDir> --uncompress copy-back-and-apply-log
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See Section 4.3.3, “Making a Compressed Backup” and Section 13.6, “Compression Options” for more
details on compressed backups.
5.2.2 Restoring an Encrypted Backup Image
Restore an encrypted backup image named <image_name> to <restoreDir> on the server with copyback-and-apply-log, using the encryption key contained in a file named <keyFile> :
Example 5.8 Restoring an Encrypted Backup Image
mysqlbackup --defaults-file=<backupDir>/backup-my.cnf --backup-image=<image_name> \
--backup-dir=<backupTmpDir> --datadir=<restoreDir> --decrypt --key-file=<keyFile> copy-back-and-apply-log
See Section 13.13, “Encryption Options” for more details on backup encryption and decryption.
5.2.3 Restoring an Incremental Backup
There are different ways to use incremental backups to restore a database under different scenarios.
The preferred method is to first restore the full backup and make it up-to-date to the time at which the full
backup was performed using the copy-back-and-apply-log command (see Example 5.5, “Restoring
a Backup Directory using copy-back-and-apply-log” or Example 5.6, “Restoring a Single-file Backup
using copy-back-and-apply-log” on how to do it); then use copy-back-and-apply-log again to
restore the incremental backup image on top of the full backup that was just restored:
Example 5.9 Restoring an Incremental Backup Image
mysqlbackup --defaults-file=<backupDir>/backup-my.cnf -uroot --backup-image=<inc_image_name> \
--incremental-backup-dir=<incBackupTmpDir> --datadir=<restoreDir> --incremental \
copy-back-and-apply-log
In this example, the incremental backup image named <inc_image_name> was restored to
<restoreDir> on the server (where the full backup that the incremental backup image was based on
has already been restored). The --incremental-backup-dir option is used to specify the temporary
directory into which the image will be extracted (you can use --backup-dir for the same purpose).
Repeat the step with other incremental backup images that you have, until the data has been restored to a
desired point in time.
Alternatively you can bring your full backup up-to-date with your incremental backup. First, apply to the full
backup any changes that occurred while the backup was running:
$ mysqlbackup --backup-dir=/full-backup/2010-12-08_17-14-11 apply-log
..many lines of output...
101208 17:15:10 mysqlbackup: Full backup prepared for recovery successfully!
101208 17:15:10 mysqlbackup: mysqlbackup completed OK!
Then, we apply the changes from the incremental backup:
$ mysqlbackup --incremental-backup-dir=/incr-backup/2010-12-08_17-14-48
--backup-dir=/full-backup/2010-12-08_17-14-11 apply-incremental-backup
...many lines of output...
101208 17:15:12 mysqlbackup: mysqlbackup completed OK!
Now, the data files in the full backup directory are fully up-to-date, as of the time of the last incremental
backup. You can keep updating it with more incremental backups, so it is ready to be restored anytime.
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When an incremental backup is being restored using either the copy-back-and-apply-log or applyincremental-backup command, the binary log (and also the relay log, in the case of a slave server), if
included in the incremental backup, is also restored to the target server by default. This default behavior is
overridden when either (1) the --skip-binlog option (or the --skip-relaylog option for the relay log)
is used with the restore command, or (2) if the full backup the incremental backup was based on or any
prior incremental backup that came in between the full backup and this incremental backup has the binary
log (or relay log) missing.
See Section 4.3.2, “Making a Differential or Incremental Backup”, and Section 13.7, “Incremental Backup
Options”, for more details on incremental backups.
5.2.4 Restoring Backups Created with the --use-tts Option
There are some special requirements for restoring backups created with transportable tablespaces (TTS)
(that is, created with the --use-tts option):
• The destination server must be running.
• Make sure that the required parameters for connecting to the server (port number, socket name, etc.)
are provided as command-line options for mysqlbackup, or are specified in the [client] section of a
default file.
• The destination server must be using the same page size that was used on the server on which the
backup was made.
• The innodb_file_per_table option must be enabled on the destination server.
• The tables being restored must not exist on the destination server.
• A restore fails if the InnoDB file format of a per-table data file (.ibd file) to be restored does not
match the value of the innodb_file_format system variable on the destination server. In that
case, use the --force [99] option with the restore commands to change temporarily the value of
innodb_file_format on the server, in order to allow restores of per-table data files regardless of their
format.
Selected tables can be restored from a backup created with transportable tablespaces (TTS) using the -include-tables and --exclude-tables options. The following command restores all tables in the
“sales” database from the backup, but excludes the table with the name “hardware” :
Example 5.10 Restoring Selected Tables from a TTS Backup
mysqlbackup --socket=/tmp/restoreserver.sock --datadir=/logs/restoreserverdata --backup-dir=/logs/backup \
--include-tables='^sales\.' --exclude-tables='^sales\.hardware$' copy-back-and-apply-log
This following commands rename a table when restoring it from a TTS Backup by using the --rename
option:
Example 5.11 Restoring and Renaming a Table from a TTS Backup
# Using fully qualified table names:
mysqlbackup --socket=/tmp/restoreserver.sock --datadir=/logs/restoreserverdata --backup-dir=/logs/backup \
--include-tables='^sales\.cars' --rename="sales.cars to sales.autos" copy-back-and-apply-log
# It works the same if database names are omitted in the argument for --rename:
mysqlbackup --socket=/tmp/restoreserver.sock --datadir=/logs/restoreserverdata --backup-dir=/logs/backup \
--include-tables='^sales\.cars' --rename="cars to autos" copy-back-and-apply-log
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5.2.5 Restoring a Backup from Cloud Storage to a MySQL Server
To restore a backup image from cloud storage to datadir on the server, use the cloud storage options,
and the --backup-dir option to specify the temporary directory into which the image will be extracted:
Example 5.12 Restoring a Single-file Backup from Amazon S3 to a MySQL Server
mysqlbackup\
--defaults-file=/bkups/backupdir/backupmy.cnf \
--cloud-service=s3 --cloud-aws-region=<aws region> \
--cloud-access-key-id=<aws access key id> --cloud-secret-access-key=< aws secret access key> \
--cloud-bucket=<s3 bucket name> --cloud-object-key=<aws object key> \
--backup-dir=/home/user/dba/s3backuptmpdir \
--datadir=/home/user/dba/datadir \
--backup-image=- \
copy-back-and-apply-log
Example 5.13 Restoring a Single-file Backup from an OpenStack Object Storage to a MySQL Server
mysqlbackup \
--defaults-file=/bkups/backupdir/backupmy.cnf \
--cloud-service=openstack --cloud-container=<swift container> \
--cloud-user-id=<keystone user> --cloud-password=<keystone password> \
--cloud-region=<keystone region> --cloud-tenant=<keystone tenant> \
--cloud-identity-url=<keystone url> --cloud-object=image_800.mbi \
--backup-dir=/home/user/dba/swiftbackuptmpdir \
--datadir=/home/user/dba/datadir \
--backup-image=- \
copy-back-and-apply-log
5.3 Point-in-Time Recovery from a Hot Backup
Using MySQL Enterprise Backup and the binary log [10] files included by default in the incremental
backups it creates, you can restore your database to its state at an arbitrary time tR in between a full
backup and an incremental backup or in between two incremental backups. To do so:
1. Binary logging must be enabled in MySQL before taking the full backup that serves as the base for this
restore operation.
2. Using the full and incremental backups that were created before tR, restore the database to a time
as close to tR as possible and note that time (let us call it tLB). Make sure the restored database is in
a consistent state. This can be achieved by, for example, using the copy-back-and-apply-log
command for backup restore.
3. Roll forward the database to its state at the desired time tR using the binary log [10] file[s] included in
the incremental backup that covers tR. Use the mysqlbinlog utility to extract from the binary log [10]
file[s] all the SQL activities that happened in between the tLB (which you noted in step 3) and tR,
specifying those times with the --start-datetime and --stop-datetime options, and pipe the
output to the mysql client, to be replayed on the server:
mysqlbinlog --start-datetime="tLB" \
--stop-datetime="tR" \
binlog.000005 binlog.000006 binlog.000007
|
mysql -u root -p
An alternative is to identify the beginning and endpoint of the extraction not by the start and stop times,
but by their corresponding binary log positions:
mysqlbinlog --start-position="binary-log-position-corresponding-to-tLB" \
--stop-position="binary-log-position-corresponding-to-tR" \
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binlog.000005 binlog.000006 binlog.000007
|
mysql -u root -p
Note that you need to pipe all the binary log files in a single connection to the server. You can also
dump all the SQL activities to a single file first, and then pipe or play the file to the mysql client.
For more tips on using the binary log for point-in-time recovery, see Point-in-Time (Incremental) Recovery
Using the Binary Log.
5.4 Restoring a Backup with a Database Upgrade or Downgrade
You can facilitate a server upgrade or downgrade by using MySQL Enterprise Backup to make a backup
of your server data, restore it to a data directory, and start a different version of MySQL server on the old
data. However, you may encounter technical challenges during a server upgrade or downgrade, and it is
beyond the function of MySQL Enterprise Backup, as a backup tool, to ensure a successful server upgrade
or downgrade. Users interested in the topic are advised to consult the MySQL server manual, especially
the Upgrading MySQL and Downgrading MySQL sections.
Here are a number of things that users should pay attention to when restoring a backup with a database
upgrade or downgrade:
• Restoring a database to an older MySQL version (i.e., server downgrading) should only be performed
when the original and the final server versions are in the same release series (for example, going from
5.5.30 to 5.5.29). Downgrading to a lower series (for example, from 5.6.33 to 5.5.33) might cause server
crashes or data corruption.
• After upgrading between certain combinations of MySQL versions, you might see error messages about
missing or mismatching definitions for system tables. Use the mysql_upgrade command as you are
directed in the upgrade instructions to correct such issues. See mysql_upgrade — Check and Upgrade
MySQL Tables for instructions on this command.
• Due to the changes to the InnoDB storage engine going from MySQL 5.5 to 5.6, restoring a backup of a
MySQL 5.5 database to a MySQL 5.6 server requires some extra steps beyond the general restore and
upgrade procedures, and skipping those steps will crash the target server. For such a restore, follow the
steps below:
• Back up the data on the MySQL 5.5 server.
• Restore the data to the directory you plan to use as the MySQL 5.6 server's data directory by running
an apply-log and then a copy-back operation on the backup.
• Restart the MySQL 5.5 server, using the intended data directory for the MySQL 5.6 server as its own
data directory.
Note
This is an extra step beyond the normal restore and upgrade procedures,
special to the restoration of MySQL 5.5 data to MySQL 5.6 server; with it,
the MySQL 5.5 server prepares the data for an upgrade to MySQL 5.6 by
performing some clean-up steps on the data, similar to what the server would
do during a crash recovery.
• Stop the MySQL 5.5 server.
• Install the MySQL 5.6 server.
• Start the MySQL 5.6 server.
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• Run upgrade steps as documented in the MySQL reference manual on the restored data. Make sure
the mysql_upgrade that comes with MySQL 5.6 is applied.
• Check data.
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Chapter 6 Using MySQL Enterprise Backup with Replication
Backup and restore operations are especially important in systems that use MySQL replication to
synchronize data across a master server and a set of slave servers. In a replication configuration, MySQL
Enterprise Backup helps you to deal with entire system images to set up new slave servers, or to restore a
master server in an efficient way that avoids unnecessary work for the slave servers. Having multiple slave
servers to choose from gives you more flexibility about where to perform backups. When the binary log is
enabled, you have more flexibility about restoring to a point in time, even a time that is later than the last
backup.
GTID support with MySQL Server 5.6 and above
MySQL Enterprise Backup supports the GTID feature of MySQL 5.6:
• The GTID feature is compatible with the CSV tables that mysqlbackup uses to log job progress and
history.
• When a server using the GTID feature is backed up, mysqlbackup produces a file
gtid_executed.sql as part of the backup data. This file contains a SQL statement that sets the
GTID_PURGED configuration option. Execute this file using the mysql command line after restoring the
backup data on a slave server. Optionally, you can uncomment the CHANGE MASTER command in this
file and add any needed authentication parameters to it, before running it through mysql.
• For servers not using GTIDs, you can use the --slave-info option as before, then edit and execute
the ibbackup_slave_info file afterward.
6.1 Setting Up a New Replication Slave
If you use MySQL replication, MySQL Enterprise Backup allows you to set up a slave database without
stopping the master, by backing up the master and restoring that backup on a new slave server.
1. Take the backup, transfer it to the slave server, use mysqlbackup with the apply-log option to
prepare it, and put the restored backup and the log files in the right directories for the new slave.
2. Edit the my.cnf file of the new slave and put skip-slave-start and event_scheduler=off
under the [mysqld] section.
3. Start the new slave mysqld (version >= 5.1). It prints the latest MySQL binary log position the backup
knows of.
…
InnoDB: Last MySQL binlog file position 0 128760128, file name ./hundin-bin.006
…
Note that InnoDB only stores the binary log position information to its tablespace at a transaction
commit. To make InnoDB aware of the current binary log position, you must run at least one
transaction while binary logging is enabled.
4. Use the CHANGE MASTER SQL command on the slave to initialize it properly. For example:
CHANGE MASTER TO
MASTER_LOG_FILE='hundin-bin.006',
MASTER_LOG_POS=128760128;
5. Set the statuses of any events that were copied from the master to SLAVESIDE_DISABLED. For
example:
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mysql> UPDATE mysql.event SET status = 'SLAVESIDE_DISABLED';
6. Remove the line skip-slave-start and event_scheduler=off entries you added to the my.cnf
file of the slave in step 2.
7. Restart the slave server. Replication stars.
6.2 Backing up and Restoring a Slave Database
To backup a slave database, add the --slave-info option to your backup command.
To restore the backup on a slave server, follow the same steps outlined in Section 6.1, “Setting Up a New
Replication Slave”.
Warning
In a statement-based replication (SBR) setting (see Replication Formats for
details), whenever the SQL thread for the slave is stopped (for example, during a
slave shutdown that has to occur when you restore a backup to a slave server),
all temporary tables that are open then will not get replicated on the slave (see
Replication and Temporary Tables for details). That means it is not always safe to
backup a slave server in an SBR setting with mysqlbackup if temporary tables
might be created on the master, as the temporary tables might be missing from the
backup, making it inconsistent. Therefore, only use mysqlbackup with an SBR
slave if you know no temporary tables are created on the master.
6.3 Restoring a Master Database
To fix a corruption problem in a replication master database, you can restore the backup, taking care not to
propagate unnecessary SQL operations to the slave servers:
1. Using the backup of the master database, do the apply-log operation, shut down the database, and
do the copy-back operation.
2. Edit the master my.cnf file and comment out log-bin, so that the slaves do not receive twice the
binary log needed to recover the master.
3. Replication in the slaves must be stopped temporarily while you pipe the binary log to the master. In the
slaves, do:
mysql> STOP SLAVE;
4. Start the master mysqld on the restored backup:
$ mysqld
…
InnoDB: Doing recovery: scanned up to log sequence number 0 64300044
InnoDB: Last MySQL binlog file position 0 5585832, file name
./omnibook-bin.002
…
InnoDB prints the binary log file (./omnibook-bin.002 in this case) and the position (5585832 in
this case) it was able to recover to.
5. Pipe the remaining of the binary log files to the restored backup. For example, if there are two more
binary log files, omnibook-bin.003 and omnibook-bin.004 that come after omnibook-bin.002,
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pipe them all with a single connection to the server (see Point-in-Time (Incremental) Recovery Using
the Binary Log for more instructions on using mysqlbinlog):
$ mysqlbinlog --start-position=5585833 /mysqldatadir/omnibook-bin.002 \
/mysqldatadir/omnibook-bin.003 /mysqldatadir/omnibook-bin.004 | mysql
The number of remaining binary log files varies depending on the length of the timespan between the
last backup and the time to which you want to bring the database up to date. The longer the timespan,
the more remaining binary log files there may be. All the binary log files, containing all the continuous
binary log positions in that timespan, are required for a successful restore.
6. The master database is now recovered. Shut down the master and edit my.cnf to uncomment logbin.
7. Start the master again.
8. Start replication in the slaves again:
mysql> START SLAVE;
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Chapter 7 Performance Considerations for MySQL Enterprise
Backup
7.1 Optimizing Backup Performance
This section describes the performance considerations for backup operations with the MySQL Enterprise
Backup product. When optimizing and tuning the backup procedure, measure both the raw performance
(how long it takes the backup to complete) and the amount of overhead on the database server. When
measuring backup performance, consider:
• The limits imposed by your backup procedures. For example, if you take a backup every 8 hours, the
backup must take less than 8 hours to finish.
• The limits imposed by your network and storage infrastructure. For example, if you need to fit many
backups on a particular storage device, you might use compressed backups, even if that made the
backup process slower.
• The tradeoff between backup time and restore time. You might choose a set of options resulting
in a slightly slower backup, if those options enable the restore to be much faster. See Section 7.2,
“Optimizing Restore Performance” for performance information for the restore process.
Full or Incremental Backup
After taking a full backup, subsequent backups can be performed more quickly by doing incremental
backups, where only the changed data is backed up. For an incremental backup, specify the -incremental or --incremental-with-redo-log-only option to mysqlbackup. See Section 13.7,
“Incremental Backup Options” for information about these options. For usage instructions for the backup
and apply stages of incremental backups, see Section 4.3.2, “Making a Differential or Incremental Backup”
and Example 5.3, “Applying an Incremental Backup to a Full Backup”.
Compressed Backup
Compressing the backup data before transmitting it to another server involves additional CPU overhead
on the database server where the backup takes place, but less network traffic and less disk I/O on the
server that is the final destination for the backup data. Consider the load on your database server, the
bandwidth of your network, and the relative capacities of the database and destination servers when
deciding whether or not to use compression. See Section 4.3.3, “Making a Compressed Backup” and
Section 13.6, “Compression Options” for information about creating compressed backups.
Compression involves a tradeoff between backup performance and restore performance. In an emergency,
the time needed to uncompress the backup data before restoring it might be unacceptable. There
might also be storage issues if there is not enough free space on the database server to hold both the
compressed backup and the uncompressed data. Thus, the more critical the data is, the more likely that
you might choose not to use compression: accepting a slower, larger backup to ensure that the restore
process is as fast and reliable as possible.
Single-File Backups
The single-file backup by itself is not necessarily faster than the traditional type of backup that produces
a directory tree of output files. Its performance advantage comes from combining different steps that you
might otherwise have to perform in sequence, such as combining the backup data into a single output file
and transferring it to another server. See Section 12.5, “Single-File Backup Operations” for the options
related to single-file backups, and Section 4.3.5, “Making a Single-File Backup” for usage instructions.
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InnoDB Configuration Options Settings
Prior to MySQL 5.5, it was common practice to keep the redo logs fairly small to avoid long startup
times when the MySQL server was killed rather than shut down normally. In MySQL 5.5 and higher, the
performance of crash recovery is significantly improved, as explained in Optimizing InnoDB Configuration
Variables. With those releases, you can make your redo log files bigger if that helps your backup strategy
and your database workload.
As discussed later, there are a number of reasons why you might prefer to run with the setting
innodb_file_per_table=1.
Parallel Backup
mysqlbackup can take advantage of modern multicore CPUs and operating system threads to perform
backup operations in parallel. See Section 13.10, “Performance / Scalability / Capacity Options” for the
options to control how many threads are used for different aspects of the backup process. If you see that
there is unused system capacity during backups, consider increasing the values for these options and
testing whether doing so increases backup performance:
• When tuning and testing backup performance using a RAID storage configuration, consider the
combination of option settings --read-threads=3 --process-threads=6 --write-threads=3.
Compare against the combination --read-threads=1 --process-threads=6 --writethreads=1.
• When tuning and testing backup performance using a non-RAID storage configuration, consider the
combination of option settings --read-threads=1 --process-threads=6 --write-threads=1.
• When you increase the values for any of the 3 “threads” options, also increase the value of the -limit-memory option, to give the extra threads enough memory to do their work.
• If the CPU is not too busy (less than 80% CPU utilization), increase the value of the --processthreads option.
• If the storage device that you are backing up from (the source drive) can handle more I/O requests,
increase the value of the --read-threads option.
• If the storage device that you are backing up to (the destination drive) can handle more I/O requests,
increase the value of the --write-threads option.
Depending on your operating system, you can measure resource utilization using commands such as top,
iostat, sar, dtrace, or a graphical performance monitor. Do not increase the number of read or write
threads iowait once the system iowait value reaches approximately 20%.
MyISAM Considerations
Important
• Although mysqlbackup backs up InnoDB tables without interrupting database
use, the final stage that copies non-InnoDB files (such as MyISAM tables and
.frm files) temporarily puts the database into a read-only state, using the
statement FLUSH TABLES WITH READ LOCK. For best backup performance
and minimal impact on database processing:
1. Do not run long SELECT queries or other SQL statements at the time of the
backup run.
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2. Keep your MyISAM tables relatively small and primarily for read-only or readmostly work.
Then the locked phase at the end of a mysqlbackup run is short (maybe a
few seconds), and does not disturb the normal processing of mysqld much. If
the preceding conditions are not met in your database application, use the -only-innodb or --only-innodb-with-frm option to back up only InnoDB
tables, or use the --no-locking option to back up non-InnoDB files. Note that
MyISAM, .frm, and other files copied under the --no-locking setting cannot
be guaranteed to be consistent, if they are updated during this final phase of the
backup.
• For a large database, a backup run might take a long time. Always check
that mysqlbackup has completed successfully, either by verifying that
mysqlbackup returned exit code 0, or by observing that mysqlbackup has
printed the text “mysqlbackup completed OK!”.
• mysqlbackup is not the same as the former “MySQL Backup” open source
project from the MySQL 6.0 source tree. The MySQL Enterprise Backup product
supersedes the MySQL Backup initiative.
• Schedule backups during periods when no DDL operations involving tables
are running. See Section B.1, “Limitations of MySQL Enterprise Backup” for
restrictions on backups at the same time as DDL operations.
Network Performance
For data processing operations, you might know the conventional advice that Unix sockets are faster
than TCP/IP for communicating with the database. Although the mysqlbackup command supports the
options --protocol=tcp, --protocol=socket, and --protocol=pipe, these options do not have
a significant effect on backup or restore performance. These processes involve file-copy operations rather
than client/server network traffic. The database communication controlled by the --protocol option is
low-volume. For example, mysqlbackup retrieves information about database parameters through the
database connection, but not table or index data.
Data Size
If certain tables or databases contain non-critical information, or are rarely updated, you can leave them
out of your most frequent backups and back them up on a less frequent schedule. See Section 13.8,
“Partial Backup and Restore Options” for information about the relevant options, and Section 4.3.4,
“Making a Partial Backup” for instructions about leaving out data from specific tables, databases, or
storage engines. Partial backups are faster because they copy, compress, and transmit a smaller volume
of data.
To minimize the overall size of InnoDB data files, consider enabling the MySQL configuration option
innodb_file_per_table. This option can minimize data size for InnoDB tables in several ways:
• It prevents the InnoDB system tablespace from ballooning in size, allocating disk space that
can afterwards only be used by MySQL. For example, sometimes huge amounts of data are
only needed temporarily, or are loaded by mistake or during experimentation. Without the
innodb_file_per_table option, the system tablespace expands to hold all this data, and never
shrinks afterward.
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• It immediately frees the disk space taken up by an InnoDB table and its indexes when the table is
dropped or truncated. Each table and its associated indexes are represented by a .ibd file that is deleted
or emptied by these DDL operations.
• It allows unused space within a .ibd file to be reclaimed by the OPTIMIZE TABLE statement, when
substantial amounts of data are removed or indexes are dropped.
• It enables partial backups where you back up some InnoDB tables and not others, as discussed in
Section 4.3.4, “Making a Partial Backup”.
Avoid creating indexes that are not used by queries. Because indexes take up space in the backup data,
unnecessary indexes slow down the backup process. (The copying and scanning mechanisms used by
mysqlbackup do not rely on indexes to do their work.) For example, it is typically not helpful to create an
index on each column of a table, because only one index is used by any query. Because the primary key
columns are included in each InnoDB secondary index, it wastes space to define primary keys composed
of numerous or lengthy columns, or multiple secondary indexes with different permutations of the same
columns.
The Apply-Log Phase
If you store the backup data on a separate machine, and that machine is not as busy the machine hosting
the database server, you can offload some postprocessing work (the apply-log phase) to that separate
machine. Section 12.2, “Apply-Log Operations”
There is always a performance tradeoff between doing the apply-log phase immediately after the initial
backup (makes restore faster), or postponing it until right before the restore (makes backup faster). In
an emergency, restore performance is the most important consideration. Thus, the more crucial the data
is, the more important it is to run the apply-log phase immediately after the backup. Either combine the
backup and apply-log phases on the same server by specifying the backup-and-apply-log option, or
perform the fast initial backup, transfer the backup data to another server, and then perform the apply-log
phase using one of the options from Section 12.2, “Apply-Log Operations”.
7.2 Optimizing Restore Performance
This section describes the performance considerations for restore operations with the MySQL Enterprise
Backup product. This subject is important enough to deserve its own section, separate from the discussion
of backup performance, because:
• The restore operation is the phase of the backup-restore cycle that tends to vary substantially between
different backup methods. For example, backup performance might be acceptable using mysqldump,
but mysqldump typically takes much longer than MySQL Enterprise Backup for a restore operation.
• The restore operation is often performed during an emergency, where it is critical to minimize the
downtime of the application or web site.
• The restore operation is always performed with the database server shut down.
• The restore operation is mainly dependent on low-level considerations, such as I/O and network speed
for transferring files, and CPU speed, processor cores, and so on for uncompressing data.
For the combination of options you can specify for a restore job, see Section 12.3, “Restore Operations”.
Restoring Different Classes of Backup Data
Restoring a partial backup takes less time than restoring a full backup, because there is less data to
physically copy. See Section 13.8, “Partial Backup and Restore Options” for information about making
partial backups.
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Restoring a compressed backup takes more time than restoring an uncompressed backup, because the
time needed to uncompress the data is typically greater than any time saved by transferring less data
across the network. If you need to rearrange your storage to free up enough space to uncompress the
backup before restoring it, include that administration work in your estimate of the total time required. In
an emergency, the time needed to uncompress the backup data before restoring it might be unacceptable.
on the database server to hold both the compressed backup and the uncompressed data. Thus, the more
critical the data is, the more likely that you might choose not to use compression: accepting a slower,
larger backup to ensure that the restore process is as fast and reliable as possible. See Section 13.6,
“Compression Options” for information about making compressed backups.
The unpacking process to restore a single-file backup is typically not expensive either in terms of raw
speed or extra storage. Each file is unpacked directly to its final destination, the same as if it was copied
individually. Thus, if you can speed up the backup substantially or decrease its storage requirements by
using single-file backups, that typically does not involve a tradeoff with restore time. See Section 12.5,
“Single-File Backup Operations” for information about making single-file backups.
The Apply-Log Phase
See The Apply-Log Phase for performance considerations regarding the apply-log phase.
Network Performance
For data processing operations, you might know the conventional advice that Unix sockets are faster
than TCP/IP for communicating with the database. Although the mysqlbackup command supports the
options --protocol=tcp, --protocol=socket, and --protocol=pipe, these options do not have
a significant effect on backup or restore performance. These processes involve file-copy operations rather
than client/server network traffic. The database communication controlled by the --protocol option is
low-volume. For example, mysqlbackup retrieves information about database parameters through the
database connection, but not table or index data.
Parallel Restore
mysqlbackup can take advantage of modern multicore CPUs and operating system threads to perform
backup operations in parallel. See Section 13.10, “Performance / Scalability / Capacity Options” for the
options to control how many threads are used for different aspects of the restore process. If you see that
there is unused system capacity during a restore, consider increasing the values for these options and
testing whether doing so increases restore performance:
• When tuning and testing backup performance using a RAID storage configuration, consider the
combination of option settings --read-threads=3 --process-threads=6 --write-threads=3.
Compare against the combination --read-threads=1 --process-threads=6 --writethreads=1.
• When tuning and testing backup performance using a non-RAID storage configuration, consider the
combination of option settings --read-threads=1 --process-threads=6 --write-threads=1.
• When you increase the values for any of the 3 “threads” options, also increase the value of the -limit-memory option, to give the extra threads enough memory to do their work.
• If the CPU is not too busy (less than 80% CPU utilization), increase the value of the --processthreads option.
• If the storage device that you are restoring from (the source drive) can handle more I/O requests,
increase the value of the --read-threads option.
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• If the storage device that you are restoring to (the destination drive) can handle more I/O requests,
increase the value of the --write-threads option.
Depending on your operating system, you can measure resource utilization using commands such as top,
iostat, sar, dtrace, or a graphical performance monitor. Do not increase the number of read or write
threads iowait once the system iowait value reaches approximately 20%.
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Chapter 8 Encryption for Backups
In order to enhance security for backed up data, MySQL Enterprise Backup provides encryption for singlefile backups. The encryption can also be applied when creating a partial, compressed, or incremental
single-file backups, and for streaming backup data to another device or server.
The encryption is performed with Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) block cipher in CBC mode, with a
key string of 64 hexadecimal digits supplied by the user. Decryption is performed using the same key. The
key can be created manually just by putting together 64 random hexadecimal bytes, or it can be generated
by shasum (or similar programs for hash calculations that work on your platform) by supplying it with a
keyphrase:
$ echo -n "my secret passphrase" | shasum -a 256
a7e845b0854294da9aa743b807cb67b19647c1195ea8120369f3d12c70468f29
-
Note that the “-” at the end is not part of the key and should be ignored. Supply the key to mysqlbackup
with the --key option, or paste the key into a key file and supply the file's pathname to mysqlbackup with
the --key-file option.
To generate a key randomly, you can use tools like OpenSSL:
$ openssl rand 32 -hex
8f3ca9b850ec6366f4a54feba99f2dc42fa79577158911fe8cd641ffff1e63d6
To put an OpenSSL-generated key into a key file, you can do the following:
$ openssl rand 32 -hex >keyfile
$ cat keyfile
6a1d325e6ef0577f3400b7cd624ae574f5186d0da2eeb946895de418297ed75b
The encryption function uses MySQL Enterprise Backup's own encryption format, which means decryption
is possible only by using MySQL Enterprise Backup . For Unix-like operating systems, different magic
numbers are used to identify encrypted and unencrypted backup files. For examples, you can add these
lines to the /etc/magic file of your operating system:
0
0
string
string
MBackuP\n
MebEncR\n
MySQL Enterprise Backup backup image
MySQL Enterprise Backup encrypted backup
The file command can then be used to identify the file types:
$ file /backups/image1 /backups/image2
/backups/image1: MySQL Enterprise Backup backup image
/backups/image2: MySQL Enterprise Backup encrypted backup
The command options used for encryption and decryption are --encrypt, --decrypt, --key, and -key-file. These options can be used with various operations on backup images. See Section 13.13,
“Encryption Options” for details.
The following is a sample command for creating an encrypted backup:
mysqlbackup --backup-image=/backups/image.enc --encrypt
--key=23D987F3A047B475C900127148F9E0394857983645192874A2B3049570C12A34
--backup-dir=/var/tmp/backup backup-to-image
To use a key file for the same task:
mysqlbackup --backup-image=/backups/image.enc --encrypt
--key-file=/meb/key --backup-dir=/var/tmp/backup backup-to-image
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To decrypt a backup when extracting it:
mysqlbackup --backup-image=/backups/image.enc --decrypt
--key-file=/meb/key --backup-dir=/backups/extract-dir
extract
To validate an encrypted backup image:
mysqlbackup --backup-image=/logs/encimage.bi --decrypt --key-file=/meb/enckey validate
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Chapter 9 Using MySQL Enterprise Backup with Media
Management Software (MMS) Products
This section describes how you can use MySQL Enterprise Backup in combination with media
management software (MMS) products. Such products are typically used for managing large volumes of
backup data, often with high-capacity backup devices such as tape drives.
9.1 Backing Up to Tape with Oracle Secure Backup
Tape drives are affordable, high-capacity storage devices for backup data. MySQL Enterprise Backup can
interface with media management software (MMS) such as Oracle Secure Backup (OSB) to drive MySQL
backup and restore jobs. The media management software must support Version 2 or higher of the System
Backup to Tape (SBT) interface.
On the MySQL Enterprise Backup side, you run the backup job as a single-file backup using the -backup-image parameter, with the prefix sbt: in front of the filename, and optionally pass other --sbt* parameters to mysqlbackup to control various aspects of the SBT processing. The --sbt-* options
are listed in Section 13.9, “Single-File Backup Options”.
On the OSB side, you can schedule MySQL Enterprise Backup jobs by specifying a configurable command
that calls mysqlbackup. You control OSB features such as encryption by defining a “storage selector” that
applies those features to a particular backup, and passing the name of the storage selector to OSB using
the MySQL Enterprise Backup parameter --sbt-database-name=storage_selector.
To back up MySQL data to tape:
• Specify the --backup-image=sbt:name parameter of mysqlbackup to uniquely identify the backup
data. The sbt: prefix sends the backup data to the MMS rather than a local file, and the remainder of
the argument value is used as the unique backup name within the MMS.
• Specify the --sbt-database-name parameter of mysqlbackup to enable the OSB operator to
configure a storage selector for backups from this MySQL source. (This parameter refers to a “storage
selector” defined by the OSB operator, not to any MySQL database name.) By default, mysqlbackup
supplies a value of MySQL for this MMS parameter. The argument to this option is limited to 8 bytes.
• If you have multiple media management programs installed, to select the specific SBT library to use,
specify the --sbt-lib-path parameter of the mysqlbackup command. If you do not specify the -sbt-lib-path parameter, mysqlbackup uses the normal operating system paths and environment
variables to locate the SBT library, which is named libobk.so on Linux and Unix systems and
ORASBT.DLL on Windows systems. When you specify --sbt-lib-path, you can use a different
filename for the library in addition to specifying the path.
• Specify any other product-specific settings that are normally controlled by environment variables using
the --sbt-environment option.
To restore MySQL data from tape:
• Specify the --backup-image=sbt:name parameter of mysqlbackup as part of the restore operation.
Use the same name value as during the original backup. This single parameter retrieves the appropriate
data from the appropriate tape device.
• Optionally use the --sbt-lib-path option, using the same values as for the backup operation.
• Specify any other product-specific settings that are normally controlled by environment variables using
the --sbt-environment option.
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For product-specific information about Oracle Secure Backup, see the Oracle Secure Backup
documentation.
Example 9.1 Sample mysqlbackup Commands Using MySQL Enterprise Backup with Oracle Secure
Backup
# Uses libobk.so or ORASBT.DLL in standard places):
mysqlbackup --port=3306 --protocol=tcp --user=root --password \
--backup-image=sbt:backup-shoeprod-2011-05-30 \
--backup-dir=/backup backup-to-image
# Associates this backup with storage selector 'shoeprod':
mysqlbackup --port=3306 --protocol=tcp --user=root --password \
--backup-image=sbt:backup-shoeprod-2011-05-30 \
--sbt-database-name=shoeprod \
--backup-dir=/backup backup-to-image
# Uses an alternative SBT library, /opt/Other-MMS.so:
mysqlbackup --port=3306 --protocol=tcp --user=root --password \
--backup-image=sbt:backup-shoeprod-2011-05-30 \
--sbt-lib-path=/opt/Other-MMS.so \
--backup-dir=/backup backup-to-image
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Chapter 10 Troubleshooting for MySQL Enterprise Backup
To troubleshoot issues regarding backup and restore with the MySQL Enterprise Backup product, consider
the following aspects:
• Before troubleshooting any problem, familiarize yourself with the known limits and restrictions on the
product, in Appendix B, MySQL Enterprise Backup Limitations.
• If mysqlbackup encounters problems during operating system calls, it returns the corresponding OS
error codes. You might need to consult your operating system documentation for the meaning and
solution of these error codes.
• The output from mysqlbackup is sent to stderr rather than stdout. By default, the same output is
also saved to a log file in the backup_dir for use in error diagnosis. See Section 13.11, “Message
Logging Options” for details on how to configure this logging feature.
• Incremental backups require care to specify a sequence of time periods You must record the final LSN
value at the end of each backup, and specify that value in the next incremental backup. You must also
make sure that the full backup you restore is prepared correctly first, so that it contains all the changes
from the sequence of incremental backups.
• As mysqlbackup proceeds, it writes progress information into the mysql.backup_progress
table. When the command finishes the backup operation, it records status information in the
mysql.backup_history table. You can query those tables to monitor ongoing backup jobs, see how
much time has been used for various stages, and check if any errors have occurred.
10.1 Monitoring Backups with MySQL Enterprise Monitor
With the combination of the MySQL Enterprise Backup and MySQL Enterprise Monitor products, you can
monitor the progress and history of backup jobs without writing your own queries or scripts:
• The MySQL Enterprise Monitor graphs Backup Run Time and Backup Locked Time chart how long
the phases of backup jobs take.
• The MySQL Enterprise Monitor rules MySQL Enterprise Backup Failed, MySQL Enterprise
Backup Succeeded, MySQL Enterprise Backup Lock Time Excessive, Incremental
MySQL Enterprise Backups Not Enabled, and Last Full MySQL Enterprise Backup Too
Old alert you to issues related to backup jobs.
The monitoring capability requires MySQL Enterprise Backup 3.5.3 and higher, and MySQL Enterprise
Monitor 2.3.4 and higher. For information about these MySQL Enterprise Monitor features, see the MySQL
Enterprise Monitor User's Guide.
10.2 Error codes of MySQL Enterprise Backup
The return code of the MySQL Enterprise Backup (mysqlbackup) process is 0 if the backup or restore run
succeeds. If the run fails for any reason, the return code is 1.
10.3 Working Around Corruption Problems
Sometimes the operating system or the hardware can corrupt a data file page, in a location that does not
cause a database error but prevents mysqlbackup from completing:
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mysqlbackup: Re-reading page at offset 0 3185082368 in /sqldata/mts/ibdata15
mysqlbackup: Re-reading page at offset 0 3185082368 in /sqldata/mts/ibdata15
mysqlbackup: Error: page at offset 0 3185082368 in /sqldata/mts/ibdata15 seems corrupt!
A corruption problem can have different causes. Here are some suggestions for dealing with it:
• The problem can occur if the MySQL server is too busy. Before trying other solutions, you might want to
perform the backup again using some non-default settings for the following mysqlbackup options:
• --page-reread-time=MS. Try set the value to, for example, “0.05”, for faster rereads during
checksum failures.
• --page-reread-count=retry_limit. Try set the value to, for example, “1000”, to allow more
rereads during checksum failures before MySQL Enterprise Backup gives up and throws an error.
• Scrambled data in memory can cause the problem even though the data on disk is actually uncorrupted.
Reboot the database server and the storage device to see if the problem persists.
• If the problem persists after the database server and the storage device have been restarted, you might
really have a corruption on your disk. You might consider restoring data from an earlier backup and "roll
forward" the recent changes to bring the database back to its current state.
• If you want to make MySQL Enterprise Backup finish a backup anyway before you go and investigate
the root cause of the issue, you can rewrite the checksum values on the disk by running the
innochecksum utility on the server:
innochecksum --no-checksum --write=crc32
The option --no-checksum disable the verification function of the tool, and the option -write=crc32 makes innochecksum rewrite the checksum values on the disk.
IMPORTANT: Do not treat corruption problems as a minor annoyance. Find out what is wrong with the
system that causes the corruption—however, such troubleshooting is beyond the scope of this manual.
10.4 Using the MySQL Enterprise Backup Logs
The mysql.backup_progress table lets you monitor backup jobs as they run. The
mysql.backup_history table lets you see the results of completed jobs. Because these tables are
created with the CSV storage engine, you can query them from SQL, or parse the text files from an
application or script.
To skip updating these tables for a backup operation, use the --no-history-logging option.
backup_progress Table
Each row in the backup_progress table records a state change or message from a running backup job.
The backup_progress table has the following columns:
• backup_id
• tool_name
• error_code
• error_message
• current_time
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• current_state
Because the CSV storage engine cannot represent NULL values directly, the logs use a -1 value instead,
for example in the binlog_pos column if binary logging is not enabled.
Use the backup_id value to group together the information for a single backup operation, and to correlate
with the corresponding row in the backup_history table after the job is finished.
Use the error_code and error_message values to track the progress of the job, and detect if a serious
error occurs that requires stopping the backup operation.
Use the current_time and current_state values to measure how long each part of the backup
operation takes, to help with planning the time intervals for future backups.
backup_history Table
Each row in the backup_history table records the details of one completed backup job, produced by
mysqlbackup command. The backup_history table has the following columns:
• backup_id
• tool_name
• start_time
• end_time
• binlog_pos
• binlog_file
• compression_level
• engines
• innodb_data_file_path
• innodb_file_format
• start_lsn
• end_lsn
• backup_type
• backup_format
• mysql_data_dir
• innodb_data_home_dir
• innodb_log_group_home_dir
• innodb_log_files_in_group
• innodb_log_file_size
• backup_destination
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• lock_time
• exit_state
• last_error
• last_error_code
Use the end_lsn value to automate operations related to incremental backups. When you take a full or
incremental backup, you specify the end LSN from that backup as the starting LSN for the next incremental
backup.
Use the values that correspond to backup-related configuration settings, such as mysql_data_dir,
innodb_data_home_dir, and backup_destination, to confirm that the backups are using the right
source and destination directories.
Use the values exit_state, last_error, and last_error_code to evaluate the success or failure of
each backup.
If last_error is 'NO_ERROR', the backup operation was successful. In case of any errors, you can
retrieve the full list of errors for that backup operation from the backup_progress table.
10.5 Using the MySQL Enterprise Backup Manifest
Each backup directory includes some files in the meta subdirectory that detail how the backup was
produced, and what files it contains. The files containing this information are known collectively as the
manifest.
mysqlbackup produces these files for use by database management tools; it does not consult or modify
the manifest files after creating them. Management tools can use the manifest during diagnosis and
troubleshooting procedures, for example where the original MySQL instance has been lost entirely and the
recovery process is more involved than copying files back to a working MySQL server.
The files in the manifest include:
• backup_create.xml: information about the backup operation.
• backup_content.xml: information about the files in the backup. This information is only complete
and consistent when the backup operation succeeds. A management tool might use this information
to confirm which tables are part of a full backup, or a partial backup performed with the --databases
option (the information is not present for partial backups taken with the --include, --incremental,
--incremental-with-redo-log-only, --only-innodb, or --only-innodb-with-frm
options). A management tool might compare the checksum recorded in the manifest for a single-file
backup against the checksum for the file after the single-file backup is unpacked. The file also contains
details of all the plugins defined on the backed-up server, by which users should make sure the same
plugins are defined in the same manner on the target server for restoration.
• image_files.xml: information about the files in a single-file backup. (Only produced for backups
taken with the backup-to-image and backup-dir-to-image commands.) A management tool
might use the paths recorded in this file to plan or automate the unpacking of a single-file backup using
the image-to-backup-dir or extract commands, or to remap the paths of extracted files with the
--src-entry and --dst-entry options.
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Table of Contents
11 mysqlbackup ............................................................................................................................ 83
12 mysqlbackup commands ........................................................................................................... 85
12.1 Backup Operations ........................................................................................................... 85
12.2 Apply-Log Operations ....................................................................................................... 86
12.3 Restore Operations .......................................................................................................... 87
12.4 Validation Operations ....................................................................................................... 89
12.5 Single-File Backup Operations .......................................................................................... 90
13 mysqlbackup Command-Line Options ........................................................................................ 93
13.1 Standard Options ............................................................................................................. 98
13.2 Connection Options .......................................................................................................... 99
13.3 Server Repository Options .............................................................................................. 101
13.4 Backup Repository Options ............................................................................................. 103
13.5 Metadata Options ........................................................................................................... 107
13.6 Compression Options ..................................................................................................... 108
13.7 Incremental Backup Options ........................................................................................... 109
13.8 Partial Backup and Restore Options ................................................................................ 111
13.9 Single-File Backup Options ............................................................................................. 117
13.10 Performance / Scalability / Capacity Options ................................................................... 119
13.11 Message Logging Options ............................................................................................. 126
13.12 Progress Report Options ............................................................................................... 127
13.13 Encryption Options ....................................................................................................... 130
13.14 Cloud Storage Options .................................................................................................. 131
13.15 Options for Special Backup Types ................................................................................. 133
14 Configuration Files and Parameters ........................................................................................... 135
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Chapter 11 mysqlbackup
The mysqlbackup client is an easy-to-use tool for all backup and restore operations. During backup
operations, mysqlbackup backs up:
• All InnoDB tables and indexes, including:
• The InnoDB system tablespace, which, by default contains all the InnoDB tables.
• Any separate data files produced with the InnoDB file-per-table setting. Each one contains one table
and its associated indexes. Each data file can use either the original Antelope or the new Barracuda
file format.
• All MyISAM tables and indexes.
• Tables managed by other storage engines.
• Other files underneath the MySQL data directory, such as the .frm files that record the structure of each
table.
• Any other files in the database subdirectories under the server's data directory.
In addition to creating backups, mysqlbackup can pack and unpack backup data, apply to the backup
data any changes to InnoDB tables that occurred during the backup operation, and restore data, index, and
log files back to their original locations, or to other places.
Here are some sample commands to start a backup operation with mysqlbackup are:
# Information about data files can be retrieved through the database connection.
# Specify connection options on the command line.
mysqlbackup --user=dba --password --port=3306 \
--with-timestamp --backup-dir=/export/backups \
backup
# Or we can include the above options in the configuration file
# under the [mysqlbackup] section, and just specify the configuration file
# and the 'backup' operation.
mysqlbackup --defaults-file=/usr/local/mysql/my.cnf backup
# Or we can specify the configuration file as above, but
# override some of those options on the command line.
mysqlbackup --defaults-file=/usr/local/mysql/my.cnf \
--compress --user=backupadmin --password --port=18080 \
backup
The --user and the --password you specify are used to connect to the MySQL server. This MySQL
user must have certain privileges in the MySQL server, as described in Section 4.1.2, “Grant MySQL
Privileges to Backup Administrator”.
The --with-timestamp option places the backup in a subdirectory created under the directory you
specified above. The name of the backup subdirectory is formed from the date and the clock time of the
backup run.
For the meanings of other command-line options, see Chapter 13, mysqlbackup Command-Line Options.
For information about configuration files, see Chapter 14, Configuration Files and Parameters.
Make sure that the user or the cron job running mysqlbackup has the rights to copy files from the MySQL
database directories to the backup directory.
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Make sure that your connection timeouts are long enough so that the mysqlbackup command can keep
the connection to the server open for the duration of the backup run. mysqlbackup pings the server after
copying each database to keep the connection alive.
Important
• Although mysqlbackup backs up InnoDB tables without interrupting database
use, the final stage that copies non-InnoDB files (such as MyISAM tables and
.frm files) temporarily puts the database into a read-only state, using the
statement FLUSH TABLES WITH READ LOCK. For best backup performance
and minimal impact on database processing:
1. Do not run long SELECT queries or other SQL statements at the time of the
backup run.
2. Keep your MyISAM tables relatively small and primarily for read-only or readmostly work.
Then the locked phase at the end of a mysqlbackup run is short (maybe a few
seconds), and does not disturb the normal processing of mysqld much. If the
preceding conditions are not met in your database application, use the --onlyinnodb option to back up only InnoDB tables, or use the --no-locking option
to back up non-InnoDB files. Note that MyISAM, .frm, and other files copied
under the --no-locking setting cannot be guaranteed to be consistent, if they
are updated during this final phase of the backup.
• For a large database, a backup run might take a long time. Always check that
the mysqlbackup command has been completed successfully by verifying that
mysqlbackup has returned the exit code 0, or by observing that mysqlbackup
has printed the text “mysqlbackup completed OK!”.
• mysqlbackup is not the same as the former “MySQL Backup” open source
project from the MySQL 6.0 source tree. The MySQL Enterprise Backup product
supersedes the MySQL Backup initiative.
• Schedule backups during periods when no DDL operations involving tables
are running. See Section B.1, “Limitations of MySQL Enterprise Backup” for
restrictions on creating backups in parallel with the DDL operations.
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Chapter 12 mysqlbackup commands
These are commands for the major operations for mysqlbackup. Only one of them can be specified
for each mysqlbackup invocation, and, unlike the command options, the name of a command is not
preceded by any dashes.
Each of these commands has its own set of required or allowed command options. For example, the
backup command typically requires connection information to the database server. The apply-log and
other commands that operate on the backup data after it is produced require the options that specify where
the backup data is located.
The major groups of commands are:
• Backup operations: backup, backup-and-apply-log, backup-to-image
• Apply-log operations: apply-log, apply-incremental-backup
• Restore operations: copy-back, copy-back-and-apply-log
• Validation operation: validate
• Single-file backup operations: image-to-backup-dir, backup-dir-to-image, list-image,
extract
12.1 Backup Operations
The backup operations are the most frequently performed tasks by MySQL Enterprise Backup.
Various kinds of backups can be performed by adding different options, like using --compress or
--incremental for compressed or incremental backups. Here is the syntax for the mysqlbackup
commands for performing a backup operation:
mysqlbackup [STD-OPTIONS]
[CONNECTION-OPTIONS]
[SERVER-REPOSITORY-OPTIONS]
[BACKUP-REPOSITORY-OPTIONS]
[METADATA-OPTIONS]
[COMPRESSION-OPTIONS]
[SPECIAL-BACKUP-TYPES-OPTIONS]
[INCREMENTAL-BACKUP-OPTIONS]
[PARTIAL-BACKUP-RESTORE-OPTIONS]
[SINGLE-FILE-BACKUP-OPTIONS]
[PERFORMANCE-SCALABILITY-CAPACITY-OPTIONS]
[MESSAGE-LOGGING-OPTIONS]
[PROGRESS-REPORT-OPTIONS]
backup | backup-and-apply-log
mysqlbackup [STD-OPTIONS]
[CONNECTION-OPTIONS]
[SERVER-REPOSITORY-OPTIONS]
[BACKUP-REPOSITORY-OPTIONS]
[METADATA-OPTIONS]
[COMPRESSION-OPTIONS]
[SPECIAL-BACKUP-TYPES-OPTIONS]
[INCREMENTAL-BACKUP-OPTIONS]
[PARTIAL-BACKUP-RESTORE-OPTIONS]
[SINGLE-FILE-BACKUP-OPTIONS]
[PERFORMANCE-SCALABILITY-CAPACITY-OPTIONS]
[MESSAGE-LOGGING-OPTIONS]
[PROGRESS-REPORT-OPTIONS]
[ENCRYPTION-OPTIONS]
[CLOUD-STORAGE-OPTIONS]
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backup-to-image
• backup
Backs up data to a directory. This only performs the initial phase of a complete backup process. The
second phase is performed later by running mysqlbackup again with the apply-log command, which
makes the backup consistent.
• backup-and-apply-log
A combination of backup and apply-log. It cannot be used for a compressed or an incremental
backup.
• backup-to-image
Produces a single-file backup rather than a directory structure holding the backup files. Requires the -backup-image command to specify the destination file. Can be used to stream the backup to a storage
device or another system without ever storing the data on the database server. You can specify -backup-image=-, representing standard output, allowing the output to be piped to another command.
To avoid mixing normal informational messages with backup output, the --help message, errors, alerts,
and normal informational messages are always printed to standard error stream.
12.2 Apply-Log Operations
These operations bring the backup files up-to-date with any changes to InnoDB tables that happened
while the backup was in progress. Although for convenience you can combine this operation with the
initial backup using the backup-and-apply-log command, you must run the steps separately when
performing incremental or compressed backups.
mysqlbackup [STD-OPTIONS]
[--limit-memory=MB] [--uncompress] [--backup-dir=PATH]
[MESSAGE-LOGGING-OPTIONS]
[PROGRESS-REPORT-OPTIONS]
apply-log
mysqlbackup [STD-OPTIONS]
[--incremental-backup-dir=PATH] [--backup-dir=PATH]
[--limit-memory=MB] [--uncompress]
[MESSAGE-LOGGING-OPTIONS]
[PROGRESS-REPORT-OPTIONS]
apply-incremental-backup
• apply-log
Brings the InnoDB tables in the backup up-to-date, including any changes made to the data while the
backup was running.
• apply-incremental-backup
Brings the backup up-to-date using the data from an incremental backup.
Example 12.1 Apply Log to Full Backup
mysqlbackup --backup-dir=/path/to/backup apply-log
It reads the backup-my.cnf file inside backup-dir to understand the backup. The my.cnf default files
have no effect other than supplying the limit-memory=MB value, which limits usage of memory while
doing the apply-log operation.
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Because the apply-log operation does not apply to incremental backups, no incremental-backup-dir
is needed for this operation.
You can also perform apply-log and copy-back (which restores the prepared backup) together with a
single copy-back-and-apply-log command.
12.3 Restore Operations
The restore operations restores the data files from a backup to their original locations on the database
server, or to other desired locations. The MySQL instance must be shut down first before a restore
operation (except for backups created using transportable tablespace (TTS)). The options datadir,
innodb_log_files_in_group, and innodb_log_file_size must be specified either in the target
server's configuration file, in the file specified by the --defaults-file option, or as command-line
options. For usage examples, see Chapter 5, Recovering or Restoring a Database.
mysqlbackup [STD-OPTIONS]
[SERVER-REPOSITORY-OPTIONS]
[--backup-dir=PATH]
[MESSAGE-LOGGING-OPTIONS]
[PARTIAL-BACKUP-RESTORE-OPTIONS]
[PROGRESS-REPORT-OPTIONS]
[CLOUD-STORAGE-OPTIONS]
copy-back
mysqlbackup [STD-OPTIONS]
[SERVER-REPOSITORY-OPTIONS]
[--backup-image=IMAGE]
[--backup-dir=PATH]
[MESSAGE-LOGGING-OPTIONS]
[PARTIAL-BACKUP-RESTORE-OPTIONS]
[PROGRESS-REPORT-OPTIONS]
[ENCRYPTION-OPTIONS]
[CLOUD-STORAGE-OPTIONS]
copy-back-and-apply-log
• copy-back
Restores files from a backup to their original locations within the MySQL server.
Some clean-up efforts on the target directory for restoration might be needed before preforming a full
restore (for example, when the backup data is used to set up a new MySQL server or to replace all data
of an existing MySQL server). See Section 5.2, “Performing a Restore Operation” [55] for details.
There are some special requirements when restoring backups created with the --use-tts option; see
Section 5.2.4, “Restoring Backups Created with the --use-tts Option” for details.
• copy-back-and-apply-log
In a single step, restores a single-file backup specified by the --backup-image option or a backup
from the directory specified by the --backup-dir option to a server's data directory and performs
an apply-log operation to the restored data to bring them up-to-date. Comparing with a multi-step
approach for restoring a single-file backup (which typically consists of performing the successive steps of
extract, uncompress,apply-log, and copy-back for restoring compressed image, or extract ,apply-log, and
copy-back for uncompressed image), the command makes the restoration process simpler and faster,
and also saves the disk space required.
The following are some special requirements for different kinds of backup restoration using copy-backand-apply-log:
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• To restore a compressed directory or image, include the --uncompress option in the command line.
• To restore a single-file backup, besides specifying the location of the backup image with the -backup-image option, also supply with the --backup-dir option the location of a folder that will be
used for storing temporary files produced during the restoration process.
• To restore an incremental backup directory, assuming the full backup (on which the incremental
backup was based) has already been restored:
• Include the --incremental option in the command line.
• Use either the --backup-dir or --incremental-backup-dir option to specify the incremental
backup directory.
• To restore a single-file incremental backup, besides specifying the location of the incremental backup
image with the --backup-image option, also supply with the --backup-dir or --incrementalbackup-dir option the location of a folder that will be used for storing temporary files produced
during the restoration process.
• To restore a backup created with the --use-tts option:
• See the general requirements described in Section 5.2.4, “Restoring Backups Created with the -use-tts Option”.
• When restoring an image backup created with the option setting --use-tts=with-minimumlocking, also supply with the --backup-dir option the location of a folder that will be used for
extracting temporarily all tables in the backup and for performing an apply-log operation to make
the data up-to-date before restoring them to the server's data directory.
• When restoring a backup directory created with the option --use-tts, an apply-log operation
will be performed on the backup directory. That means the backup taken will be altered during the
process, and users might want to make an extra copy of the backup directory before proceeding
with the restoration, in order to prevent the loss of backup data in case something goes wrong.
Also note that:
• Backups created with the --skip-unused-pages option cannot be restored using copy-backand-apply-log.
• For image backups taken with MySQL Enterprise Backup 3.8.2 or earlier, per-table .ibd files pointed
to by .isl files in a backup are restored by copy-back-and-apply-log to the server's data
directory rather than the locations pointed to by the .isl files.
• Due to a known issue, when restoring a compressed backup created with MySQL Enterprise Backup
3.9 or earlier and containing any InnoDB tables that were created on the server as compressed tables
(by using the ROW_FORMAT=COMPRESSED option, the KEY_BLOCK_SIZE= option, or both), do not use
copy-back-and-apply-log; instead, perform an apply-log first, and then a copy-back. See
entry for Bug# 17992297 in the MySQL Enterprise Backup 3.10.0 changelog for details.
At the end of the copy-back-and-apply-log operation, the file backup_variables.txt is being
created or updated in the data directory. This file contains metadata about the restored contents and
is being used by successive single-step restores of incremental backups; it should not be deleted or
modified by users.
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For some sample commands for restoring different kinds of backups with the copy-back-and-applylog command, see Section 5.2, “Performing a Restore Operation”.
Warning
When restoring a server for replication purpose, if the backed-up server has used
the innodb_undo_directory option to put the undo logs outside of the data
directory, when using the file server-my.cnf or server-all.cnf for the -defaults-file option with copy-back or copy-back-and-apply-log, care
should be taken to configure correctly the innodb_undo_directory option in the
file. Otherwise, the data or log files on the original server might be overwritten by
accident.
12.4 Validation Operations
To ensure the integrity of the backup data, MySQL Enterprise Backup provides a validate command for
validating a backup by the checksum values of its data pages after the backup is created or transferred to
another system.
mysqlbackup [STD-OPTIONS]
[--backup-dir=PATH][--backup-image=IMAGE]
[MESSAGE-LOGGING-OPTIONS]
[PROGRESS-REPORT-OPTIONS]
[CLOUD-STORAGE-OPTIONS]
validate
• validate
Verifies that a backup is not corrupted, truncated, or damaged. This operation validates the checksum
value for each data page in a backup.
To avoid spending excessive time and resources on files that are too heavily corrupted, mysqlbackup
stops validating a .ibd file after more than twenty corrupted pages are found in it, and proceeds to the
next file instead. In that case, the operation's summary will not give a full count of corrupted pages, but
only says “at least 20 pages are corrupted.”
The operation also has the following limitations:
• For any backup directory, the operation can only validate the InnoDB data files (ibdata* and *.ibd
files) in it. Problems with other file types within a backup directory (for example, .frm file corruptions)
are not detected.
• If any .ibd or .frm files are missing from a backup directory during a backup or have been deleted
from a backup directory after the backup was made, the validate operation will not be able to detect
the problem.
• If a backup directory has been corrupted by removing or truncating pages from any of the .ibd files
inside , the validate operation will not be able to detect the problem.
Here is a sample command for validating a backup directory:
mysqlbackup -uroot --backup-dir=/logs/backupext validate
Here is a sample command for validating a backup image:
mysqlbackup -uroot --backup-image=/logs/fullimage.mi
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The following is a sample command for validating an encrypted backup image and the output for the
successful validation:
$ mysqlbackup –backup-image=/meb/backups/image.mbi --decrypt --key-file=/meb/enckeyfile validate
140219 11:22:44 mysqlbackup: INFO: Validating image ... /logs/img.bi
140219 11:22:44 mysqlbackup: INFO: Validate: [Dir]: meta
140219 11:22:45 mysqlbackup: INFO: Total files as specified in image: 44
mysqlbackup: INFO: datadir/tpch/tabnorm7.ibd Validated...
mysqlbackup: INFO: datadir/tpch/tabnorm8.ibd Validated...
mysqlbackup: INFO: datadir/tpch/tabnorm9.ibd Validated...
................
140219 11:22:45 mysqlbackup: INFO: Validate operation completed successfully.
140219 11:22:45 mysqlbackup: INFO: Backup Image validation successful.
mysqlbackup: INFO: Source Image Path = /logs/img.bi
mysqlbackup completed OK!
This is a sample output for a checksum mismatch in the header:
mysqlbackup: ERROR: Checksum mismatch.
Computed checksum: ###
Checksum in image: ### mysqlbackup:
Image Path = /meb/backups/image.mbi
mysqlbackup: ERROR: Backup image validation failed.
ERROR: Problem verifying checksum of
This is a sample output for an image containing corrupted .ibd files:
mysqlbackup: ERROR: datadir/db2/bigtab1.ibd has corrupt page number : 64
page number from page header : 64
mysqlbackup: ERROR: datadir/db2/bigtab1.ibd is corrupt and has : 10 corrupt pages
mysqlbackup: ERROR: datadir/db2/t1.ibd has corrupt page number : 4
page number from
page header : 0
.......
mysqlbackup: ERROR: datadir/db2/t1.ibd is corrupt and has : 5 corrupt pages
mysqlbackup: ERROR: datadir/ibdata1 has corrupt page number : 63
page number from page header : 63
mysqlbackup: ERROR: datadir/ibdata1 has corrupt page number : 7
page number from page header : 7
..........
mysqlbackup: ERROR: datadir/ibdata1 is corrupt and has : 10 corrupt pages
mysqlbackup failed with errors!
This is a sample output for a successful validation for a compressed backup directory
mysqlbackup: INFO: /backups/backup-dir/datadir/tpch/tabnorm5.ibz Validated...
mysqlbackup: INFO: /backups/backup-dir/datadir/tpch/tabnorm6.ibz Validated...
mysqlbackup: INFO: /backups/backup-dir/datadir/tpch/tabnorm7.ibz Validated...
mysqlbackup: INFO: /backups/backup-dir/datadir/tpch/tabnorm8.ibz Validated...
mysqlbackup: INFO: /backups/backup-dir/datadir/tpch/tabnorm9.ibz Validated...
mysqlbackup: INFO: /backups/backup-dir/datadir/tpch/tabrowformat.ibz Validated...
140219 11:22:45 mysqlbackup: INFO: Validate backup directory operation completed successfully.
12.5 Single-File Backup Operations
To simplify transfer and management of backup data, you can keep each backup in a single file (the
backup image). The backup-to-image command performs a backup directly to a single file, and there
are the commands for packing an existing backup into a single file or unpacking a single-file backup to
a full backup directory structure. These and other commands for working with single-file backups are
explained below. For usage examples, see Section 4.3.5, “Making a Single-File Backup”.
mysqlbackup [STD-OPTIONS]
[CONNECTION-OPTIONS]
[SERVER-REPOSITORY-OPTIONS]
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[BACKUP-REPOSITORY-OPTIONS]
[METADATA-OPTIONS]
[COMPRESSION-OPTIONS]
[SPECIAL-BACKUP-TYPES-OPTIONS]
[INCREMENTAL-BACKUP-OPTIONS]
[PARTIAL-BACKUP-RESTORE-OPTIONS]
[SINGLE-FILE-BACKUP-OPTIONS]
[PERFORMANCE-SCALABILITY-CAPACITY-OPTIONS]
[MESSAGE-LOGGING-OPTIONS]
[PROGRESS-REPORT-OPTIONS]
[ENCRYPTION-OPTIONS]
[CLOUD-STORAGE-OPTIONS]
backup-to-image
mysqlbackup [STD-OPTIONS]
[--backup-image=IMAGE] [--backup-dir=PATH]
[MESSAGE-LOGGING-OPTIONS]
[PROGRESS-REPORT-OPTIONS]
[ENCRYPTION-OPTIONS]
[CLOUD-STORAGE-OPTIONS]
image-to-backup-dir
mysqlbackup [STD-OPTIONS]
[--backup-dir=PATH] [--backup-image=IMAGE]
[MESSAGE-LOGGING-OPTIONS]
[PROGRESS-REPORT-OPTIONS]
[ENCRYPTION-OPTIONS]
[CLOUD-STORAGE-OPTIONS]
backup-dir-to-image
mysqlbackup [STD-OPTIONS]
[--backup-image=IMAGE] [--src-entry=PATH]
[MESSAGE-LOGGING-OPTIONS]
[ENCRYPTION-OPTIONS]
[CLOUD-STORAGE-OPTIONS]
list-image
mysqlbackup [STD-OPTIONS]
[--backup-image=IMAGE]
[--backup-dir=PATH]
[--src-entry=PATH] [--dst-entry=PATH]
[MESSAGE-LOGGING-OPTIONS]
[PROGRESS-REPORT-OPTIONS]
[ENCRYPTION-OPTIONS]
[CLOUD-STORAGE-OPTIONS]
extract
mysqlbackup [STD-OPTIONS]
[SERVER-REPOSITORY-OPTIONS]
[--backup-image=IMAGE]
[--backup-dir=PATH]
[MESSAGE-LOGGING-OPTIONS]
[PARTIAL-BACKUP-RESTORE-OPTIONS]
[PROGRESS-REPORT-OPTIONS]
[ENCRYPTION-OPTIONS]
[CLOUD-STORAGE-OPTIONS]
copy-back-and-apply-log
• image-to-backup-dir
Unpacks a single-file backup to a full backup directory structure. You specify the paths to both the
image file and the destination directory for the unpacking. For usage examples, see Section 4.3.5,
“Making a Single-File Backup”.
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• backup-dir-to-image
Packs an existing backup directory into a single file. The value for the --backup-image parameter
should either be “-”(stands for standard output) or an absolute path outside of the backup-dir
directory. Specify a --backup-image value of - (standard output) to stream an existing backup
directory structure to a tape device or a command that transfers the backup to another server. For usage
examples, see Section 4.3.5, “Making a Single-File Backup”.
• list-image
Display the contents of a single-file backup. Lists all files and directories in the image. The --srcentry=name can be used to list a specific file or directory; if the name is a directory, all its files and
subdirectories inside the image are recursively listed. For usage examples, see Section 4.3.5, “Making a
Single-File Backup”.
Note
The list-image operation can be performed on a cloud backup only if the
cloud proxy supports HTTP range headers.
• extract
Unpacks an individual file or directory from a single-file backup. It is useful for troubleshooting, or
for restorations that do not require the full set of backup data. The resulting file or directory goes into
the current directory, or into backup-dir if specified. All files and directory contents in the image
with absolute path names are extracted into the same absolute paths on the local system. For usage
examples, see Section 4.3.5, “Making a Single-File Backup”.
The --src-entry=path option can be used for selective extraction of a single file or single directory in
image. Specify the path as it appears in the image.
The --dst-entry=path option, along with --src-entry=path option can be used to extract a single
file or single directory into a user-specified file or directory respectively. If the --src-entry option is
used, but --dst-entry option is omitted, then the selected file or directory is extracted to the same
path in the local file system.
The default destination for the extract is the current working directory. It can be overridden by the -backup-dir option. All the files with relative pathnames in the image are extracted to pathnames
relative to the destination directory.
If the image contains some entries with absolute pathnames, those entries are extracted to the same
absolute pathnames even if --backup-dir option is specified. The --dst-entry option must be used
to relocate an absolute pathname.
• copy-back-and-apply-log
See description for copy-back-and-apply-log in Section 12.3, “Restore Operations”.
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Chapter 13 mysqlbackup Command-Line Options
The following sections describe the command-line options for the different modes of operation of
mysqlbackup.
The table below list all the command options for mysqlbackup. Use the hyperlinks at the option names to
jump to the detailed descriptions for the options.
Note
The command options can also be specified in configuration files; see explanations
in Chapter 14, Configuration Files and Parameters. mysqlbackup follows the
MySQL standard practice for handling duplicate options, whether specified in a
configuration file, on the command line, or both. Options are processed first from
configuration files, then from the command line. If an option is specified more than
once, the last instance takes precedence.
Table 13.1 List of All Options
Format
Description
Introduced
--backup-dir=PATH
The directory to store the backup data.
--backup-image=IMAGE
Specifies the path name of the backup image.
-The name of the checksum algorithm used for validating
backup_innodb_checksum_algorithm=NAME
InnoDB tablespaces.
-Specifies Innodb system tablespace files' path and size in
backup_innodb_data_file_path=VALUE
backup.
-Backup base directory for all InnoDB data files in the
backup_innodb_data_home_dir=PATH
system tablespace.
-The size in bytes of each InnoDB backup log file.
backup_innodb_log_file_size=SIZE
-Number of InnoDB log files in backup.
backup_innodb_log_files_in_group=N
-Backup directory for InnoDB log files.
backup_innodb_log_group_home_dir=PATH
-The page size for all InnoDB tablespaces in a MySQL
backup_innodb_page_size=SIZE instance.
-The relative or absolute directory path where InnoDB
backup_innodb_undo_directory=PATH
creates separate tablespaces for the undo logs.
-Number of rollback segments in the system tablespace
backup_innodb_undo_logs=NUMBER
that InnoDB uses within a transaction.
-The number of tablespace files that the undo logs are
backup_innodb_undo_tablespaces=NUMBER
divided between when a non-zero innodb_undo_logs
setting is used.
--character-sets-dir=PATH
Directory for character set files.
--cloud-access-key-id=S3_KEY- AWS access key ID for logging onto Amazon S3.
ID
--cloud-awsregion=S3_REGION
Region for Amazon Web Services that mysqlbackup
access for S3.
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Format
Description
Introduced
--cloud-bucket=S3_BUCKET
The storage bucket on Amazon S3 for the backup image.
--cloudThe Swift container for the backup image.
container=SWIFT_CONTAINER [132]
3.12.0
--cloud-identityurl=SWIFT_KEYSTONEURL [133]
The URL of the Keystone identity service.
3.12.0
--cloudobject=SWIFT_OBJECT [132]
The Swift object for the backup image.
3.12.0
--cloud-objectkey=S3_OBJECT-KEY
The Amazon S3 object key for the backup image.
--cloudPassword for user specified by --cloud-user-id.
password=SWIFT_OR_KEYSTONE_PASSWORD [132]
3.12.0
--cloud-proxy=PROXYURL:PORT
Proxy address and port number for overriding the
environment's default proxy settings for accessing cloud
service.
--cloudregion=SWIFT_KEYSTONEREGION [133]
The Keystone region for the user specified by --cloud-user- 3.12.0
id.
--cloud-secret-accesskey=S3_ACCESS-KEY
AWS secret access key.
--cloud-service=SERVICE
Cloud service for data backup or restoration.
--cloud-tempauthurl=SWIFT_TEMPAUTHURL [133]
The URL of the identity service for authenticating user
credentials with Swift's TempAuth authentication system.
--cloudtenant=SWIFT_KEYSTONETENANT [133]
The Keystone tenant for the user specified by --cloud-user- 3.12.0
id.
--cloud-trace=NUM
Print trace information for cloud operations.
--cloud-userUser ID for accessing Swift.
id=SWIFT_OR_KEYSTONE_USER [132]
--comments=STRING
Specifies comments string.
--comments-file=PATH
Specifies path to comments file.
--compress
Create backup in compressed format.
--compress-level=LEVEL
Specifies the level of compression.
--compressmethod=ALGORITHM
Specifies the compression algorithm.
--connect-if-online
Use connection only if available.
--connect_timeout=SECONDS
Connection timeout in seconds.
--databases=LIST
[Legacy] Specifies the list of non-InnoDB tables to back up.
--databases-list-file=PATH
[Legacy] Specifies the pathname of a file that lists the nonInnoDB tables to be backed up.
--datadir=PATH
Path to mysql server data directory.
--debug
Print debug information.
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Format
Description
Introduced
--decrypt
Decrypt backup image written in an MEB Secure File.
--default-character-set=name
Set the default character set.
--defaults-extra-file=PATH
Read this file after the global files are read.
--defaults-file=PATH
Only read default options from the given file.
--defaults-group-suffix=str
Also read option groups with the usual names and a suffix
of str.
--disable-manifest
Disable generation of manifest files for a backup operation.
--dst-entry=PATH
Used with single-file backups to extract a single file or
directory to a user-specified path.
--encrypt
Encrypt backup image and write it in an MEB Secure File.
--exclude-tables=REGEXP
Exclude in backup tables whose names match the regular
expression REGEXP.
--exec-when-locked="utility arg1 Execute the specified utility when all tables are locked near
arg2 ..."
the end of the execution.
--force [99]
Force overwriting of data, log, or image files, depending on
the operation.
--help
Display help.
--host=name
Host name to connect.
--include=REGEXP
[Legacy] Backup only those per-table innodb data files
which match the regular expression REGEXP.
--include-tables=REGEXP
Include in backup tables which match the regular
expression REGEXP.
--incremental
Specifies that the associated backup or backup-to-image
operation is incremental.
--incremental-backup-dir=PATH Specifies the location under which to store data from an
incremental backup.
--incrementalbase=mode:argument
The specification of base backup for --incremental option.
--incremental-with-redo-log-only Specifies the incremental backup of InnoDB tables to be
based on copying redo log to the backup, without including
any InnoDB datafiles in the backup.
-The name of the checksum algorithm used for validating
innodb_checksum_algorithm=NAME
InnoDB tablespaces.
-innodb_data_file_path=VALUE
Specifies InnoDB system tablespace files' path and size.
--innodb_data_home_dir=PATH Specifies base directory for all InnoDB data files in the
shared system tablespace.
--innodb_log_file_size=SIZE
The size in bytes of each InnoDB log file in the log group.
--innodb_log_files_in_group=N
The number of InnoDB log files.
-The directory path to InnoDB log files.
innodb_log_group_home_dir=PATH
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Format
Description
Introduced
--innodb_page_size=SIZE
The page size for all InnoDB tablespaces in a MySQL
instance.
--key=KEY
The symmetric key used for encryption and decryption.
--key-file=FILE
The pathname of a file that contains the symmetric key
used for encryption and decryption.
--limit-memory=MB
The memory in MB available for the MEB operation.
--log-bin-index=FILENAME
Specifies the absolute path of the index file on the MySQL
server that lists all the used binary log files (for MySQL 5.5,
and for all offline backups).
--login-path=name
Read options from the named login path in the .mylogin.cnf
login file.
--master-info-file=FILENAME
Specifies the absolute path of the information file in which
a slave records information about its master (for offline
backups of salve servers only). information file.
--messages-logdir=PATH
Specifies the path name of an existing directory for storing
the message log.
--no-connection
Do not connect to server.
--no-defaults
Do not read default options from any given file.
--no-history-logging
Disable history logging even if connection is available.
--no-locking
Disable locking of tables even if connection is available.
--number-of-buffers=NUMBER
Specifies the exact number of memory buffers to be used
for the backup operation.
--on-disk-full=option
Specifies the behavior when a backup process encounters
a disk-full condition.
--only-innodb
Back up only InnoDB data and log files.
--only-innodb-with-frm[={related| [Legacy] Back up only InnoDB data, log files, and the .frm
all}]
files associated with the InnoDB tables.
--only-known-file-types
Includes only files of a list of known types in the backup.
--optimistic-busytables=REGEXP
Perform an optimistic backup, using the regular expression
specified with the option to select tables that will be
skipped in the first phase of an optimistic backup.
--optimistic-time=DATE-TIME
Perform an optimistic backup with the value specified with
the option as the optimistic time—a time after which tables
that have not been modified are believed to be inactive
tables.
--page-reread-count=number
Maximum number of page re-reads.
--page-reread-time=MS
Wait time before a page re-read.
--password=string
Connection password.
--pipe
alias for –protocol=pipe.
--port=#
TCP portnumber to connect to.
--print-defaults
Print a list of option values supplied by defaults files and
exit.
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Format
Description
Introduced
--process-threads=NUMBER
Specifies the number of process-threads for the backup
operation.
--progress-interval=SECONDS
Interval between progress reports in seconds.
--protocol=name
Connection protocol.
--read-threads=NUMBER
Specifies the number of read-threads for the backup
operation.
--relay-log-index=FILENAME
Specifies the absolute path of the index file on the MySQL
server that lists all the used relay log files (for offline
backups of salve servers only).
--relaylog-info-file=FILENAME
Specifies the absolute path of the information file in which
a slave records information about the relay logs (for offline
backups of salve servers only).
--rename="old_table_name to
new_table_name"
Rename a single table when it is selected by the --include- 3.12.0
tables option to be restored
--sbt-database-name=NAME
Used as a hint to the Media Management Software (MMS)
for the selection of media and policies for tape backup.
--sbtComma separated list of environment variable
environment=VAR1=value1[,VAR2=value2[,...]]
assignments to be given to the SBT library.
SBT API provider)
--sbt-lib-path=PATH
Path name of the SBT library used by software that
manages tape backups.
--secure-auth
Refuse client connecting to server if it uses old (pre-4.1.1)
protocol.
--shared-memory-basename=value
It designates the shared-memory name used by a
Windows server to permit clients to connect using shared
memory (Windows only).
--show-progress[=destinations]
Instructs mysqlbackup to periodically output short progress
reports known as progress indicators on its operation.
--skip-binlog
Do not include binary log files during backup, or do not
restore binary log files during restore.
--skip-messages-logdir
Disable logging to teelog file.
--skip-relaylog
Do not include relay log files during backup, or do not
restore relay log files during a restore.
--skip-unused-pages
Skip unused pages in tablespaces when backing up
InnoDB tables.
--slave-info
Capture information needed to set up an identical slave
server.
--sleep=MS
Time to sleep in milliseconds after copying each 1MB of
data.
--socket=name
Socket file to use to connect.
--src-entry=PATH
Identifies a file or directory to extract from a single-file
backup.
--ssl
Enable SSL for connection (automatically enabled with
other --ssl- flags).
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Format
Description
Introduced
--ssl-ca
CA file in PEM format (implies –ssl).
--ssl-capath
CA directory (check OpenSSL docs,implies --ssl).
--ssl-cert
X509 cert in PEM format (implies --ssl).
--ssl-cipher
SSL cipher to use (implies --ssl).
--ssl-key
X509 key in PEM format (implies --ssl).
--ssl-verify-server-cert
Verify server's "Common Name" in its cert against
hostname used when connecting.
--start-lsn=LSN
Specifies the highest LSN value included in a previous
backup.
--suspend-at-end
Pauses the mysqlbackup command when the backup
procedure is close to ending.
--trace=LEVEL [99]
Trace level of messages by mysqlbackup.
--uncompress
Uncompress the compressed backup before applying log.
--use-tts[={with-minimumlocking|with-full-locking}]
Enable selective backup of InnoDB tables using
transportable tablespaces (TTS).
--user=name
Database user name to connect.
--verbose
Print more verbose information.
--version
Display version information.
--with-timestamp
Create a subdirectory underneath the backup directory
with a name formed from the timestamp of the backup
operation.
--write-threads=NUMBER
Specifies the number of write-threads for the backup
operation.
13.1 Standard Options
The standard options are options of a general nature, or options that are not classified under any other
specific option group.
Here is a list of the standard options:
• The following standard options also exist for the mysql command. Full descriptions for these options
can be found in the MySQL reference manual, accessible through, e.g., Server Option and Variable
Reference. These options must be specified ahead of any other mysqlbackup options, including the
rest of the standard options:
--print-defaults
--no-defaults
--defaults-file=PATH
--defaults-extra-file=PATH
--defaults-group-suffix=str
Print the program argument list and exit.
Don't read default options from any option file.
Only read default options from the given file. It has to be the first option to
Read this file after the global files are read.
Also read option groups with the usual names and a suffix of str.
• The following options are also common between mysqlbackup and mysql, and full descriptions
for them can be found in the MySQL reference manual, accessible through, e.g., Server Option and
Variable Reference. However, mysqlbackup does not accept any short forms for these options as
mysql does (for example, you must use --help instead of -h for mysqlbackup):
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--help
--version
--verbose
--debug
Display help.
Display version information
Print more verbose information.
Print debug information.
• More standard options are available for mysqlbackup:
--force
Force overwriting of data, log, or image files, depending on the operation.
--trace=level Trace level of messages by mysqlbackup.
--force: By default, some of the operations halt rather than overwrite any user data or log files when
told to write to existing files. --force allows the following:
• Overwriting of InnoDB data and log files during the apply-log and apply-incremental-backup
operations.
• When restoring a TTS backup, changing temporarily the value of innodb_file_format on the
server, in order to allow restores of per-table InnoDB data files regardless of their format.
• Replacing of an image file during an backup-to-image or backup-dir-to-image operation.
• Overwriting data in a non-empty target directory with backup data during a copy-back operation
performed on a full backup (the use of copy-back-and-apply-log is not recommended in this
case)
• Restoring a partial image backup created with MySQL Enterprise Backup 3.11 or earlier; the --force
option is required, due to a known issue (Bug# 20485910).
• Restoring a backup onto a server where the directory pointed to by the .bl file in the backup (a copy
of the .isl file from the backed-up server) already contains .ibd data files.
For all other operations, the --force option is rejected with an error message.
--trace=level
Command-Line Format
--trace=LEVEL
Permitted Values
Type
enumeration
Default 0
Valid
0
Values 1
2
3
Trace level of mysqlbackup messages. The permissible levels, in the order of increasing fineness, are:
• 0 - INFO (information, warnings, errors)
• 1 - FINE (verbose option is enabled)
• 2 - FINER (debug option is enabled)
• 3 - FINEST (includes all low level outputs)
13.2 Connection Options
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When mysqlbackup creates a backup, it sends SQL commands to MySQL server using a database
connection. The general connection details are the same as described in Connecting to the MySQL Server
in the MySQL Reference Manual.
As part of the mysqlbackup invocation, specify the appropriate --user, --password, --port, and/or
--socket options that are necessary to connect to the MySQL server.
You can specify the following connection-specific options in the [mysqlbackup] or [client] sections
of a MySQL configuration file, or through mysqlbackup command-line options. mysqlbackup reads your
default configuration files and then the my.cnf file specified on the command line.
Note
• mysqlbackup reads only --user, --password, --port, and --socket
options from the [client] group, and ignores any other connection options.
• If you do not provide a value for the --password, the command prompts for one
from the keyboard.
• The --host option is allowed in the configuration file for compatibility, but
currently it has no effect. mysqlbackup always connects to the local server's IP
address.
Options Common to mysqld
========================
--login-path=name
--port=port-num
--protocol=tcp|socket|pipe|memory
--pipe [ alias for --protocol=pipe ]
--user=name [ short option: -u ]
--host=hostname
--socket=name
--shared-memory-base-name=value [Windows only]
--character-sets-dir=PATH
--default-character-set=VALUE
--secure-auth [ Don't connect to pre-4.1.1 server ]
--password[=value] [ short option: -p ]
--connect_timeout
--ssl [ Enable SSL for connection ]
--ssl-key=file_name
--ssl-cert=file_name
--ssl-ca=file_name
--ssl-capath=directory_name
--ssl-cipher=cipher_list
--ssl-verify-server-cert
Connection Options Specific to mysqlbackup
==========================================
--no-connection
--connect-if-online
Most other connection parameters used by the mysql command are recognized, but silently ignored.
Unknown connection parameters cause mysqlbackup to stop.
The following connections options are specific to mysqlbackup:
• --no-connection
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The --no-connection option supersedes the other connection options and uses file-level operations
to perform the backup. When you use this option, you must specify in the configuration file or on the
command line many options whose values are normally retrieved automatically through the database
connection.
Warning
This option also turns on the --no-history-logging and --no-locking
options, which might result in inconsistencies in non-InnoDB data if the tables are
modified during the backup operation. It might also affect subsequent incremental
backups; see the description for the --incremental-base option for details.
• --connect-if-online
By default, a database connection is used for backup operations both during the initial stage to retrieve
source repository configuration, and to lock tables while copying non-InnoDB data. This option allows
mysqlbackup to make connection attempts in both phases, but continues even if the connection cannot
be established. If a connection cannot be established, the processing is the same as with the --noconnection option. This option can be useful in emergency situations: for example, when the database
server goes down during the backup operation.
13.3 Server Repository Options
These repository options specify various parameters related to the database server, from which the data is
backed up or to which a backup is restored.
These options are used only with the following operations:
• Backup creation operations: backup, backup-and-apply-log, backup-to-image.
• Restore operations: copy-back, copy-back-and-apply-log.
When a database connection is available during a backup, the parameters describing the source repository
are ignored, overridden by the corresponding values retrieved from the database connection.
For information about how these options are specified for the MySQL server, click the option names to see
the descriptions in the MySQL Reference Manual.
• datadir=PATH
This is the datadir value used by the MySQL instance. The .frm files reside here inside
subdirectories named after the databases inside the instance.
When a database connection exists, the value is retrieved automatically and overrides any value you
specify. This is a crucial parameter for both the MySQL server and MySQL Enterprise Backup.
• innodb_data_home_dir=PATH
Specifies the directory where InnoDB data files reside. Usually the same as datadir, but can be
different.
This parameter, together with innodb_data_file_path=SIZE, determines where the InnoDB data
files such as ibdata1, ibdata2, and so on, are situated within the MySQL server.
Typically, you do not need to specify this option, because its value is retrieved automatically using the
database connection.
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Its value is derived as follows:
• If innodb_data_home_dir is not specified, it inherits the value of datadir.
• If innodb_data_home_dir is a relative path, the path is located relative to (that is, underneath) the
datadir value.
• An innodb_data_home_dir of "" refers to the / root directory.
• If innodb_data_home_dir is an absolute path, its value is used as-is.
• innodb_data_file_path=VALUE
Specifies InnoDB data file names and sizes. Examples:
ibdata1:32M;ibdata2:32M:autoextend
/abs/path/ibdata1:32M:autoextend
innodb-dir/ibdata1:32M:autoextend
When a database connection exists, the value is retrieved automatically and overrides any value you
specify.
This parameter together with innodb_data_home_dir determines where the InnoDB data files (such as
ibdata1, ibdata2, and so on) reside in server repository.
Typically, you do not need to specify this option, because its value is retrieved automatically using the
database connection. If no database connection is available, you must specify it.
Whether the initial file name begins with a / character or not, the files are located relative to the
innodb_data_home_dir value.
• innodb_log_group_home_dir=PATH
Specifies where InnoDB logs reside within the server repository. Usually the same as datadir, but can
be different.
Its value is derived as follows:
• If innodb_log_group_home_dir is not specified, it inherits the value of datadir.
• If innodb_log_group_home_dir is a relative path, the path is taken to be relative to (that is,
underneath) the datadir value.
• If innodb_log_group_home_dir is an absolute path, its value is used as-is.
• innodb_log_files_in_group=N
Specifies the number of InnoDB log files before being rotated.
Typically, you do not need to specify this option, because its value is retrieved automatically using the
database connection. If no database connection is available, you must specify it.
When a database connection exists, the value is retrieved automatically and overrides any value you
specify.
• innodb_log_file_size=SIZE
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Specifies maximum single InnoDB log file size before switching to next log file. Example: 20M.
Typically, you do not need to specify this option, because its value is retrieved automatically using the
database connection. If no database connection is available, you must specify it.
When a database connection exists, the value is retrieved automatically and overrides any value you
specify.
• innodb_page_size=SIZE
Specifies the page size for all InnoDB tablespaces.
Typically, you do not need to specify this option, because its value is retrieved automatically using the
database connection. If no database connection is available, you must specify it.
When a database connection exists, the value is retrieved automatically and overrides any value you
specify.
• innodb_checksum_algorithm=NAME
Specifies the name of the checksum algorithm used for validating InnoDB tablespaces. Default is
innodb.
Typically, you do not need to specify this option, because its value is retrieved automatically using the
database connection. If no database connection is available, you must specify it.
When a database connection exists, the value is retrieved automatically and overrides any value you
specify.
13.4 Backup Repository Options
These options specify various parameters related to the backup directory and its layout, or to how the
backup will be restored. Typically, --backup-dir is the only option from the group that you need to
specify when using mysqlbackup.
The backup repository options are used with the following operations:
• Backup operations: backup, backup-and-apply-log, backup-to-image.
• Restore operations: copy-back, copy-back-and-apply-log.
The backup repository options are divided into two groups: the first one determines the structure of the
backup, and the second one provides information on the original structure of the data on the backed-up
server for future operations on the backup.
The following options determine the structure of the backup:
• --backup_dir=PATH
Same as --backup-dir. The directory under which the backup data and metadata are stored,
permanently or temporarily. It is a crucial parameter required for most kinds of backup and restore
operations.
The option is used differently for different operations and under different situations:
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• For backup to a directory: Use --backup-dir to specify the directory to store the backup data and
metadata (including the mysqlbackup message log, the start and end LSN, and so on). The directory
specified by --backup-dir cannot be a subdirectory of the directory specified by --datadir.
When the --with-timestamp option is also specified, an additional level of subdirectory, with the
timestamp in its name, is created under --backup-dir (see description for the --with-timestamp
option for details). Unless the --with-timestamp option is used, the directory specified by -backup-dir must be empty, or the backup operation will fail with an error.
• For backup to a single file (including incremental, compressed, encrypted, and cloud backups): Use -backup-dir to supply a temporary folder to save the backup metadata (including the mysqlbackup
message log, the start and end LSN, and so on) and some temporary output. The backup data,
together with a copy of the metadata, will be stored in a singe file whose name is specified with the
--backup-image option. Note that, however, if --backup-image does not give a full path name,
mysqlbackup will actually take the value of --backup-image as a path relative to the directory
specified by --backup-dir, and thus store the single-file backup under --backup-dir (or, if the -with-timestamp option is used, under a subdirectory created under --backup-dir, which bears
the timestamp in its name).
• For restoring a backup directory: Use --backup-dir to specify the location of the backup directory,
from which data will be restored to the server.
• For restoring a single-file backup (including incremental, compressed, encrypted, and cloud backups):
When using copy-back-and-apply-log to restore a single-file backup, use --backup-dir to
supply a temporary folder to store the temporary data of the restore operation. The directory specified
by --backup-dir should be empty—if a non-empty directory is used, the restore operation will still
be carried out, but the restore data might be corrupted.
For restoring an incremental backup to a single-file, you can use --incremental-backup-dir for
the same purpose.
• backup_innodb_data_home_dir=PATH
The directory under which the backup's InnoDB data files are to be stored. Specify the option if you
want to put the data files at somewhere other than the default location (which is backup-dir/
datadir). If the value of the parameter is different from backup-dir/datadir, it is stored into
the backup-my.cnf file as innodb_data_home_dir for information, so that mysqlbackup can
understand the structure of the backup when it performs various operations on the backup. Together
with backup_innodb_data_file_path option, it determines the actual file paths of the InnoDB data
files inside the backup.
The value for the parameter is derived as follows:
• If backup_innodb_data_home_dir is not specified, its value will be backup-dir/datadir.
• If backup_innodb_data_home_dir is an absolute path, its value is used as-is.
• If backup_innodb_data_home_dir is a relative path, the path is taken to be relative to (that is,
underneath) backup-dir.
• An empty string (“”) for backup_innodb_data_home_dir means the value of
innodb_data_file_path is to be taken as an absolute path..
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This parameter is applicable only for backup operations; during a restore, the InnoDB data files are
restored under the data directory specified by --datadir, unless another location is specified using the
--innodb_data_home_dir option during restore.
• backup_innodb_data_file_path=VALUE
The InnoDB data file names and sizes. Examples:
ibdata1:32M;ibdata2:32M:autoextend
/abs/path/ibdata1:32M:autoextend
innodb-dir/ibdata1:32M:autoextend
This parameter, together with backup_innodb_data_home_dir, determines where the InnoDB
data files are stored within the backup repository. Any file path specified with this option is taken to
be relative to the value of the backup_innodb_data_home_dir option (that is true even if the file
path is specified in the form of an absolute path, like /abs/path/ibdata1:32M:autoextend).
To specify truly absolute paths for InnoDB data files in the backup with this option, you must set the
backup_innodb_data_home option to "" [empty string], in addition to using an absolute path for this
option.
When the parameter is not specified, it inherits the value from the value of the
innodb_data_file_path option on the backed-up server. If both the source and destination of the
backup attempt to use the same absolute paths that resolves to the same files, the backup is cancelled.
The value of the parameter is stored into the backup-my.cnf file as innodb_data_file_path for
information, so that mysqlbackup can understand the structure of the backup when it performs various
operations on the backup.
• backup_innodb_log_group_home_dir=PATH
The directory under which the backup's InnoDB logs will be stored. Specify this option only if you want to
put the logs at somewhere other than the default location (which is backup-dir/datadir). If the value
of the parameter is different from backup-dir/datadir, it is stored in the backup-my.cnf file as
innodb_log_group_home_dir for information, so that mysqlbackup can understand the structure
of the backup when it performs various operations on the backup. Note that while you can specify a
directory for saving the logs, the names of the log files are fixed and not reconfigurable.
This parameter is applicable only for backup operations; during a restore, the InnoDB log files are
restored under the data directory specified by --datadir, unless another location is specified using
the --innodb_log_group_home_dir option during restore. The value of the parameter is derived as
follows:
• If backup_innodb_log_group_home_dir is not specified, its value will be backup-dir/
datadir.
• If backup_innodb_log_group_home_dir is an absolute path, its value is used as-is.
• If backup_innodb_log_group_home_dir is a relative path, the path is taken to be relative to (that
is, underneath) backup-dir.
• An empty string (“”) for the option produces an error.
• backup_innodb_undo_directory=PATH
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The relative or absolute directory path where separate tablespaces are created for the InnoDB
undo logs during the backup. When unspecified, the option takes up the same value as
backup_innodb_log_group_home_dir; specify this option only if you want to put the undo logs at
some other location. If the value of the parameter is different from backup-dir/datadir, it is stored
in the backup-my.cnf file as innodb_undo_directory for information, so that mysqlbackup can
understand the structure of the backup when it performs various operations on the backup.
This parameter is applicable only for backup operations; during a restore, the InnoDB undo log
tablespaces are restored under the data directory specified by --datadir, unless another location is
specified by the --innodb_undo_directory option during restore.
• --with-timestamp
Creates a subdirectory underneath the backup directory, with a name formed with the timestamp of
the backup operation. It is useful for maintaining a single backup directory containing many backup
snapshots put under different subdirectories.
Default: no timestamped subdirectory is created. To reuse the same backup directory for a new backup
without using this option, either remove the previous backup files manually or, for a single-file backup,
specify the --force [99] option to overwrite the old backup file.
The following parameters provide information on the original structure of the data on the backed-up server
for future operations on the backup, but do not affect the structure of the backup itself:
• backup_innodb_log_files_in_group=N
The number of InnoDB log files in a log group on the restored server. See the description for
innodb_log_files_in_group in the MySQL server manual. The value for this parameter, saved as
innodb_log_files_in_group in the backup-my.cnf file, is derived as follows:
• Use the backup_innodb_log_files_in_group value from command line or configuration file, if
specified.
• Else, use the innodb_log_files_in_group value from the backed-up server, if it is an online
backup.
• Else, use the innodb_log_files_in_group value from the mysqlbackup command line or
configuration file.
• backup_innodb_log_file_size=SIZE
The maximum single InnoDB log file size in backup before switching to next log file, on the restored
server. See the description for innodb_log_file_size in the MySQL server manual. The value for
this parameter, saved as innodb_log_file_size in the backup-my.cnf file, is derived as follows:
• Use the backup_innodb_log_file_size value from command line or configuration file, if
specified.
• Else, use the innodb_log_file_size value from the backed-up server, if it is an online backup.
• Else, use the specified innodb_log_file_size value from the mysqlbackup command line or
configuration file.
• backup_innodb_page_size=SIZE
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Specifies, for an offline backup, the page size for all InnoDB tablespaces on the restored server. This
option should be specified carefully, because the page size must be the same as that of the backed up
MySQL instance, or the backup could become useless. For an online backup, the value is taken from the
value of the innodb_page_size option on the backed-up server.
Value of this option is saved in the backup-my.cnf file, to be used for restoring the database.
• backup_innodb_undo_logs=NUMBER
Specifies, for an offline backup, the number of rollback segments in the InnoDB system tablespace on
the restored server. This option should be specified carefully, because the value must be the same as
that of innodb_undo_logs on the backed-up MySQL instance, or the backup could become useless.
For an online backup, the value for the parameter is taken from the value of the innodb_undo_logs
option on the backed-up server.
• backup_innodb_undo_tablespaces=NUMBER
Specifies the number of tablespace files that the undo logs are divided between, when you use a nonzero backup_innodb_undo_logs setting. This option should be specified carefully, because the value
must be the same as that of innodb_undo_tablespaces on the backed-up MySQL instance, or the
backup could become useless. For an online backup, the value for the parameter is taken from the value
of the innodb_undo_tablespaces option on the backed-up server. By default, all the undo logs are
part of the system tablespace, and the system tablespace will always contain one undo tablespace in
addition to those configured by innodb_undo_tablespaces.
• backup_innodb_checksum_algorithm=NAME
Specifies, for an offline backup, the name of the checksum algorithm used for validating the InnoDB
tablespaces on the restored server. This option should be specified carefully, because the checksum
algorithm must be the same use on the backed-up MySQL instance, or the backup could become
useless. For an online backup, the value is taken from the value of the innodb_checksum_algorithm
option on the backed-up server.
Default value of the option is “innodb”.
Value of this option is saved in the backup-my.cnf file, to be used for restoring the database.
13.5 Metadata Options
These options control the generation of metadata about backups. Some metadata is stored in the backup
directory, other metadata is stored in tables within the mysql database of the backed-up instance.
• --no-history-logging
Turns off the recording of backup progress and history in logging tables inside the backed-up database.
See Section 10.4, “Using the MySQL Enterprise Backup Logs” for details about these tables.
Default: history logging is enabled. When --no-connection is specified, history logging is
automatically disabled. When --connect-if-online is specified, history logging only works if a
database connection is successfully established during the backup.
• --comments=STRING
Command-Line Format
--comments=STRING
Permitted Values
Type
string
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Specifies a comment string that describes or identifies the backup. Surround multi-word comments
with appropriate quotation marks. The string is saved in a file meta/comments.txt in the backup. For
example: --comments="Backup of HR data on 2010/12/10".
• --comments-file=PATH
Command-Line Format
--comments-file=PATH
Permitted Values
Type
file name
Specifies path to a file containing comments describing the backup. This file is saved as meta/
comments.txt in the backup. For example: --comments-file=/path/to/comments.txt.
This option overrides the --comments option if both are specified.
13.6 Compression Options
For an overview on backup compression, see Section 4.3.3, “Making a Compressed Backup”.
• --compress
Create backup in compressed format. For a regular backup, among all the storage engines supported
by MySQL, only data files of the InnoDB format are compressed, and they bear the .ibz extension after
the compression. Similarly, for a single-image backup, only data files of the InnoDB format inside the
backup image are compressed. The binary log and relay log files are compressed and saved with the
.bz extension when being included in a compressed backup.
Default: compression is disabled.
• --compress-method=ALGORITHM
Command-Line Format
--compress-method=ALGORITHM
Permitted Values
Type
enumeration
Default lz4
Valid
zlib
Values lz4
lzma
Specifies the compression algorithm. The supported arguments for the option and the algorithms they
represent are:
• lz4: LZ4 r109. Out of the three algorithms that are supported, this is the most efficient one, typically
taking the shortest backup and restore times with the lowest CPU cost. See lz4—Extremely Fast
Compression algorithm for more details, including a comparison with other compression algorithms.
• lzma: LZMA 9.20. Out of the three supported algorithms, this typically provides the highest
compression ratio; but it is also far more expensive in terms of CPU cost than the other two options.
Thus we do not recommend this for active systems, but only for off-hour or inactive databases, or
where I/O rates are extremely low.
• zlib: ZLIB v1.2.3. This is in between the other two supported algorithms in terms of both speed and
compression ratio. ZLIB was the only compression algorithm available for MySQL Enterprise Backup
versions prior to 3.10.
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Default: lz4. Explicitly specifying a value for the option through a configuration file or command line
automatically enables the --compress option.
• --compress-level=LEVEL
Command-Line Format
--compress-level=LEVEL
Permitted Values
Type
numeric
Default 1
Min
Value
0
Max
Value
9
Specifies the level of compression, ranging from “0” to “9”: “0 ”disables compression; “1” is fastest
compression, and “9” is highest (and slowest) compression. The option is only meaningful for
compression using the ZLIB or LZMA algorithm; it is ignored when any other algorithms are selected by
the --compress-method option.
Default: 1 (lowest and fastest compression). Explicitly specifying a non-zero value through a
configuration file or command line automatically enables the --compress option.
• --uncompress
When used with the apply-log or copy-back-and-apply-log operation, uncompresses the
compressed backup before applying the InnoDB log.
13.7 Incremental Backup Options
For an overview of incremental backups and usage examples for these options, see Section 4.3.2, “Making
a Differential or Incremental Backup”.
To take an incremental backup, specify the --incremental or --incremental-with-redo-logonly, along with the --incremental-backup-dir option. All InnoDB data modified after the specified
LSN is copied in the incremental backup. Depending on whether --incremental or --incrementalwith-redo-log-only is used, other options are required or recommended.
• --incremental
Specifies that the associated backup or backup-to-image operation is incremental. Also
requires either the --incremental-base option, or the combination of the --start-lsn and -incremental-backup-dir options.
Only InnoDB tables are backed up incrementally. By default, all non-InnoDB and .frm files are included
into the incremental backup and in their fullness. To exclude non-InnoDB data in an incremental backup,
use the --only-innodb option.
• --incremental-with-redo-log-only
Specifies that an incremental backup is to be created using only the redo log. This alternate type of
incremental backup has different performance characteristics and operational limitations comparing to
backups created with the --incremental option; see Creating Incremental Backups Using Only the
Redo Log for a discussion on their differences.
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To use this option, you also need to specify the --incremental-base option, or a combination of the
--start-lsn and --incremental-backup-dir options. Just like with the --incremental option,
only InnoDB tables are backed up incrementally. By default, all non-InnoDB and .frm files are included
in incremental backup and in their fullness. To exclude non-InnoDB data in an incremental backup, use
the --only-innodb option.
• --incremental-base=mode:argument
Command-Line Format
--incremental-base=mode:argument
Permitted Values
Type
string
With this option, the mysqlbackup retrieves the information needed to perform incremental backups
from the metadata inside the backup directory rather than from the --start-lsn option. It saves
you from having to specify an ever-changing, unpredictable LSN value when doing a succession of
incremental backups. Instead, you specify a way to locate the previous backup directory through the
combination of mode and argument in the option syntax. The alternatives are:
• dir:directory_path
You specify the prefix dir: followed by a directory path. The path argument points to the directory
where the data from the previous backup is stored. With the first incremental backup, you specify the
directory holding the full backup; with the second incremental backup, you specify the directory holding
the first incremental backup, and so on.
• history:last_backup
You specify the prefix history: followed by last_backup, the only valid argument for this mode.
This makes mysqlbackup query the end_lsn value from the last successful backup as recorded in
the backup_history table of the server instance that is being backed up.
Warning
Do not use the history: mode if the previous backup was a full backup taken
with the --no-connection option, which always turns off the recording of
backup history and might cause errors for a subsequent incremental backup
using this mode of the --incremental-base option.
• --start-lsn=LSN
Command-Line Format
--start-lsn=LSN
Permitted Values
Type
numeric
In an incremental backup, specifies the highest LSN value included in a previous backup. You can
get this value from the output of the previous backup operation, or from the backup_history
table's end_lsn column for the previous backup operation. Always used in combination with the -incremental option; not needed when you use the --incremental-base option; not recommended
when you use the --incremental-with-redo-log-only mechanism for incremental backups.
• --incremental-backup-dir=PATH
Specifies the location for data of an incremental backup. When creating or restoring an incremental
backup, the option serves the same function as --backup-dir does for backups and restores in
general, and the option can in fact be used interchangeably with --backup-dir. See the description for
--backup-dir for details.
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The location specified by --incremental-backup-dir is the same location you will specify with -incremental-base when you use that option for a subsequent incremental backup.
13.8 Partial Backup and Restore Options
Note
Since MySQL Enterprise Backup 3.10, the two options --include-tables and
--exclude-tables have been introduced. These were intended for replacing
the older options of --include, --databases, --databases-list-file, and
--only-innodb-with-frm, which are incompatible with the new options and
will be deprecated in future releases. For references purpose, we have included
information on the older options at the end of this section in Legacy Partial Backup
Options.
To select specific data to be backed up or restored, use the partial backup and restore options described in
this section.
For an overview of partial backup and usage examples on the following options, see Section 4.3.4, “Making
a Partial Backup”. See also Section 5.2.4, “Restoring Backups Created with the --use-tts Option”, on
selective restore of tables from a backup.
• --include-tables=REGEXP
Introduced
3.10.0
Command-Line Format
--include-tables=REGEXP
Permitted Values
Type
string
Include for backup or restoration only those tables (both innodb and non-innodb) whose fully qualified
names (in the form of db_name.table_name) match the regular expression REGEXP. The regular
expression syntax used is the extended form specified in the POSIX 1003.2 standard. For example, -include-tables=^mydb\.t[12]$ matches the tables t1 and t2 in the database mydb. On Unix-like
systems, quote the regular expression appropriately to prevent interpretation of shell meta-characters.
Some limitations apply when using the option to select database names or file names that contain
special characters (spaces, dashes, periods, etc.); see this description in Appendix B, MySQL Enterprise
Backup Limitations for details. mysqlbackup throws an error when the option is used without a regular
expression being supplied with it.
While the option can be used for different kinds of backups, selective restore is only supported for
backups created using transportable tablespace (TTS) (that is, backups created with the --use-tts
option). The option can also be used with the backup-dir-to-image and image-to-backup-dir
commands to select tables when creating or unpacking a backup image.
The option cannot be used together with the legacy --include, --databases, --databases-listfile, or --only-innodb-with-frm option.
When used together with the --exclude-tables option, --include-tables is applied first,
meaning mysqlbackup first selects all tables specified by --include-tables and then excludes from
the set those tables specified by --exclude-tables.
• --exclude-tables=REGEXP
Introduced
3.10.0
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Command-Line Format
--exclude-tables=REGEXP
Permitted Values
Type
string
Exclude for backup or restoration all tables (both innodb and non-innodb) whose fully qualified names
(in the form of db_name.table_name) match the regular expression REGEXP. The regular expression
syntax is the extended form specified in the POSIX 1003.2 standard. For example, --excludetables=^mydb\.t[12]$ matches the tables t1 and t2 in the database mydb. On Unix-like systems,
quote the regular expression appropriately to prevent interpretation of shell meta-characters. Some
limitations apply when using the option to select database names or file names that contain special
characters (spaces, dashes, periods, etc.); see this description in Appendix B, MySQL Enterprise
Backup Limitations for details. mysqlbackup throws an error when the option is used without a regular
expression being supplied with it.
While the option can be used for different kinds of backups, selective restore is only supported for
backups created using transportable tablespaces (TTS) (that is, backups created with the --use-tts
option). The option can also be used with the backup-dir-to-image and image-to-backup-dir
commands to select tables when creating or unpacking a backup image.
The option cannot be used together with the --include, --databases, --databases-list-file,
or --only-innodb-with-frm option.
When used together with the --include-tables option, --include-tables is applied first,
meaning mysqlbackup first select all tables specified by --include-tables, and then exclude from
the set those tables specified by --exclude-tables for backup.
• --only-known-file-types
For back up only. By default, all files in the database subdirectories under the data directory of the
server are included in the backup (see Section 1.4, “Files that Are Backed Up” for details). If the -only-known-file-types option is specified, mysqlbackup only backs up those types of files that
are data files for MySQL or its built-in storage engines, which have the following extensions:
• .ARM: Archive storage engine metadata
• .ARZ: Archive storage engine data
• .CSM: CSV storage engine data
• .CSV: CSV storage engine data
• .frm: table definitions
• .ibd: InnoDB tablespace created using the file-per-table mode
• .MRG: Merge storage engine references to other tables
• .MYD: MyISAM data
• .MYI: MyISAM indexes
• .opt: database configuration information
• .par: partition definitions
• .TRG: trigger parameters
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• .TRN: trigger namespace information
• --only-innodb
For back up only. Back up only InnoDB data and log files. All files created by other storage engines are
excluded. Typically used when no connection to mysqld is allowed or when there is no need to copy
MyISAM files.
The option is not compatible with the --slave-info option.
Default: backups include files from all storage engines.
• --use-tts[={with-minimum-locking|with-full-locking}]
Command-Line Format
--use-tts[={with-minimum-locking|with-full-locking}]
Permitted Values
Type
enumeration
Default with-minimum-locking
Valid
with-minimum-locking
Values with-full-locking
Enable selective backup of InnoDB tables using transportable tablespaces (TTS). This is to be used in
conjunction with the --include-tables and --exclude-tables options for selecting the InnoDB
tables to be backed up by regular expressions. Using TTS for backups offers the following advantages:
• Backups can be restored to a different server
• The system tablespace is not backed up, saving disk space and I/O resources
• Data consistency of the tables is managed by MySQL Enterprise Backup
However, the option has the following limitations:
• Supports only MySQL version 5.6 and after (as earlier versions of MySQL do not support TTS)
• Can only backup tables that are stored in their own individual tablespaces (i.e., tables created with the
innodb_file_per_table option enabled)
• Cannot back up partitioned tables
• Cannot be used for incremental backups
There are two possible values for the option:
• with-minimum-locking: Hot copies of the selected tables are backed up, and the tables are then
locked in read-only mode while the redo log (with only the portion containing the relevant changes
made after the hot backup) is being included in the backup. Any tables created during the locking
phase are ignored.
• with-full-locking: The selected tables are locked in read-only mode while they are being backed
up. The redo log is not included in the backup. Any tables created during the locking phase are
ignored.
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Note
Due to a known issue, when creating a backup using TTS for a server
containing tables with a mix of the Antelope and Barracuda file formats, do
NOT apply full locking on the tables.
Default: with-minimum-locking
To use the --use-tts option, extra privileges are required of the user through which mysqlbackup
connects to the server; see Section 4.1.2, “Grant MySQL Privileges to Backup Administrator” for details.
There are some special requirements for restoring backups created with the --use-tts option; see
Section 5.2.4, “Restoring Backups Created with the --use-tts Option” for details.
• --rename=“old_table_name to new_table_name”
Rename a single table when it is selected by the --include-tables or --exclude-tables option
(or both together) to be restored to a database from a backup created using the --use-tts option. The
table named old_table_name is renamed to new_table_name. Note that when using the option:
• The --include-tables or --exclude-tables option (or both together) must be used in the
restore command for the --rename option to work, unless there is only one table in the backup. Also,
the --include-tables or --exclude-tables option (or both together) should specify one and
only one table for restore when --rename is used, or the restore will fail.
• old_table_name and new_table_name can be fully qualified (containing the database names, in
the format of db_name.tb_name) or not. Regular expressions are not accepted for old_table_name
and new_table_name.
• The restore fails if old_table_name does not match with the table specified using the --includetables or --exclude-tables option (or both together), or if new_table_name already exists in
the target database.
• The requirements listed in Section 5.2.4, “Restoring Backups Created with the --use-tts Option”
apply.
See Section 5.2.4, “Restoring Backups Created with the --use-tts Option”, for more information on
selective restores, and for an example of table renaming.
Legacy Partial Backup Options
Important
Information in this subsection is only for using the legacy options of --include,
--databases, --databases-list-file, and --only-innodb-with-frm,
which will be deprecated in the upcoming issues. For creating partial backups, it
is strongly recommended that the new options of --include-tables and -exclude-tables be used instead. Note that you cannot combine the legacy and
the new partial-backup options in a single command.
Besides the legacy options, some other options are also discussed below, but the
information is only for using the options together with the legacy partial-backup
options.
For an overview of partial backups and usage examples for these legacy options, see Making a Partial
Backup with the Legacy Options.
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• --include=REGEXP
This option is for filtering InnoDB tables for backup. The InnoDB tables' fully qualified names
are checked against the regular expression specified by the option. If the REGEXP matches
db_name.table_name, the table is included. The regular expression syntax used is the extended form
specified in the POSIX 1003.2 standard. For example, --include=mydb\.t[12] matches the tables
t1 and t2 in the database mydb. mysqlbackup throws an error when the option is used without a
regular expression being supplied with it.
This option only applies to InnoDB tables created with the MySQL option innodb_file_per_table
enabled (which is the default setting for MySQL 5.6 and after), in which case the tables are in separate
files that can be included or excluded from the backup. All tables in the InnoDB system tablespace are
always backed up.
When no InnoDB table names match the specified regular expression, an error is thrown with a message
indicating there are no matches.
Default: Backs up all InnoDB tables.
Note
This option does not filter non-InnoDB tables, for which options like -databases and --databases-list-file can be used.
Important
This option does not filter the .frm files associated with InnoDB tables, meaning
that regardless of the option’s value, all the .frm files for all InnoDB tables are
always backed up unless they are excluded by other options. Those .frm files
for InnoDB tables that are not backed up should be deleted before the database
backup is restored. See Making a Partial Backup with the Legacy Options for
details.
• --databases=LIST
Specifies the list of non-InnoDB tables to back up. The argument specifies a space-separated list of
database or table names of the following form:
"db_name[.table_name] db_name1[.table_name1] ...".
If the specified values do not match any database or table, then no non-InnoDB data files are backed up.
See Making a Partial Backup with the Legacy Options [44] for details.
By default, all non-InnoDB tables from all databases are backed up.
Note
The option has no filtering effects on the InnoDB data files (.ibd files) for the
databases or tables it specifies. To filter InnoDB data files, use the --include
option instead.
• --databases-list-file=PATH
Specifies the pathname of a file that lists the non-InnoDB tables to be backed up. The file contains
entries for databases or fully qualified table names separated by newline or space. The format of the
entries is the same as for the --databases option:
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db_name[.table_name]
db_name1[.table_name1]
...
Remove any white spaces surrounding the database or table names, as the white spaces are not
removed automatically. Begin a line with the # character to include a comment. No regular expressions
are allowed.
If the specified entries do not match any database or table, then no non-InnoDB data files are backed up.
Note
The option has no filtering effects on the InnoDB data files (.ibd files) for the
databases or tables it specifies. To filter InnoDB data files, use the --include
option instead.
• --only-innodb-with-frm[={all|related}]
Back up only InnoDB data, log files, and the .frm files associated with the InnoDB tables.
• --only-innodb-with-frm=all includes the .frm files for all InnoDB tables in the backup.
• --only-innodb-with-frm=related, in combination with the --include option, copies only the
.frm files for the tables that are included in the partial backup.
• --only-innodb-with-frm with no argument is the same as --only-innodb-withfrm=related.
Note
For incremental backups, even only changed .ibd files are backed up, .frm
files associated with all specified InnoDB tables are included.
This option saves you having to script the backup step for InnoDB .frm files, which you would normally
do while the server is put into a read-only state by a FLUSH TABLES WITH READ LOCK statement.
The .frm files are copied without putting the server into a read-only state, so that the backup operation
is a true hot backup and does not interrupt database processing. You must ensure that no ALTER
TABLE or other DDL statements change .frm files for InnoDB tables while the backup is in progress.
If mysqlbackup detects changes to any relevant .frm files during the backup operation, it halts with
an error. If it is not practical to forbid DDL on InnoDB tables during the backup operation, use the -only-innodb option instead and use the traditional method of copying the .frm files while the server is
locked.
All files created by other storage engines are excluded. Typically used when no connection to mysqld
is allowed or when there is no need to copy MyISAM files, for example, when you are sure there are no
DDL changes during the backup. See Making a Partial Backup with the Legacy Options for instructions
and examples.
The option is not compatible with the --slave-info option.
Default: backups include files from all storage engines.
• --use-tts[={with-minimum-locking|with-full-locking}]
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Enable selective backup of InnoDB tables using transportable tablespaces (TTS). This is to be used in
conjunction with the --include option, which selects the InnoDB tables to be backed up by a regular
expression. Using TTS for backups offers the following advantages:
• Backups can be restored to a different server
• The system tablespace is not backed up, saving disk space and I/O resources
• Data consistency of the tables is managed by MySQL Enterprise Backup
However, the option has the following limitations:
• Supports only MySQL version 5.6 and after (as earlier versions of MySQL do not support TTS)
• Can only backup tables that are stored in their own individual tablespaces (i.e., tables created with the
innodb_file_per_table option enabled)
• Cannot back up partitioned tables
• Cannot restore tables selectively from the backup
• Cannot be used for incremental backups
There are two possible values for the option:
• with-minimum-locking: Hot copies of the selected tables are backed up, and the tables are then
locked in read-only mode while the redo log (with only the portion containing the relevant changes
made after the hot backup) is being included in the backup. Any tables created during the locking
phase are ignored.
• with-full-locking: The selected tables are locked in read-only mode while they are being backed
up. The redo log is not included in the backup. Any tables created during the locking phase are
ignored.
Default: back up with minimum locking
There are some special requirements for restoring backups created with the --use-tts option; see the
explanations in Section 5.2, “Performing a Restore Operation” for details.
13.9 Single-File Backup Options
These options are associated with single-file backups. You use them in combination with the
mysqlbackup commands backup-to-image, image-to-backup-dir, backup-dir-to-image,
list-image, and extract. For usage examples, see Section 4.3.5, “Making a Single-File Backup”.
• --backup-image=IMAGE
Command-Line Format
--backup-image=IMAGE
Permitted Values
Type
file name
Specify the path name of the file used for a single-file operation. By default, the single-file backup is
streamed to standard output, so that you can pipe it directly to other commands such as a tape backup
or an ssh-related network command.
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You can optionally prefix the image name with file: to signify a file I/O (the default). For tape backups,
prefix the image name with sbt:. See Section 4.3.5.2, “Backing Up to Tape” for details about tape
backups.
• --src-entry=PATH
Command-Line Format
--src-entry=PATH
Permitted Values
Type
path name
Identifies a file or directory to extract from a single-file backup. This option is used with the extract
command. If the argument is a directory, all its files and subdirectory contents are extracted. No pattern
matching expression is allowed for the argument. Optionally, you can also specify the --dst-entry
option to extract the file or directory in a location different from its original path name.
For example: src-entry=meta/comments.txt extracts only one file, comments.txt, while srcentry=meta extracts the entire directory tree for the meta subdirectory.
Default: All entries are extracted.
• --dst-entry=PATH
Command-Line Format
--dst-entry=PATH
Permitted Values
Type
path name
Used with single-file backups to extract a single file or directory to a user-specified path. Use of this
option requires specifying the --src-entry option. This option specifies the destination path for the
entry selected from the backup image by --src-entry. The entry could point to a single file or single
directory. For example, to retrieve the comments file from a backup image and store it as /tmp/mycomments.txt, use a command like the following:
mysqlbackup --src-entry=meta/comments.txt \
--dst-entry=/tmp/my-comments.txt \
--backup-image=/var/myimage.bki extract
Similarly, to extract all the contents of the meta directory in a single-file backup as /data/my-meta,
use a command like the following:
mysqlbackup --src-entry=meta \
--dst-entry=/data/my-meta \
--backup-image=/var/myimage.bki
extract
The specified path is a simple path name without any wildcard expansion or regular expressions.
Default: By default, original pathnames are used to create files in the local file system.
• --sbt-database-name=NAME
Command-Line Format
--sbt-database-name=NAME
Permitted Values
Type
string
Default MySQL
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For tape backups, this option can be used as a hint to the Media Management Software (MMS) for the
selection of media and policies. This name has nothing to do with MySQL database names. It is a term
used by the MMS. See Section 4.3.5.2, “Backing Up to Tape” for usage details.
• --sbt-lib-path=PATH
Command-Line Format
--sbt-lib-path=PATH
Permitted Values
Type
file name
Path name of the SBT library used by the software that manages tape backups. If this is not specified,
operating system-specific search methods are used to locate libobk.so (UNIX) or orasbt.dll
(Windows). See Section 4.3.5.2, “Backing Up to Tape” for usage details.
• --sbt-environment=VAR=value,...
Command-Line Format
--sbt-environment=VAR1=value1[,VAR2=value2[,...]] SBT
API provider)
Permitted Values
Type
string
Passes product-specific environment variables to Oracle Secure Backup or another SBT-compliant
backup management product, as an alternative to setting and unsetting environment variables before
and after each mysqlbackup invocation.
The parameter to this option is a comma-separated list of key-value pairs, using
syntax similar to that of the RMAN tool for the Oracle Database. For example, --sbtenvironment=VAR1=val1,VAR2=val2,VAR3=val3.
Consult the documentation for your backup management product to see which of its features can be
controlled through environment variables. For example, the Oracle Secure Backup product defines
environment variables such as OB_MEDIA_FAMILY, OB_DEVICE, and OB_RESOURCE_WAIT_TIME.
You might set such variables with the mysqlbackup by specifying an option such as --sbtenvironment="OB_MEDIA_FAMILY=my_mf,OB_DEVICE=my_tape".
If the argument string contains any whitespace or special characters recognized by the
command shell, enclose the entire argument string in quotation marks. To escape an equals
sign or comma, use the \ character. For example, --sbt-environment="VAR1=multiple
words,VAR2=<angle_brackets>,VAR3=2+2\=4".
• --disable-manifest
Disable generation of manifest files for a backup operation, which are backup_create.xml and
backup_content.xml present in the meta subdirectory.
13.10 Performance / Scalability / Capacity Options
These options limit the resources used by the backup process, in order to minimize backup overhead for
busy or huge databases, or specify behaviors of the process when encountering resource issues.
• --number-of-buffers=num_buffers
Command-Line Format
--number-of-buffers=NUMBER
Permitted Values
Type
numeric
Default 14
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Min
Value
1
Specifies the number of buffers, each 16MB in size, to use during multithreaded options.
Use a high number for CPU-intensive processing such as backup, particularly when using compression.
Use a low number for disk-intensive processing such as restoring a backup. This value should be at
least as high as the number of read threads or write threads, depending on the type of operation.
Default: currently 14.
For compression or incremental backup operations, the buffer size is slightly more than 16MB to
accommodate the headers.
One additional buffer is used for single-file incremental backup and single-file compressed backup.
Compressed backup, compressed single-file backup, and uncompress apply-log operations require one
additional buffer for each process thread.
If you change the number of read, write, and processing threads, you can experiment with changing this
value so that it is slightly larger than the total number of threads specified by those other options. See
Section 7.1, “Optimizing Backup Performance” and Section 7.2, “Optimizing Restore Performance” for
additional advice about recommended combinations of values for this and other performance-related
options for various hardware configurations, such as RAID or non-RAID storage devices.
• --read-threads=num_threads
Command-Line Format
--read-threads=NUMBER
Permitted Values
Type
numeric
Default 1
Min
Value
1
Max
Value
15
Specifies the number of threads to use for reading data from disk.
Default: currently 1. This default applies to these kinds of operations: copy-back, extract, and
backup. If you specify a value of 0, it is silently adjusted to 1. The maximum is 15; if you supply a
negative value, it is silently adjusted to 15. For apply-log operations, the number of read threads
is always 1 regardless of this option setting. See Section 7.1, “Optimizing Backup Performance”
and Section 7.2, “Optimizing Restore Performance” for advice about recommended combinations of
values for --read-threads, --process-threads, and --write-threads for various hardware
configurations, such as RAID or non-RAID storage devices.
• --process-threads=num_threads
Command-Line Format
--process-threads=NUMBER
Permitted Values
Type
numeric
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Default 6
Min
Value
1
Max
Value
15
Specifies the number of threads to use for processing data, such as compressing or uncompressing
backup files.
Default: currently 6. This default applies to these kinds of operations: extract, and backup. It
is ignored when you use any of the options --incremental-with-redo-log-only, applyincremental-backup, copy-back, or backup-dir-to-image.
If you specify a value of 0, it is silently adjusted to 1. The maximum is 15; if you supply a negative value,
it is silently adjusted to 15. For apply-log operations, the number of process threads is always 1
regardless of this option setting. See Section 7.1, “Optimizing Backup Performance” and Section 7.2,
“Optimizing Restore Performance” for advice about recommended combinations of values for --readthreads, --process-threads, and --write-threads for various hardware configurations, such as
RAID or non-RAID storage devices.
• --write-threads=num_threads
Command-Line Format
--write-threads=NUMBER
Permitted Values
Type
numeric
Default 1
Min
Value
1
Max
Value
15
Specifies the number of threads to use for writing data to disk.
Default: currently 1. This default applies to these kinds of operations: copy-back, extract, and
backup. It is ignored when you use any of the single-file backup options list-image or validate.
If you specify a value of 0, it is silently adjusted to 1. The maximum is 15; if you supply a negative
value, it is silently adjusted to 15. For apply-log operations, the number of write threads is always 0
regardless of this option setting. See Section 7.1, “Optimizing Backup Performance” and Section 7.2,
“Optimizing Restore Performance” for advice about recommended combinations of values for --readthreads, --process-threads, and --write-threads for various hardware configurations, such as
RAID or non-RAID storage devices.
• --limit-memory=MB
Command-Line Format
--limit-memory=MB
Permitted Values
Type
numeric
Default 100 for apply-log (without uncompression), 300
for other operations
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Min
Value
0
Max
Value
999999
Specify maximum memory in megabytes that can be used by mysqlbackup. Formerly applied only to
apply-log operation, but in MySQL Enterprise Backup 3.8 and higher it applies to all operations. Do
not include any suffixes such as mb or kb in the option value.
Default: 100 for apply-log not used with --uncompress, 300 for all operations (in megabytes).
The memory limit specified by this option also caps the number of 16MB buffers available for
multithreaded processing. For example, with a 300 MB limit, the maximum number of buffers is 18. If
additional buffers are required because you increase the values for --read-threads, --processthreads, --write-threads, and/or --number-of-buffers, increase the --limit-memory value
proportionally.
• --sleep=MS
Command-Line Format
--sleep=MS
Permitted Values
Type
numeric
Default 0
Specify the number in milliseconds to sleep after copying a certain amount of data from InnoDB tables.
Each block of data is 1024 InnoDB data pages, typically totalling 16MB. This is to limit the CPU and I/O
overhead on the database server.
Default: 0 (no voluntary sleeps).
• --no-locking
Disables locking during backup of non-InnoDB files, even if a connection is available. Can be
used to copy non-InnoDB data with less disruption to normal database processing. There could be
inconsistencies in non-InnoDB data if any changes are made while those files are being backed up.
• --page-reread-time=MS
Command-Line Format
--page-reread-time=MS
Permitted Values
Type
numeric
Default 100
Interval in milliseconds that mysqlbackup waits before re-reading a page that fails a checksum test.
A busy server could be writing a page at the same moment that mysqlbackup is reading it. Can
be a floating-point number, such as 0.05 meaning 50 microseconds. Best possible resolution is 1
microsecond, but it could be worse on some platforms. Default is 100 milliseconds (0.1 seconds).
• --page-reread-count=retry_limit
Command-Line Format
--page-reread-count=number
Permitted Values
Type
numeric
Default 500
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Maximum number of re-read attempts, when a page fails a checksum test. A busy server could be
writing a page at the same moment that mysqlbackup is reading it. If the same page fails this many
checksum tests consecutively, with a pause based on the --page-reread-time option between each
attempt, the backup fails. Default is 500.
• --on-disk-full={abort|abort_and_remove|warn}
Command-Line Format
--on-disk-full=option
Permitted Values
Type
enumeration
Default abort
Valid
abort
Values warn
abort_and_remove
Specifies the behavior when a backup process encounters a disk-full condition. This option is only for
backup operations (backup, backup-and-apply-log, and backup-to-image).
• abort: Abort backup, without removing the backup directory. The disk remains full.
• abort_and_remove: Abort backup and remove the backup directory.
• warn: Write a warning message every 30 seconds and retry backup until disk space becomes
available.
Default: abort.
• --skip-unused-pages
Skip unused pages in tablespaces when backing up InnoDB tables. This option is applicable to the
backup and backup-to-image operations, but not to incremental backups. The option is ignored by
the backup-and-apply-log operation.
Note that backups created with the --skip-unused-pages option cannot be restored using copyback-and-apply-log.
Unused pages are free pages often caused by bulk delete of data. By skipping the unused pages during
backups, this option can reduce the backup sizes and thus the required disk space and I/O resources
for the operations. However, subsequent apply-log operations on the backups will take more time to
complete, as the unused pages are inserted back into the tables during the operations.
• --skip-binlog
Skip including the binary log files in the backup during a backup operation, or skip copying the binary log
files onto a server during a restore operation.
Binary log files, together with the binary log index file, are included by default for all kinds of online
backups (full, incremental, compressed, partial, single-file, etc.). See Section 1.4, “Files that Are Backed
Up”, for details. Use this option to skip backing up binary logs if resource, performance, or other issues
arise.
The binary log files and the binary log index file, when included in a backup, are always copied into the
restored server's data directory during a restore operation; if that is not the behavior you desire, use this
option to skip the restoring of the binary log.
• --skip-relaylog
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When working with a slave server, skip including the relay log files in the backup during a backup
operation, or skip copying the relay log files onto a server during a restore operation.
Relay log files, together with the relay log index file and the master.info and the slave.info files,
are included by default for all kinds of online backups (full, incremental, compressed, partial, single-file,
etc.) of a slave server. See Section 1.4, “Files that Are Backed Up”, for details. Use this option to skip
backing up relay logs if resource, performance, or other issues arise.
Note
If a user runs a FLUSH LOGS statement while backup is in progress for a slave,
the backup process will fail. Use the--skip-relaylog option if you expect a
FLUSH LOGS statement will be run during the backup and it is not necessary to
include the relay logs in the backup.
The relay log files and the files backed up together with them, when included in a backup, are always
copied into the restored server's data directory during a restore operation; if that is not the behavior you
desire, use this option to skip the restoring of the relay log.
• --log-bin-index[=PATH]
Introduced
3.11.0
Command-Line Format
--log-bin-index=FILENAME
Permitted Values
Type
file name
Default data_dir/host_name-bin.index
For MySQL 5.5, as well as all offline backups: specify the absolute path (including file name and
extension) of the index file on the MySQL server that lists all the used binary log files, if it is different from
the default path given below, in order to include the binary log files in the backup.
Default: data_dir/host_name-bin.index.
• --relay-log-index[=PATH]
Introduced
3.11.0
Command-Line Format
--relay-log-index=FILENAME
Permitted Values
Type
file name
Default data_dir/host_name-relay-bin.index
For offline backups of salve servers only: specify the absolute path (including file name and extension)
of the index file on the MySQL server that lists all the used relay log files, if it is different from the default
path given below, in order to include the relay log files in the backup.
Default: data_dir/host_name-relay-bin.index.
• --master-info-file[=PATH]
Introduced
3.11.0
Command-Line Format
--master-info-file=FILENAME
Permitted Values
Type
file name
Default data_dir/master.info
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For offline backups of salve servers only: specify the absolute path (including file name and extension)
of the information file in which a slave records information about its master, if it is different from the
default path given below, in order to include the information file in the backup.
Default: data_dir/master.info.
• --relaylog-info-file[=PATH]
Introduced
3.11.0
Command-Line Format
--relaylog-info-file=FILENAME
Permitted Values
Type
file name
Default data_dir/relay-log.info
For offline backups of salve servers only: specify the absolute path (including file name and extension)
of the information file in which a slave records information about the relay logs, if it is different from the
default path given below, in order to include the information file in the backup.
Default: data_dir/relay-log.info.
• --optimistic-time[=DATE-TIME]
Introduced
3.11.0
Command-Line Format
--optimistic-time=DATE-TIME
Permitted Values
Type
string
Default now
Perform an optimistic backup with the value specified with the option as the “optimistic time”—a
time after which the tables that have not been modified are taken as “inactive tables.” The “inactive
tables”are believed to be unlikely to change during the backup process. The inactive tables are backed
up in the optimistic phase of the backup, and all other tables are backed up in the normal phase. See
Section 4.3.6, “Making an Optimistic Backup” for details on the concept, use cases, and command
samples for an optimistic backup.
Accepted formats for specifying the option include:
• now: This includes all tables into the optimistic phase of the backup process. It is the default value for
the option when no value is specified.
• {Number}{Unit}: Indicates the optimistic time as a time at a certain duration into the past. {Unit}
can be any one of years, months, hours, and minutes. Some examples for option strings in this
format include: 5years, 2days,13months, 23hours, and 35minutes.
• A date-time format in any of the following forms: YYMMDD, YYYYMMDD, YYMMDDHHMMSS,
YYYYMMDDHHMMSSYY-MM-DD, YYYY-MM-DD, YY-MM-DD, or HH.MM.SSYYYYMMDDTHHMMSS, as
designated by the ISO 8601 standard.
When both the optimistic-time and the optimistic-busy-tables options are used and
they come into conflict on determining which tables are to be backed up in the optimistic phase,
optimistic-busy-tables takes precedence over optimistic-time.
• --optimistic-busy-tables=REGEXP
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Introduced
3.11.0
Command-Line Format
--optimistic-busy-tables=REGEXP
Permitted Values
Type
string
Perform an optimistic backup, using the regular expression specified with the option to select tables that
will be skipped in the first phase of an optimistic backup, because they are likely to be modified during
the backup process. Tables whose fully qualified names (in the form of database_name.table_name)
are matched by the regular expression are taken as “busy tables”, which will be backed up in the second
or the “normal” phase of the backup. Tables whose fully qualified names are NOT matched by the
regular expression are taken as “inactive tables”, which will be backed up in the first or the “optimistic”
phase of the backup. See Section 4.3.6, “Making an Optimistic Backup” for details on the concept, use
cases, and command samples for an optimistic backup.
MySQL Enterprise Backup will throw an error if the option is used but no regular expression is supplied
with it.
When both the optimistic-time and the optimistic-busy-tables options are used and they
come into conflict on determining which tables are to be “optimistic”, optimistic-busy-tables takes
precedence over optimistic-time.
13.11 Message Logging Options
mysqlbackup writes important progress and error information to the stderr stream. The information
is often very valuable for tracking down problems that occur during an operation. Starting from MySQL
Enterprise Backup 3.9, the output to the stderr stream is also saved to a log file by default (for most
mysqlbackup operations), so that the error information can be easily accessed in any debug process.
The message logging works like a tee process on a Unix-like system, in which the output of a program is
split to be both displayed and saved to a file. The log file thus produced is named in the following format:
MEB_timestamp_operation.log, where operation is the mysqlbackup operation that was run
(e.g., backup, apply-log, etc.), and timestamp is the date and time at which the operation was run.
Here are some examples of names for the log files:
MEB_2013-06-24.16-32-43_backup.log
MEB_2013-06-28.11-07-18_apply_log.log
MEB_2013-06-29.10-08-06_list_image.log
The following options control the message logging function:
• --skip-messages-logdir
Skip message logging. Logging is turned on by default (except for the list-image and validate
operations; see the description for the --messages-logdir option for details), and it is turned off by
this option.
• --messages-logdir=path
Command-Line Format
--messages-logdir=PATH
Permitted Values
Type
directory name
Default backup_dir/meta
Specifies the path name of an existing directory for storing the message log. If the specified directory
does not exist, message logging fails and returns an error message. When this option is omitted, the
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default directory of backup_dir/meta is used, where backup_dir is the directory specified with the
--backup-dir option.
Note
Use this option to turn on message logging for the list-image and validate
operations. Message logging is turned off by default for the two operations,
because they do not modify any files and a message log is usually not required
for debugging them. And because the default path name of backup_dir/meta
is not meaningful for the two operations, this option is required for both turning on
message logging and for supplying the path name of a directory in which to save
the log file. However, if the --skip-messages-logdir option is also specified,
it takes precedence and message logging is skipped.
The following are some examples showing how the message logging is controlled.
This creates a log file for the backup operation in the directory /home/backup_dir/meta due to the
default settings:
mysqlbackup -uroot --port=3306 --backup-dir=/home/backup_dir backup
This skips message logging for the backup operation:
mysqlbackup -uroot --port=3306 --backup-dir=/home/backup_dir \
--skip-messages-logdir backup
This creates a log file for the apply-log operation in an existing directory named /home/teelog_dir,
rather than the default location:
mysqlbackup -uroot --port=3306 --backup-dir=/home/backup_dir \
--messages-logdir=/home/teelog_dir apply-log
This creates a log file for the list-image operation in an existing directory named /home/teelog_dir:
mysqlbackup -uroot --port=3306 --backup-image=/backup/my.mbi \
--messages-logdir=/home/teelog_dir list-image
13.12 Progress Report Options
There are two options for controlling the progress reporting function of mysqlbackup: --show-progress
and --progress-interval:
• --show-progress[={stderr|stdout|file:FILENAME|fifo:FIFONAME|table|variable}]
Command-Line Format
--show-progress[=destinations]
Permitted Values
Type
enumeration
Valid
stderr
Values stdout
file:FILENAME
fifo:FIFONAME
table
variable
The option instructs mysqlbackup to periodically output short progress reports known as progress
indicators on its operation.
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The argument of the option controls the destination to which the progress indicators are sent:
• stderr: Progress indicators are sent to the standard error stream. The report is embedded in a timestamped mysqlbackup INFO message. For example:
130607 12:22:38 mysqlbackup: INFO: Progress: 191 of 191 MB; state: Completed
• stdout: Progress indicators are sent to the standard output stream. A single newline character is
printed after each progress indicator.
• file:FILENAME: Progress indicators are sent to a file. Each new progress report overwrites the file,
and the file contains the most recent progress indicator followed by a single newline character.
• fifo:FIFONAME: Progress indicators are sent to a file system FIFO. A single newline character is
printed after each progress indicator.
Warning
If there is no process reading the FIFO, the mysqlbackup process hangs at
the end of the execution.
• table: Progress indicators are sent to the mysql.backup_progress table. This requires a
connection to the MySQL server, and therefore, only works when backing up a running MySQL
instance. mysqlbackup first adds one row of the progress report to the mysql.backup_progress
table, and then updates the row afterwards with the latest progress indicator. The progress indicator is
stored in the current_status column of the table.
If the backup locks the MySQL instance (for example, by issuing a FLUSH TABLES WITH READ
LOCK statement), the progress reports are not delivered to the mysql.backup_progress table until
the MySQL instance is unlocked.
• variable: Progress indicators are sent to the system variable backup_progress.
Warning
The system variable backup_progress is not yet defined for the MySQL
Server. Users need to create their own plugin to define the variable. See The
MySQL Plugin API for more information on user plugins.
When there is no argument specified for --show-progress, progress indicators are sent to stderr.
Progress can be reported to multiple destinations by specifying the --show-progress option several
times on the command line. For example the following command line reports progress of the backup
command to stderr and to a file called meb_output:
mysqlbackup --show-progress --show-progress=file:meb_output --backup-dir=/full-backup
backup
The progress indicators are short strings that indicate how far the execution of a mysqlbackup
operation has progressed. A progress indicator consists of one or more meters that measure the
progress of the operation. For example:
Progress: 100 of 1450 MB; state: Copying .ibd files
This shows that 100 megabytes of a total of 1450 megabytes have been copied or processed so far, and
mysqlbackup is currently copying InnoDB data files (.ibd files).
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The progress indicator string begins with Progress:, followed by one or more meters measuring the
progress. If multiple meters are present, they are separated by semicolons. The different types of meters
include:
• Total data meter: It is always the first meter in the progress indicator. It is in the format of:
DATA of TOTAL UNIT
DATA and TOTAL are unsigned decimal integers, and UNIT is either MB (megabytes), KB (kilobytes),
or bytes (1MB=1024KB and 1KB=1024 bytes).
The total data meter has two slightly different meanings depending on the mysqlbackup operation:
• The amount of data copied or processed and the total amount of data to be copied or processed by
the mysqlbackup operation. For example:
Progress: 200 of 1450 MB
When the operation is for, e.g., backup, the indicator means 200MB is copied of 1450MB. But
when the operation is for, e.g., validate or incremental, it means 200MB is processed out of
1450MB.
• Total amount of data copied or processed and an estimate for the total that will be copied by the end
of the operation. The estimated total is updated as per the data on the server, as the execution of
the command progresses.
For some operations such as backup, it is not possible to know exactly at the start of the execution
how much data will be copied or processed. Therefore, the total data meter shows the estimated
amount of the total data for a backup. The estimate is updated during the execution of the
command. For example:
Progress: 200 of 1450 MB
is followed by:
Progress: 200 of 1550 MB
when 100MB of data is added on the server.
If the operation is successful, the final progress indicator shows the actual amount of data copied at
the end of the operation.
• Compression meter: It indicates the sliding average of the compression ratio, which is defined for
each block of data that is compressed as (orig_size - compressed_size) / orig_size. For
example:
compression: 40%
This means that after compression, the data takes 40% less space (calculated as an average over the
last 10 data blocks).
The compression meter is included in the progress indicator if the --compress option is enabled for
the mysqlbackup operation. The value of the compression meter is undefined until at least 10 data
blocks have been compressed. The undefined meter value is denoted by the '-' in the meter:
compression: -
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• State meter: It is a short description of the major step the command is currently executing. For
example:
state: Copying InnoDB data
state: Waiting for locks
state: Copying system tablespace
state: Copying .ibd files
state: Copying non-InnoDB data
state: Completed
Here are some examples of progress indicators with different meters:
Progress: 300 of 1540 MB; state: Waiting for locks
Progress: 400 of 1450 MB; state: Copying InnoDB data: compression: 30%
The exact set of meters included in the progress indicator depends on the command and the options
used for it.
• --progress-interval=SECONDS
Command-Line Format
--progress-interval=SECONDS
Permitted Values
Type
numeric
Default 2
Min
Value
1
Max
Value
100000
Interval between progress reports in seconds. Default value is two seconds. The shortest interval is 1
second and the longest allowed interval is 100000 seconds.
13.13 Encryption Options
These options are for creating encrypted single-file backups and for decrypting them. See Chapter 8,
Encryption for Backups for more details and usage examples for the encryption and decryption functions of
MySQL Enterprise Backup.
• --encrypt
Encrypt the data when creating a backup image by a backup-to-image operation, or when packing
a backup directory into a single file with the backup-dir-to-image command. It cannot be used with
the backup or backup-and-apply-log command.
• --decrypt
Decrypt an encrypted backup image when performing an extract, image-to-backup-dir, or
copy-back-and-apply-log operation. It is also used for performing a validate or list-image
operation on an encrypted backup image.
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The option cannot be used in a apply-log, backup-and-apply-log, or copy-back operation.
For restoration using the copy-back command, the encrypted backup image has to be unpacked and
decrypted first using the image-to-backup-dir or extract command, together with the --decrypt
option.
• --key=STRING
Command-Line Format
--key=KEY
Permitted Values
Type
string
The symmetric key for encryption and decryption of a backup image. It should be a 256-bit key,
encoded as a string of 64 hexadecimal digits. See Chapter 8, Encryption for Backups on how to create a
key. The option is incompatible with the --key-file option.
• --key-file=PATH
Introduced
3.10.0
Command-Line Format
--key-file=FILE
Permitted Values
Type
file name
The pathname to file that contains a 256-bit key, encoded as a string of 64 hexadecimal digits, for
encryption and decryption of a backup image. The option is incompatible with the --key option.
13.14 Cloud Storage Options
These options are for using cloud storage for single-file operations. See Section 4.3.5.3, “Backing Up to
Cloud Storage”, and Section 5.2.5, “Restoring a Backup from Cloud Storage to a MySQL Server”, for more
information and instructions on using cloud storage with MySQL Enterprise Backup.
• --cloud-service=SERVICE
Cloud service for data backup or restoration. Currently, there are two types of cloud storage services
supported by mysqlbackup, represented by the following values for the options:
• s3: Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3)
• openstack: OpenStack Object Storage (Swift). MySQL Enterprise Backup 3.12 supports the Swift
v1.0 API, and also the OpenStack Identity (Keystone) API v2.0 for authentication. Also supports
authentication using Swift's TempAuth system.
• --cloud-trace
Print trace information for cloud operations. It works independently of --trace [99], which specifies
the trace level for the non-cloud operations of mysqlbackup. Any non-zero value for the option enables
the trace function.
Default value is “0.”
• --cloud-proxy=proxy-url:port
Proxy address and port number for overriding the environment's default proxy settings for accessing a
cloud storage service.
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Note
The list-image operation can be performed on a cloud backup only if the
cloud proxy supports HTTP range headers.
• Options used only for Amazon S3 (using them when the argument for --cloud-service is anything
other than s3 will cause mysqlbackup to throw an error):
• --cloud-bucket=S3_BUCKET
The storage bucket on Amazon S3 for the backup image.
In order to perform cloud backups and restores with the bucket, the user identified by the --cloudaccess-key-id option must have at least the following permissions on the bucket:
• s3:ListBucket: For listing information on items in the bucket.
• s3:ListBucketMultipartUploads: For listing multipart uploads in progress to the bucket.
• s3:GetObject: For retrieving objects from the bucket.
• s3:PutObject: For adding objects to the bucket.
• --cloud-object-key=S3_OBJECT_KEY
The Amazon S3 object key for the backup image.
• --cloud-access-key-id=S3_KEY-ID
AWS access key ID for logging onto Amazon S3.
• --cloud-secret-access-key=S3_ACCESS-KEY
AWS secret access key for the AWS access key id specified with --cloud-access-key-id.
• --cloud-aws-region=S3_REGION
Region for Amazon Web Services that mysqlbackup accesses for S3.
• Options used only for OpenStack Swift (using them when the argument for --cloud-service is
anything other than openstack will cause mysqlbackup to throw an error):
• --cloud-container=SWIFT_CONTAINER
The Swift container for the backup image.
• --cloud-object=SWIFT_OBJECT
The Swift object for the backup image. Note that names of objects in a container have to be unique.
• --cloud-user-id=SWIFT_OR_KEYSTONE_USER
User ID for accessing Swift. The user credentials are authenticated using the Swift TempAuth identity
system when the --cloud-tempauth-url [133] option is used and by the OpenStack Keystone
identity service when the --cloud-identity-url [133] option is used.
• --cloud-password=SWIFT_OR_KEYSTONE_PASSWORD
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Password for the user specified by --cloud-user-id [132]. The user credentials are
authenticated using the Swift TempAuth identity system when the --cloud-tempauth-url [133]
option is used and by the OpenStack Keystone identity service when the --cloud-identityurl [133] option is used.
• --cloud-tempauth-url=SWIFT_TEMPAUTH-URL
The TempAuth URL for authenticating user credentials. Either this option or --cloud-identityurl [133] (but not both) should be used when accessing a Swift service.
• --cloud-identity-url=SWIFT_KEYSTONE-URL
The URL of the Keystone identity service, when it is used for authenticating user credentials. Either
this option or --cloud-tempauth-url [133] (but not both) should be used when accessing a Swift
service.
• --cloud-tenant=SWIFT_KEYSTONE-TENANT
The Keystone tenant for the user specified by --cloud-user-id [132], when the Keystone
identity service is used for authenticating user credentials.
• --cloud-region=SWIFT_KEYSTONE-REGION
The Keystone region for the user specified by --cloud-user-id [132], when the Keystone
identity service is used for authenticating user credentials.
13.15 Options for Special Backup Types
These options are for backing up database servers that play specific roles in replication, or contain certain
kinds of data that require special care in backing up.
• --slave-info
When backing up a replication slave server, this option captures information needed to set up an
identical slave server. It creates a file meta/ibbackup_slave_info inside the backup directory,
containing a CHANGE MASTER statement with the binary log position and name of the binary log file of
the master server. This information is also printed in the mysqlbackup output. To set up a new slave
for this master, restore the backup data on another server, start a slave server on the backup data, and
issue a CHANGE MASTER command with the binary log position saved in the ibbackup_slave_info
file. See Section 6.1, “Setting Up a New Replication Slave” for instructions.
Note
Only use this option when backing up a slave server. Its behavior is undefined
when used on a master or non-replication server.
This option is not compatible with the --no-locking option; using both options
together will make mysqlbackup throw an error.
This option is not compatible with the --only-innodb or --only-innodbwith-frm options.
• --suspend-at-end
This option pauses the mysqlbackup command when the backup procedure is close to ending. It
creates a file called ibbackup_suspended in the backup log group home directory and waits until you
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delete that file before proceeding. This option is useful to customize locking behavior and backup of nonInnoDB files through custom scripting.
All tables are locked before suspending, putting the database into a read-only state, unless you turn
off locking with the --no-locking or --no-connection option. The --only-innodb and -only-innodb-with-frm options also prevent the locking step. Because locking all tables could be
problematic on a busy server, you might use a combination of --only-innodb and --suspend-atend to back up only certain non-InnoDB tables.
• --exec-when-locked="utility arg1 arg2 ..."
Command-Line Format
--exec-when-locked="utility arg1 arg2 ..."
Permitted Values
Type
string
You can use this option to write a script that backs up any information that is not part of the usual
backup, for example by using mysqldump to back up tables from the MEMORY storage engine that are
not on disk.
Within your script, the BACKUP_DIR environment variable is set and points to the current backup
directory. Use single quotes to prevent premature expansion of $BACKUP_DIR, as in the following
examples.
On Unix or Linux systems:
mysqlbackup --exec-when-locked='mysqldump
t1 > $BACKUP_DIR/t1.sql' other_options
Or on Windows systems:
mysqlbackup --exec-when-locked="mysqldump mydb t1 > %BACKUP_DIR%/t1.sql" other_options
If the utility cannot be executed or returns a non-zero exit status, then the whole backup process is
cancelled. If you also use the --suspend-at-end option, the utility specified by --exec-whenlocked is executed after suspending.
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Chapter 14 Configuration Files and Parameters
You can specify mysqlbackup options either on the command line or as configuration parameters inside a
configuration file. This section describes the use of configuration files.
In general, mysqlbackup follows the mysql style of processing configuration options: [mysqlbackup]
and [client] group options are passed as command-line options. Any command-line options that you
specify override the values from the configuration file, and in the case of duplicate options, the last instance
takes precedence. mysqlbackup also reads options in the [mysqld] group to detect parameters related
to the source repository when no connection to mysqld is available.
The underscore characters in parameter names can be replaced with dashes and treated as synonyms,
similar to mysqld parameters that use this same convention. (See Using Options on the Command Line in
the MySQL Reference Manual for details.) The documentation typically lists the names with underscores,
to match the output of the SHOW VARIABLES statement.
Options Files
mysqlbackup reads the location of the MySQL data to back up from (in order of priority):
• The connection information from the running database, whenever possible. Thus, in most cases, you can
avoid specifying most options on the command line or in a configuration file.
• Parameters you specify on the mysqlbackup command line. You can specify certain options for
individual backup jobs this way.
• The MySQL configuration file (by default, my.cnf on Unix and my.ini on Windows). The parameters
are searched for first under the [mysqlbackup] group, then under the [client] group. You can put
common parameters that apply to most of your backup jobs into the configuration file.
Because mysqlbackup does not overwrite any files during the initial backup step, the backup directory
must not contain any old backup files. mysqlbackup stops when asked to create a file that already exists,
to avoid harming an existing backup. For convenience, specify the --with-timestamp option, which
always creates a unique timestamped subdirectory for each backup job underneath the main backup
directory.
Configuration Files Stored with the Backup Data
Each set of backup data includes a configuration file, backup-my.cnf, containing a minimal set of
configuration parameters. The mysqlbackup command generates this file to record the settings that apply
to this backup data. Subsequent operations, such as the apply-log process, read options from this file to
determine how the backup data is structured.
Example 14.1 Example backup-my.cnf file
Here is an example backup-my.cnf file generated by mysqlbackup:
[mysqld]
innodb_data_file_path=ibdata1:256M;ibdata2:256M:autoextend
innodb_log_file_size=256M
innodb_log_files_in_group=3
All paths in the generated backup-my.cnf file point to a single backup directory. For ease of verification
and maintenance, you typically store all data for a backup inside a single directory rather than scattered
among different directories.
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During a backup, the configuration parameters that are required for later stages (such as the restore
operation) are recorded in the backup-my.cnf file that is generated in the backup directory.
Only the minimal required parameters are stored in backup-my.cnf, to allow you to restore the
backup to a different location without extensive changes to that file. For example, although the
innodb_data_home_dir and innodb_log_group_home_dir options can go into backup-my.cnf,
they are omitted when those values are the same as the backup-dir value.
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Part IV Appendixes
Table of Contents
A Frequently Asked Questions for MySQL Enterprise Backup ..........................................................
B MySQL Enterprise Backup Limitations .........................................................................................
B.1 Limitations of MySQL Enterprise Backup ...........................................................................
C Compatibility Information for MySQL Enterprise Backup ................................................................
C.1 Cross-Platform Compatibility .............................................................................................
C.2 Compatibility with MySQL Versions ...................................................................................
C.3 Compatibility with Older MySQL Enterprise Backup ...........................................................
C.4 Compatibility Notes for Specific MySQL Versions ..............................................................
D MySQL Enterprise Backup Release Notes ...................................................................................
E Licenses for Third-Party Components ..........................................................................................
E.1 RegEX-Spencer Library License .......................................................................................
E.2 zlib License .....................................................................................................................
E.3 LZ4 License ....................................................................................................................
E.4 Percona Multiple I/O Threads Patch License .....................................................................
E.5 Google SMP Patch License ..............................................................................................
E.6 Google Controlling Master Thread I/O Rate Patch License .................................................
E.7 RFC 3174 - US Secure Hash Algorithm 1 (SHA1) License .................................................
E.8 OpenSSL v1.0 License ....................................................................................................
E.9 cURL (libcurl) License ......................................................................................................
MySQL Enterprise Backup Glossary ...............................................................................................
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This section lists some common questions about MySQL Enterprise Backup, with answers and pointers to
further information.
Questions
• A.1: [141] Does MySQL Enterprise Backup work with MySQL Server version x.y.z?
• A.2: [141] What is the big ibdata file that is in all the backups?
• A.3: [141] Can I back up non-InnoDB data with MySQL Enterprise Backup?
• A.4: [142] What happens if the apply-log step is interrupted?
• A.5: [142] Why is the option --defaults-file not recognized?
• A.6: [142] Can I back up a database on one OS platform and restore it on another one using MySQL
Enterprise Backup?
• A.7: [142] What if I have included the binary log or relay log in my backup but do not want to restore
it?
Questions and Answers
A.1: Does MySQL Enterprise Backup work with MySQL Server version x.y.z?
See Section C.2, “Compatibility with MySQL Versions” for details of compatibility between different
releases of MySQL Enterprise Backup and MySQL Server.
A.2: What is the big ibdata file that is in all the backups?
You might find your backup data taking more space than expected because of a large file with a name
such as ibdata1. This file represents the InnoDB system tablespace, which grows but never shrinks, and
is included in every full and incremental backup. To reduce the space taken up by this file in your backup
data:
• After doing a full backup, do a succession of incremental backups, which take up less space. The
ibdata1 file in the incremental backups is typically much smaller, containing only the portions of the
system tablespace that changed since the full backup.
• Set the configuration option innodb_file_per_table=1 before creating your biggest or most active
InnoDB tables. Those tables are split off from the system tablespaces into separate .ibd files, which are
more flexible in terms of freeing disk space when dropped or truncated, and can be individually included
or excluded from backups.
• If your system tablespace is very large because you created a high volume of InnoDB data before
turning on the innodb_file_per_table setting, you might use mysqldump to dump the entire
instance, then turn on innodb_file_per_table before re-creating it, so that all the table data is kept
outside the system tablespace.
A.3: Can I back up non-InnoDB data with MySQL Enterprise Backup?
While MySQL Enterprise Backup can back up non-InnoDB data (like MYISAM tables), the MySQL server
to be backed up must support InnoDB (i.e., the backup process will fail if the server was started up with the
--innodb=OFF or --skip-innodb option), and the server must contain at least one InnoDB table.
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A.4: What happens if the apply-log step is interrupted?
If mysqlbackup is interrupted during the apply-log or apply-incremental-backup stage, the
backup data is OK. The file operations performed by those options can be performed multiple times without
harming the consistency of the backup data. Just run the same mysqlbackup command again, and when
it completes successfully, all the necessary changes are present in the backup data.
A.5: Why is the option --defaults-file not recognized?
When you specify the --defaults-file option, it must be the first option after the name of the
command. Otherwise, the error message makes it look as if the option name is not recognized.
A.6: Can I back up a database on one OS platform and restore it on another one using MySQL
Enterprise Backup?
See Section C.1, “Cross-Platform Compatibility” for details.
A.7: What if I have included the binary log or relay log in my backup but do not want to restore it?
If you want to skip the restore of the binary log, relay log, or both during a restore, use the --skipbinlog option, the --skip-relaylog option, or both with your copy-back or copy-back-andapply-log command.
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B.1 Limitations of MySQL Enterprise Backup ................................................................................... 143
Please refer to the MySQL Enterprise Backup version history in Appendix D, MySQL Enterprise Backup
Release Notes for a list of fixed mysqlbackup bugs.
B.1 Limitations of MySQL Enterprise Backup
• The group commit feature in MySQL 5.6 and higher changes the frequency of flush operations for the
InnoDB redo log, which could affect the point in time associated with the backup data from InnoDB
tables. See Section C.4, “Compatibility Notes for Specific MySQL Versions” for details.
• In Linux, Unix, and OS X systems, mysqlbackup does not record file ownership or permissions of
the files that are backed up. Upon restore, these files might have different ownership (for example,
being owned by root now rather than mysql). They might also have different read/write permissions
(for example, being readable by anyone rather than just the file owner). When planning your backup
strategy, survey the files in the MySQL data directory to ensure they have consistent owner and
permission settings. When executing a restore operation, use an appropriate combination of su, umask,
chown, and chmod on the restored files to set up the same owners and privileges as on the original files.
• In some cases, backups of non-transactional tables such as MyISAM tables could contain additional
uncommitted data. If autocommit is turned off, and both InnoDB tables and non-transactional tables are
modified within the same transaction, data can be written to the non-transactional table before the binary
log position is updated. The binary log position is updated when the transaction is committed, but the
non-transactional data is written immediately. If the backup occurs while such a transaction is open, the
backup data contains the updates made to the non-transactional table.
• If the mysqlbackup process is interrupted by, for example, a Unix kill -9 command, a FLUSH
TABLES WITH READ LOCK operation might remain running. In this case, use the KILL QUERY
statement from the mysql command line to kill the FLUSH TABLES WITH READ LOCK statement.
This issue is more likely to occur if the FLUSH TABLES operation is stalled by a long-running query or
transaction. Refer to Section 7.1, “Optimizing Backup Performance” for guidelines about backup timing
and performance.
• Do not run the DDL operations ALTER TABLE, TRUNCATE TABLE, OPTIMIZE TABLE, REPAIR
TABLE, or RESTORE TABLE while a backup operation is going on. The resulting backup might become
corrupted.
The only ALTER TABLE operations that can be safely run in parallel with a backup are those that do
not influence the physical representation of records on disk, such as changing column names or default
column values.
• When statement-based binary log format is used on the MySQL server (which is the default behavior), if
you take a backup when there are temporary tables in the database and they have been used to update
or insert into normal tables during the backup, application of the MySQL binary log to a backup could
then fail—that is, you might not be able to roll forward the backup to a particular point in time using
the MySQL binary log. This is because temporary tables are not copied to the backup, as the physical
filenames #sql*.frm do not correspond to the logical table names that MySQL writes to the binary log.
To avoid the problem, use row-based or mixed format for the binary log by setting the value for the -binlog-format option to “ROW” or “MIXED” on the server.
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• The engines column in the mysql.backup_history table does not correctly reflect the storage
engines of the backed-up databases.
• When saving any tables into the data directory, the MySQL server performs conversions for any special
characters in any database or table names to come up with the file names for storage. Here are two
examples of MySQL statements including special characters (“.” and “-”) in their database and file
names:
mysql> CREATE TABLE `db.2`.`t.2` (c1 INT) ENGINE=InnoDB;
mysql> CREATE TABLE `db-3`.`t-3` (c1 INT) ENGINE=InnoDB;
The tables created by these commands are stored in the file system as these files:
[email protected]/[email protected]
[email protected]/[email protected]
Currently, mysqlbackup does not perform the same conversion with database and table names
supplied using the --include-tables and --exclude-tables options. Using, for example, -include-tables="db\.2\.t\.2|db-3\.t-3" will not select the tables described above.
As a workaround, for a backup that does not use transportable tablespace (TTS) (that is, the --usetts option is not used during the creation of the backup), users can look up the file names for the
desired tables in the data directories of the databases and, in the arguments for the --includetables and --exclude-tables options, use the converted names for the database directories as
database names and the converted file names (without the file extension) as table names . For example,
for the tables mentioned above, select them for inclusion in a backup with the option argument -include-tables="[email protected]\[email protected]|[email protected]\[email protected]". Using the same argument with
the option --exclude-tables excludes the two tables in the backup.
However, the suggested workaround does not work for TTS backups; therefore, do not use TTS if you
want to do a partial backup that includes tables with special characters in their names.
• Hot backups for large databases with heavy writing workloads (say, in the order of gigabytes per minute)
can take a very long time to complete, due to the huge redo log files that are generated on the server
when the backup is in progress. And if the redo log files grow faster than they can be processed by
mysqlbackup, the backup operation can actually fail when mysqlbackup cannot catch up with the redo
log cycles and LSNs get overwritten by the server before they are read by mysqlbackup. The problem is
intensified when the I/O resources available for reading and writing the redo logs are scarce during the
backup process. However, if only a small number of tables of the database are modified frequently, the
Optimistic Backup feature might alleviate the problem. See Section 4.3.6, “Making an Optimistic Backup”
for details.
• Compressed InnoDB tables from MySQL server 5.6.10 and earlier cannot be restored with MySQL
Enterprise Backup 3.9.0 or later, due to a known issue with the InnoDB storage engine (see Bug# 72851
on the MySQL Bug System).
• While it is possible to backup to or restore from a Network Attached Storage (NAS) device using MySQL
Enterprise Backup, due to networking issues that might arise, the consistency of the backups and the
performance of the backup or restore operations might be compromised.
• When creating a backup using transportable tablespace (TTS) for a server containing tables with a
mix of the Antelope and Barracuda file formats, do not apply full locking on the tables (that is, do not
specify --use-tts=with-full-locking). Instead, just specify --use-tts or --use-tts=withminimum-locking, both of which will apply minimum locking to the tables (Bug #20583946).
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Appendix C Compatibility Information for MySQL Enterprise
Backup
Table of Contents
C.1
C.2
C.3
C.4
Cross-Platform Compatibility .....................................................................................................
Compatibility with MySQL Versions ..........................................................................................
Compatibility with Older MySQL Enterprise Backup ...................................................................
Compatibility Notes for Specific MySQL Versions ......................................................................
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This section describes information related to compatibility issues for MySQL Enterprise Backup releases.
C.1 Cross-Platform Compatibility
MySQL Enterprise Backup is cross-platform compatible when running on the Linux and Windows
operating systems: backups on a Linux machine can be restored on a Windows machine, and vice versa.
However, to avoid data transfer problems arising from letter cases of database or table names, the
variable lower_case_table_names must be properly configured on the MySQL servers. For details, see
Identifier Case Sensitivity.
C.2 Compatibility with MySQL Versions
MySQL Enterprise Backup 3.12 supports all the MySQL server versions that are currently in the General
Availability (GA) status (that is, MySQL 5.5 and 5.6).
C.3 Compatibility with Older MySQL Enterprise Backup
MySQL Enterprise Backup 3.12 can be used to restore backups created for any MySQL server version
that are currently in the General Availability (GA) status (that is, MySQL 5.5 and 5.6) by any older MySQL
Enterprise Backup versions that supports those server versions (that is, MySQL Enterprise Backup 3.5 to
3.11).
Note
• For any restore that involves a server upgrade or downgrade, see the important
discussion in Section 5.4, “Restoring a Backup with a Database Upgrade or
Downgrade”
C.4 Compatibility Notes for Specific MySQL Versions
This section lists any performance-related features and settings in specific MySQL Server versions that
affect various aspects of the backup process.
MySQL 5.6
Some new MySQL 5.6 features introduce changes in directory layout and file contents for InnoDB tables.
Backing up servers that use these features requires MySQL Enterprise Backup 3.8.1 or higher:
• innodb_page_size configuration option.
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• innodb_undo_directory, innodb_undo_logs, and innodb_undo_tablespaces configuration
options.
• innodb_checksum_algorithm configuration option.
• DATA DIRECTORY clause of the CREATE TABLE statement, which produces a .isl file in the database
directory and stores the .ibd file in a user-specified location.
• Online DDL.
See MySQL Enterprise Backup 3.9 Release Notes for details on the fixes and enhancements related to
these MySQL 5.6 features.
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Appendix D MySQL Enterprise Backup Release Notes
Release notes for MySQL Enterprise Backup are published separately. See MySQL Enterprise Backup
3.12 Release Notes.
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Table of Contents
E.1
E.2
E.3
E.4
E.5
E.6
E.7
E.8
E.9
RegEX-Spencer Library License ...............................................................................................
zlib License .............................................................................................................................
LZ4 License ............................................................................................................................
Percona Multiple I/O Threads Patch License .............................................................................
Google SMP Patch License ......................................................................................................
Google Controlling Master Thread I/O Rate Patch License .........................................................
RFC 3174 - US Secure Hash Algorithm 1 (SHA1) License .........................................................
OpenSSL v1.0 License ............................................................................................................
cURL (libcurl) License ..............................................................................................................
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Oracle acknowledges that certain Third Party and Open Source software has been used to develop or is
incorporated in the MySQL Enterprise Backup product. This appendix includes required third-party license
information.
E.1 RegEX-Spencer Library License
The following software may be included in this product:
Henry Spencer's Regular-Expression Library (RegEX-Spencer)
Copyright 1992, 1993, 1994, 1997 Henry Spencer. All rights reserved.
This software is not subject to any license of the American Telephone
and Telegraph Company or of the Regents of the University of
California.
Permission is granted to anyone to use this software for any purpose
on any computer system, and to alter it and redistribute it, subject
to the following restrictions:
1. The author is not responsible for the consequences of use of this
software, no matter how awful, even if they arise from flaws in it.
2. The origin of this software must not be misrepresented, either by
explicit claim or by omission. Since few users ever read sources,
credits must appear in the documentation.
3. Altered versions must be plainly marked as such, and must not be
misrepresented as being the original software. Since few users ever
read sources, credits must appear in the documentation.
4. This notice may not be removed or altered.
E.2 zlib License
The following software may be included in this product:
zlib
Oracle gratefully acknowledges the contributions of Jean-loup Gailly and Mark Adler in creating the zlib
general purpose compression library which is used in this product.
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LZ4 License
zlib.h -- interface of the 'zlib' general purpose compression library
Copyright (C) 1995-2004 Jean-loup Gailly and Mark Adler
zlib.h -- interface of the 'zlib' general purpose compression library
version 1.2.3, July 18th, 2005
Copyright (C) 1995-2005 Jean-loup Gailly and Mark Adler
zlib.h -- interface of the 'zlib' general purpose compression library
version 1.2.5, April 19th, 2010
Copyright (C) 1995-2010 Jean-loup Gailly and Mark Adler
This software is provided 'as-is', without any express or implied warranty.
In no event will the authors be held liable for any damages arising from the
use of this software. Permission is granted to anyone to use this software
for any purpose,including commercial applications, and to alter it and
redistribute it freely, subject to the following restrictions:
1. The origin of this software must not be misrepresented; you must not
claim that you wrote the original software. If you use this software
in a product, an acknowledgment in the product documentation would
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MySQL Enterprise Backup Glossary
These terms are commonly used in information about the MySQL Enterprise Backup product.
A
.ARM file
Metadata for ARCHIVE tables. Contrast with .ARZ file. Files with this extension are always included in backups
produced by the mysqlbackup command of the MySQL Enterprise Backup product.
See Also .ARZ file.
.ARZ file
Data for ARCHIVE tables. Contrast with .ARM file. Files with this extension are always included in backups
produced by the mysqlbackup command of the MySQL Enterprise Backup product.
See Also .ARM file.
Antelope
The code name for the original InnoDB file format. It supports the redundant and compact row formats, but not
the newer dynamic and compressed row formats available in the Barracuda file format.
If your application could benefit from InnoDB table compression, or uses BLOBs or large text columns that could
benefit from the dynamic row format, you might switch some tables to Barracuda format. You select the file format
to use by setting the innodb_file_format option before creating the table.
See Also Barracuda, compression, file format.
apply
The operation that transforms a raw backup into a prepared backup by incorporating changes that occurred
while the backup was running, using data from the log.
See Also log, prepared backup, raw backup.
B
.bz file
When mysqlbackup performs a compressed backup for a server that has binary logging enabled, it transforms
each binary log file and relay log file (for a slave server in a replication setting) to a binary-or-relay-logfile-name.bz file. The .bz files are uncompressed at the time of restore.
See Also binary log, .bz file, compression, compression level, .ibz file, relay log.
backup
The process of copying some or all table data and metadata from a MySQL instance, for safekeeping. Can also
refer to the set of copied files. This is a crucial task for DBAs. The reverse of this process is the restore operation.
With MySQL, physical backups are performed by the MySQL Enterprise Backup product, and logical
backups are performed by the mysqldump command. These techniques have different characteristics in terms of
size and representation of the backup data, and speed (especially speed of the restore operation).
Backups are further classified as hot, warm, or cold depending on how much they interfere with normal database
operation. (Hot backups have the least interference, cold backups the most.)
See Also cold backup, hot backup, logical backup, mysqldump, physical backup, warm backup.
backup repository
Contrast with server repository.
See Also repository, server repository.
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backup-my.cnf
A small configuration file generated by MySQL Enterprise Backup, containing a minimal set of configuration
parameters. This file records the settings that apply to this backup data. Subsequent operations, such as the
apply process, read options from this file to determine how the backup data is structured. This file always has the
extension .cnf, rather than .cnf on Unix-like systems and .ini on Windows systems.
See Also apply, configuration file.
Barracuda
The code name for an InnoDB file format that supports compression for table data. This file format was first
introduced in the InnoDB Plugin. It supports the compressed row format that enables InnoDB table compression,
and the dynamic row format that improves the storage layout for BLOB and large text columns. You can select it
through the innodb_file_format option.
Because the InnoDB system tablespace is stored in the original Antelope file format, to use the Barracuda file
format you must also enable the file-per-table setting, which puts newly created tables in their own tablespaces
separate from the system tablespace.
The MySQL Enterprise Backup product version 3.5 and above supports backing up tablespaces that use the
Barracuda file format.
See Also Antelope, file format, MySQL Enterprise Backup, row format, system tablespace.
binary log
A file containing a record of all statements that attempt to change table data. These statements can be replayed
to bring slave servers up to date in a replication scenario, or to bring a database up to date after restoring table
data from a backup. The binary logging feature can be turned on and off, although Oracle recommends always
enabling it if you use replication or perform backups.
You can examine the contents of the binary log, or replay those statements during replication or recovery, by
using the mysqlbinlog command. For full information about the binary log, see The Binary Log. For MySQL
configuration options related to the binary log, see Binary Log Options and Variables.
For the MySQL Enterprise Backup product, the file name of the binary log and the current position within the
file are important details. To record this information for the master server when taking a backup in a replication
context, you can specify the --slave-info option.
Prior to MySQL 5.0, a similar capability was available, known as the update log. In MySQL 5.0 and higher, the
binary log replaces the update log.
The binary log, if enabled on the server, is backed up by default.
See Also binlog, relay log, replication.
binlog
An informal name for the binary log file. For example, you might see this abbreviation used in e-mail messages
or forum discussions.
See Also binary log.
C
cold backup
A backup taken while the database is shut down. For busy applications and web sites, this might not be
practical, and you might prefer a warm backup or a hot backup.
See Also backup, connection, hot backup, warm backup.
compression
A technique that produces smaller backup files, with size reduction influenced by the compression level setting.
Suitable for keeping multiple sets of non-critical backup files. (For recent backups of critical data, you might leave
the data uncompressed, to allow fast restore speed in case of emergency.)
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MySQL Enterprise Backup can apply compression to the contents of InnoDB tables during the backup process,
turning the .ibd files into .ibz files.
Compression adds CPU overhead to the backup process, and requires additional time and disk space during the
restore process.
See Also backup, compression level, .ibd file, .ibz file, InnoDB, restore.
compression level
A setting that determines how much compression to apply to a compressed backup. This setting ranges from
0 (none), 1 (default level when compression is enabled) to 9 (maximum). The amount of compression for a given
compression level depends on the nature of your data values. Higher compression levels do impose additional
CPU overhead, so ideally you use the lowest value that produces a good balance of compression with low CPU
overhead.
See Also compression.
configuration file
The file that holds the startup options of the MySQL server and related products and components. Often referred
to by its default file name, my.cnf on Linux, Unix, and OS X systems, and my.ini on Windows systems. The
MySQL Enterprise Backup stores its default configuration settings in this file, under a [mysqlbackup] section.
For convenience, MySQL Enterprise Backup can also read settings from the [client] section, for configuration
options that are common between MySQL Enterprise Backup and other programs that connect to the MySQL
server.
See Also my.cnf, my.ini.
connection
The mechanism used by certain backup operations to communicate with a running MySQL server. For example,
the mysqlbackup command can log into the server being backed up to insert and update data in the progress
table and the history table. A hot backup typically uses a database connection for convenience, but can
proceed anyway if the connection is not available. A warm backup always uses a database connection, because
it must put the server into a read-only state. A cold backup is taken while the MySQL server is shut down, and so
cannot use any features that require a connection.
See Also cold backup, history table, hot backup, progress table, server, warm backup.
crash recovery
The cleanup activities for InnoDB tables that occur when MySQL is started again after a crash. Changes
that were committed before the crash, but not yet written to the tablespace files, are reconstructed from the
doublewrite buffer. When the database is shut down normally, this type of activity is performed during shutdown
by the purge operation.
D
data dictionary
A set of tables, controlled by the InnoDB storage engine, that keeps track of InnoDB-related objects such as
tables, indexes, and table columns. These tables are part of the InnoDB system tablespace.
Because the MySQL Enterprise Backup product always backs up the system tablespace, all backups include
the contents of the data dictionary.
See Also hot backup, MySQL Enterprise Backup, system tablespace.
database
A set of tables and related objects owned by a MySQL user. Equivalent to “schema” in Oracle Database
terminology. MySQL Enterprise Backup can perform a partial backup that includes some databases and not
others. The full set of databases controlled by a MySQL server is known as an instance.
See Also instance, partial backup.
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differential backup
A backup that captures only the data changed since the last full backup. It has the potential to be smaller
and faster than a full backup, but is usually bigger and takes longer to create than an incremental backup.
See Section 4.3.2, “Making a Differential or Incremental Backup” for usage details. Related mysqlbackup
options are --incremental, --incremental-with-redo-log-only, --incremental-backup-dir, -incremental-base, and --start-lsn.
See Also full backup, incremental backup.
downtime
A period when the database is unresponsive. The database might be entirely shut down, or in a read-only
state when applications are attempting to insert, update, or delete data. The goal for your backup strategy is to
minimize downtime, using techniques such as hot backup for InnoDB tables, cold backup using slave servers
in a replication configuration, and minimizing the duration of the suspend stage where you run customized
backup logic while the MySQL server is locked.
See Also cold backup, hot backup, InnoDB, locking, replication, slave, suspend.
E
exclude
In a partial backup, to select a set of tables, databases, or a combination of both to be omitted from the backup.
Contrast with include.
See Also partial backup.
extract
The operation that retrieves some content from an image file produced by a single-file backup. It can apply to
a single file (unpacked to an arbitrary location) or to the entire backup (reproducing the original directory structure
of the backup data). These two kinds of extraction are performed by the mysqlbackup options extract and
image-to-backup-dir, respectively.
See Also image, single-file backup.
F
.frm file
A file containing the metadata, such as the table definition, of a MySQL table.
For backups, you must always keep the full set of .frm files along with the backup data to be able to restore
tables that are altered or dropped after the backup.
Although each InnoDB table has a .frm file, InnoDB maintains its own table metadata in the system tablespace;
the .frm files are not needed for InnoDB to operate on InnoDB tables.
These files are backed up by the MySQL Enterprise Backup product. These files must not be modified by an
ALTER TABLE operation while the backup is taking place, which is why backups that include non-InnoDB tables
perform a FLUSH TABLES WITH READ LOCK operation to freeze such activity while backing up the .frm
files. Restoring a backup can result in .frm files being created, changed, or removed to match the state of the
database at the time of the backup.
file format
The format used by InnoDB for its data files named ibdata1, ibdata2, and so on. Each file format supports
one or more row formats.
See Also Antelope, Barracuda, ibdata file, row format.
full backup
A backup that includes all the tables in each MySQL database, and all the databases in a MySQL instance.
Contrast with partial backup and incremental backup. Full backups take the longest, but also require the least
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amount of followup work and administration complexity. Thus, even when you primarily do partial or incremental
backups, you might periodically do a full backup.
See Also backup, incremental backup, partial backup, table.
H
history table
The table mysql.backup_history that holds details of completed backup operations. While a backup job is
running, the details (especially the changing status value) are recorded in the progress table.
See Also backup, progress table.
hot backup
A backup taken while the MySQL instance and is running and applications are reading and writing to it. Contrast
with warm backup and cold backup.
A hot backup involves more than simply copying data files: it must include any data that was inserted or updated
while the backup was in process; it must exclude any data that was deleted while the backup was in process; and
it must ignore any changes started by transactions but not committed.
The Oracle product that performs hot backups, of InnoDB tables especially but also tables from MyISAM and
other storage engines, is MySQL Enterprise Backup.
The hot backup process consists of two stages. The initial copying of the InnoDB data files produces a raw
backup. The apply step incorporates any changes to the database that happened while the backup was running.
Applying the changes produces a prepared backup; these files are ready to be restored whenever necessary.
A full backup consists of a hot backup phase that copies the InnoDB data, followed by a warm backup phase
that copies any non-InnoDB data such as MyISAM tables and .frm files.
See Also apply, cold backup, .frm file, full backup, InnoDB, instance, prepared backup, raw backup, warm
backup.
I
.ibd file
Each InnoDB tablespace created using the file-per-table setting has a filename with a .ibd extension. This
extension does not apply to the system tablespace, which is made up of files named ibdata1, ibdata2, and
so on.
See Also .ibz file, system tablespace, tablespace.
.ibz file
When the MySQL Enterprise Backup product performs a compressed backup, it transforms each tablespace
file that is created using the file-per-table setting from a .ibd extension to a .ibz extension.
The compression applied during backup is distinct from the compressed row format that keeps table data
compressed during normal operation. An InnoDB tablespace that is already in compressed row format is not
compressed a second time, but is, nevertheless, still saved as an .ibz file in the compressed backup.
See Also .bz file, compression, compression level, .ibd file, .ibz file, MySQL Enterprise Backup, tablespace.
ibdata file
A set of files with names such as ibdata1, ibdata2, and so on, that make up the InnoDB system tablespace.
These files contain metadata about InnoDB tables, and can contain some or all of the table and index data
also (depending on whether the file-per-table option is in effect when each table is created). For backward
compatibility these files always use the Antelope file format.
See Also Antelope, system tablespace.
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image
The file produced as part of a single-file backup operation. It can be a real file that you store locally, or standard
output (specified as -) when the backup data is streamed directly to another command or remote server. This
term is referenced in several mysqlbackup options such as backup-dir-to-image and image-to-backupdir.
See Also single-file backup, streaming.
include
In a partial backup, to select a set of tables, databases, or a combination of both to be backed up. Contrast with
exclude.
See Also partial backup.
incremental backup
A backup that captures only data changed since the previous backup. It has the potential to be smaller and
faster than a full backup. The incremental backup data must be merged with the contents of the previous
backup before it can be restored. See Section 4.3.2, “Making a Differential or Incremental Backup” for usage
details. Related mysqlbackup options are --incremental, --incremental-with-redo-log-only, -incremental-backup-dir, --incremental-base, and --start-lsn.
See Also full backup.
InnoDB
The type of MySQL table that works best with MySQL Enterprise Backup. These tables can be backed up
using the hot backup technique that avoids interruptions in database processing. For this reason, and because of
the higher reliability and concurrency possible with InnoDB tables, most deployments should use InnoDB for the
bulk of their data and their most important data. In MySQL 5.5 and higher, the CREATE TABLE statement creates
InnoDB tables by default.
See Also hot backup, table.
instance
The full contents of a MySQL server, possibly including multiple databases. A backup operation can back up an
entire instance, or a partial backup can include selected databases and tables.
See Also database, partial backup.
L
locking
See Also suspend, warm backup.
log
Several types of log files are used within the MySQL Enterprise Backup product. The most common is the
InnoDB redo log that is consulted during incremental backups.
See Also incremental backup, redo log.
log sequence number
See LSN.
logical backup
A backup that reproduces table structure and data, without copying the actual data files. For example, the
mysqldump command produces a logical backup, because its output contains statements such as CREATE
TABLE and INSERT that can re-create the data. Contrast with physical backup.
See Also backup, physical backup.
LSN
Acronym for log sequence number. This arbitrary, ever-increasing value represents a point in time
corresponding to operations recorded in the redo log. (This point in time is regardless of transaction boundaries;
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it can fall in the middle of one or more transactions.) It is used internally by InnoDB during crash recovery and for
managing the buffer pool.
In the MySQL Enterprise Backup product, you can specify an LSN to represent the point in time from which to
take an incremental backup. The relevant LSN is displayed by the output of the mysqlbackup command. Once
you have the LSN corresponding to the time of a full backup, you can specify that value to take a subsequent
incremental backup, whose output contains another LSN for the next incremental backup.
See Also crash recovery, hot backup, incremental backup, redo log.
M
.MRG file
A file containing references to other tables, used by the MERGE storage engine. Files with this extension are
always included in backups produced by the mysqlbackup command of the MySQL Enterprise Backup
product.
.MYD file
A file that MySQL uses to store data for a MyISAM table.
See Also .MYI file.
.MYI file
A file that MySQL uses to store indexes for a MyISAM table.
See Also .MYD file.
manifest
The record of the environment (for example, command-line arguments) and data files involved in a backup,
stored in the files meta/backup_create.xml and meta/backup_content.xml, respectively. This data can
be used by management tools during diagnosis and troubleshooting procedures.
master
In a replication configuration, a database server that sends updates to a set of slave servers. It typically
dedicates most of its resources to write operations, leaving user queries to the slaves. With MySQL Enterprise
Backup, typically you perform backups on the slave servers rather than the master, to minimize any slowdown of
the overall system.
See Also replication, slave.
media management software
A class of software programs for managing backup media, such as libraries of tape backups. One example is
Oracle Secure Backup. Abbreviated MMS.
See Also Oracle Secure Backup.
my.cnf
The typical name for the MySQL configuration file on Linux, Unix, and OS X systems.
See Also configuration file, my.ini.
my.ini
The typical name for the MySQL configuration file on Windows systems.
See Also configuration file, my.cnf.
MyISAM
A MySQL storage engine, formerly the default for new tables. In MySQL 5.5 and higher, InnoDB becomes
the default storage engine. MySQL Enterprise Backup can back up both types of tables, and tables from other
storage engines also. The backup process for InnoDB tables (hot backup) is less disruptive to database
operations than for MyISAM tables (warm backup).
See Also hot backup, InnoDB, warm backup.
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MySQL Enterprise Backup
A licensed products that performs hot backups of MySQL databases. It offers the most efficiency and flexibility
when backing up InnoDB tables; it can also back up MyISAM and other kinds of tables. It is included as part of
the MySQL Enterprise Edition subscription.
See Also Barracuda, hot backup, InnoDB.
mysqlbackup
The primary command of the MySQL Enterprise Backup product. Different options perform backup and
restore operations.
See Also backup, restore.
mysqldump
A MySQL command that performs logical backups, producing a set of SQL commands to recreate tables and
data. Suitable for smaller backups or less critical data, because the restore operation takes longer than with a
physical backup produced by MySQL Enterprise Backup.
See Also logical backup, physical backup, restore.
O
.opt file
A file containing database configuration information. Files with this extension are always included in backups
produced by the backup operations of the MySQL Enterprise Backup product.
offline
A type of operation performed while the database server is stopped. With the MySQL Enterprise Backup
product, the main offline operation is the restore step. You can optionally perform a cold backup, which is
another offline operation. Contrast with online.
See Also cold backup, online, restore.
online
A type of operation performed while the database server is running. A hot backup is the ideal example, because
the database continues to run and no read or write operations are blocked. For that reason, sometimes “hot
backup” and “online backup” are used as synonyms. A cold backup is the opposite of an online operation; by
definition, the database server is shut down while the backup happens. A warm backup is also a kind of online
operation, because the database server continues to run, although some write operations could be blocked while
a warm backup is in progress. Contrast with offline.
See Also cold backup, hot backup, offline, warm backup.
optimistic backup
Optimistic backup is a feature introduced in MySQL Enterprise Backup 3.11 for improving performance for
backing up and restoring huge databases in which only a small number of tables are modified frequently. An
optimistic backup consists of two phases: (1) the optimistic phase in which tables that are unlikely to be modified
during the backup process (identified by the user with the optimistic-time option or, by exclusion, with the
optimistic-busy-tables option) are backed up without locking the MySQL instance; (2) a normal phase,
in which tables that are not backed up in the first phase are being backed up in a manner similar to how they
are processed in an ordinary backup: the InnoDB files are copied first, and then other relevant files and copied
or processed with the MySQL instance locked. The redo logs, undo logs, and the system tablespace are also
backed up in this phase. See Section 4.3.6, “Making an Optimistic Backup” for details.
Oracle Secure Backup
An Oracle product for managing backup media, and so classified as media management software (MMS).
Abbreviated OSB. For MySQL Enterprise Backup, OSB is typically used to manage tape backups.
See Also backup, media management software, OSB.
OSB
Abbreviation for Oracle Secure Backup, a media management software product (MMS).
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See Also Oracle Secure Backup.
P
.par file
A file containing partition definitions. Files with this extension are always included in backups produced by the
mysqlbackup command of the MySQL Enterprise Backup product.
parallel backup
The default processing mode in MySQL Enterprise Backup 3.8 and higher, employing multiple threads for
different classes of internal operations (read, process, and write). See Section 1.3, “Overview of Backup
Performance and Capacity Considerations” for an overview, Section 13.10, “Performance / Scalability / Capacity
Options” for the relevant mysqlbackup options, and Chapter 7, Performance Considerations for MySQL
Enterprise Backup for performance guidelines and tips.
partial backup
A backup that contains some of the tables in a MySQL database, or some of the databases in a MySQL
instance. Contrast with full backup. Related mysqlbackup options are --include-tables, --excludetables, --use-tts, --only-known-file-types, and --only-innodb.
See Also backup, database, full backup, partial restore, table.
partial restore
A restore operation that applies to one or more tables or databases, but not the entire contents of a
MySQL server. The data being restored could come from either a partial backup or a full backup. Related
mysqlbackup options are --include-tables, --exclude-tables, and --rename
See Also database, full backup, partial backup, restore, table.
physical backup
A backup that copies the actual data files. For example, the MySQL Enterprise Backup command produces a
physical backup, because its output contains data files that can be used directly by the mysqld server. Contrast
with logical backup.
See Also backup, logical backup.
point in time
The time corresponding to the end of a backup operation. A prepared backup includes all the changes that
occurred while the backup operation was running. Restoring the backup brings the data back to the state at the
moment when the backup operation completed.
See Also backup, prepared backup, restore.
prepared backup
The set of backup data that is entirely consistent and ready to be restored. It is produced by performing the apply
operation on the raw backup.
See Also apply, raw backup.
progress table
The table mysql.backup_progress that holds details of running backup operations. When a backup job
finishes, the details are recorded in the history table.
See Also backup, history table.
R
raw backup
The initial set of backup data, not yet ready to be restored because it does not incorporate changes that occurred
while the backup was running. The apply operation transforms the backup files into a prepared backup that is
ready to be restored.
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See Also apply, prepared backup.
redo log
A set of files, typically named ib_logfile0 and ib_logfile1, that record statements that attempt to change
data in InnoDB tables. These statements are replayed automatically to correct data written by incomplete
transactions, on startup following a crash. The passage of data through the redo logs is represented by the everincreasing LSN value. The 4GB limit on maximum size for the redo log is raised in MySQL 5.6.
See Also LSN.
regular expression
Some MySQL Enterprise Backup features use POSIX-style regular expressions, for example to specify tables,
databases, or both to include or exclude from a partial backup. Regular expressions require escaping for dots
in filenames, because the dot is the single-character wildcard; no escaping is needed for forward slashes in
path names. When specifying regular expressions on the command line, surround them with quotation marks as
appropriate for the shell environment, to prevent expansion of characters such as asterisks by the shell wildcard
mechanism.
See Also exclude, include, partial backup.
relay log
A record on a slave server for the events read from the binary log of the master and written by the slave I/O
thread. The relay log, like the binary log, consists of a set of numbered files containing events that describe
database changes, and an index file that contains the names of all used relay log files. For more information on
relay log, see The Slave Relay Log. The relay log on a server is backed up by default.
See Also binary log, replication.
replication
A common configuration for MySQL deployments, with data and DML operations from a master server
synchronized with a set of slave servers. With MySQL Enterprise Backup, you might take a backup on one
server, and restore on a different system to create a new slave server with the data already in place. You might
also back up data from a slave server rather than the master, to minimize any slowdown of the overall system.
See Also master, slave.
repository
We distinguish between the server repository and the backup repository.
See Also backup repository, server repository.
restore
The converse of the backup operation. The data files from a prepared backup are put back into place to repair
a data issue or bring the system back to an earlier state.
See Also backup, prepared backup.
row format
The disk storage format for a row from an InnoDB table. As InnoDB gains new capabilities such as compression,
new row formats are introduced to support the resulting improvements in storage efficiency and performance.
Each table has its own row format, specified through the ROW_FORMAT option. To see the row format for
each InnoDB table, issue the command SHOW TABLE STATUS. Because all the tables in the system
tablespace share the same row format, to take advantage of other row formats typically requires setting the
innodb_file_per_table option, so that each table is stored in a separate tablespace.
S
SBT
Acronym for system backup to tape.
See Also system backup to tape.
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selective backup
Another name for partial backup
See Also partial backup, selective restore.
selective restore
Another name for partial restore
See Also partial restore, selective backup.
server
A MySQL instance controlled by a mysqld daemon. A physical machine can host multiple MySQL servers,
each requiring its own backup operations and schedule. Some backup operations communicate with the server
through a connection.
See Also connection, instance.
server repository
Contrast with backup repository.
See Also backup repository, repository.
single-file backup
A backup technique that packs all the backup data into one file (the backup image), for ease of storage and
transfer. The streaming backup technique requires using a single-file backup.
See Also image, streaming.
slave
In a replication configuration, a database server that receives updates from a master server. Typically used to
service user queries, to minimize the query load on the master. With MySQL Enterprise Backup, you might take
a backup on one server, and restore on a different system to create a new slave server with the data already in
place. You might also back up data from a slave server rather than the master, to minimize any slowdown of the
overall system.
See Also master, replication.
streaming
A backup technique that transfers the data immediately to another server, rather than saving a local copy. Uses
mechanisms such as Unix pipes. Requires a single-file backup, with the destination file specified as - (standard
output).
See Also single-file backup.
suspend
An optional stage within the backup where the MySQL Enterprise Backup processing stops, to allow for userspecific operations to be run. The mysqlbackup command has options that let you specify commands to be run
while the backup is suspended. Most often used in conjunction with backups of InnoDB tables only, where you
might do your own scripting for handling .frm files.
See Also .frm file, InnoDB.
system backup to tape
An API for media management software. Abbreviated SBT. Several mysqlbackup options (with sbt in their
names) pass information to media management software products such as Oracle Secure Backup.
See Also Oracle Secure Backup, SBT.
system tablespace
By default, this single data file stores all the table data for a database, as well as all the metadata for InnoDBrelated objects (the data dictionary).
Turning on the innodb_file_per_table option causes each newly created table to be stored in its own
tablespace, reducing the size of, and dependencies on, the system tablespace.
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Keeping all table data in the system tablespace has implications for the MySQL Enterprise Backup product
(backing up one large file rather than several smaller files), and prevents you from using certain InnoDB features
that require the newer Barracuda file format. on the
See Also Barracuda, data dictionary, file format, ibdata file, tablespace.
T
.TRG file
A file containing trigger parameters. Files with this extension are always included in backups produced by the
mysqlbackup command of the MySQL Enterprise Backup product.
table
Although a table is a distinct, addressable object in the context of SQL, for backup purposes we are often
concerned with whether the table is part of the system tablespace, or was created under the file-per-table
setting and so resides in its own tablespace.
See Also backup, system tablespace, tablespace.
tablespace
For InnoDB tables, the file that holds the data and indexes for a table. Can be either the system tablespace
containing multiple tables, or a table created with the file-per-table setting that resides in its own tablespace file.
See Also InnoDB, system tablespace.
transportable tablespace
A feature that allows a tablespace to be moved from one instance to another. Traditionally, this has not been
possible for InnoDB tablespaces because all table data was part of the system tablespace. In MySQL 5.6 and
higher, the FLUSH TABLES ... FOR EXPORT syntax prepares an InnoDB table for copying to another server;
running ALTER TABLE ... DISCARD TABLESPACE and ALTER TABLE ... IMPORT TABLESPACE on the
other server brings the copied data file into the other instance. A separate .cfg file, copied along with the .ibd
file, is used to update the table metadata (for example the space ID) as the tablespace is imported. See Copying
File-Per-Table Tablespaces to Another Server for usage information.
Use the --use-tts option to create a backup with transportable tablespace. See also Section 5.2.4, “Restoring
Backups Created with the --use-tts Option”.
See Also partial backup.
TTS
Short form for transportable tablespace.
See Also partial backup, transportable tablespace.
W
warm backup
A backup taken while the database is running, but that restricts some database operations during the backup
process. For example, tables might become read-only. For busy applications and web sites, you might prefer a
hot backup.
See Also backup, cold backup, hot backup.
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scheduled, 50
single-file, 6
streaming, 6, 46
to cloud, 47
to tape, 47, 73
troubleshooting, 75
uncompressed, 6, 43
verifying, 32
warm, 5
backup_content.xml, 7
backup_content.xml file, 78
backup_create.xml, 7
backup_create.xml file, 78
BACKUP_HISTORY table, 76
BACKUP_PROGRESS table, 76
backup_variables.txt file, 7
Barracuda, 83, 158
benchmarking, 65
binary log, 58, 158
binlog, 158
Index
Symbols
.ARM file, 157
.ARZ file, 157
.bz file, 157
.frm file, 40, 160
.ibd file, 161
.ibz file, 161
.MRG file, 163
.MYD file, 163
.MYI file, 163
.opt file, 164
.par file, 165
.TRG file, 168
A
Antelope, 83, 157
apply, 157
apply-incremental-backup option, 54, 86
--apply-log option, 86
C
B
backup, 157
backup option, 86
backup repository, 157
backup-and-apply-log option, 86
--backup-dir option, 103
backup-dir-to-image option, 92
backup-image option, 117
backup-my.cnf, 158
backup-my.cnf file, 7
backup-to-image option, 86, 117
backups
cold, 5
compressed, 6, 39, 43, 54, 108
controlling overhead, performance, and scalability, 119
encrypted, 71
full, 34
hot, 5
incremental, 6, 35, 109
InnoDB tables only, 83
logical, 6
message logging, 126
monitoring, 75
parallel, 6
partial, 40, 111
physical, 6
prepared, 7, 53
preparing to restore, 53
progress report, 127
raw, 7, 53
changelog, 147
changes
release notes, 147
cloud backups, 47
--cloud-access-key-id option, 132
--cloud-aws-region option, 132
--cloud-identity-url, 133
--cloud-object, 132
--cloud-password, 133
--cloud-region, 133
--cloud-tempauth-url, 133
--cloud-tenant, 133
--cloud-user-id, 132
--counter-container, 132
--cloud-bucket option, 132
--cloud-object-key option, 132
--cloud-proxy option, 131
--cloud-secret-access-key option, 132
--cloud-service option, 131
--cloud-trace option, 131
cold backup, 5, 158
command-line tools, 5
--comments option, 108
--comments-file option, 108
comments.txt file, 7, 108
--compress option, 39, 108
--compress-level option, 39, 109
--compress-method option, 108
compressed backups, 6, 39, 44, 54, 108
compression, 158
compression level, 159
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configuration file, 159
configuration options, 135
connection, 159
connection options, 99
copy-back option, 17, 53, 87
copy-back-and-apply-log option, 32, 87
corruption problems, 75
crash recovery, 53, 159
cron jobs, 50
.CSM file, 7
.CSV file, 7
D
data dictionary, 159
database, 159
--databases option, 115
--databases-list-file option, 115
datadir directory, 7
--datadir option, 101
--data_home_dir option, 101
--decrypt option, 130
decryption, 71
differential backup, 160
--disable-manifest option, 119
disk storage for backup data, 6, 46
downtime, 160
--dst-entry option, 118
E
--encrypt option, 130
encrypted backups, 71
encryption, 71
error codes, 75
exclude, 160
--exclude-tables option, 112
--exec-when-locked option, 134
extract, 160
extract option, 92, 117
F
FAQ, 141
file format, 160
files backed up, 7
frequently asked questions, 141
.frm file, 7
full backup, 34, 160
G
GRANT statement, 28
H
history table, 161
hot backup, 5, 161
I
ibbackup_logfile file, 7
.ibd file, 7
ibdata file, 7, 161
ibreset command, 75
.bz file, 7
.ibz file, 7
ib_logfile file, 7
image, 162
image-to-backup-dir option, 91, 117, 117
image_files.xml file, 7, 78
include, 162
--include option, 40, 115
--include-tables option, 111
incremental backup, 6, 109, 162
--incremental option, 109
--incremental-backup-dir option, 110
--incremental-base option, 110
--incremental-with-redo-log-only option, 109
InnoDB, 162
InnoDB tables, 5, 7, 83, 83
compressed backup feature, 39
incremental backup feature, 35
installing MySQL Enterprise Backup, 19
instance, 162
K
--key option, 131
--key-file option, 131
L
--limit-memory option, 122
list-image option, 92, 117
locking, 162
log, 7, 86, 162
--log-bin-index, 124
logical backup, 6, 162
logs
of backup operations, 76
LSN, 35, 109, 162
M
manifest, 7, 78, 119, 163
master, 62, 163
--master-info-file, 125
media management software, 163
media management software (MMS) products, 73
MEMORY tables, 50
message logging, 126
meta directory, 7
MMS products, 73
monitoring backup jobs, 75
my.cnf, 163
170
my.ini, 163
.MYD file, 7
.MYI file, 7
MyISAM, 163
MyISAM tables, 83
MySQL Enterprise Backup, 164
MySQL Enterprise Monitor, 75
mysqlbackup, 83, 164
and media management software (MMS) products, 73
configuration options, 135
examples, 34
files produced, 7
modes of operation, 85
options, 93
overview, 5
required privileges, 28
using, 27
mysqlbinlog command, 58
mysqldump, 50, 164
N
--no-history-logging option, 107
--no-locking option, 122
--number-of-buffers option, 120
O
offline, 164
--on-disk-full option, 123
online, 164
--only-innodb option, 113
--rename option, 114
--only-innodb option, 116
--only-known-file-types option, 112
.opt file, 7
optimistic backup, 164
--optimistic-busy-tables, 126
--optimistic-time, 125
options, mysqlbackup, 93
connection, 99
for cloud storage, 131
for compression, 108
for controlling backup overhead, performance, and
scalability, 119
for controlling message logging, 126
for controlling progress reporting, 127
for encryption, 130
for generating metadata, 107
for incremental backups, 109
for partial backups, 111
for single-file backups, 117
for special types of backups, 133
in configuration files, 135
layout of backup files, 103
layout of database files, 101
modes of operation, 85
options in common with mysql, 98
standard options, 98
Oracle Secure Backup, 164
OSB, 164
P
--page-reread-count option, 123
--page-reread-time option, 122
.par file, 7
parallel backup, 65, 68, 165
parallel backups, 6
partial backup, 40, 111, 165
partial restore, 165
performance
of backups, 65
of restores, 68
performance of backup operations, 6
physical backup, 6, 165
point in time, 165
point-in-time recovery, 58
posix_fadvise() system call, 6
prepared backup, 7, 53, 165
privileges, 28
--process-threads option, 121
progress indicator, 127
progress table, 165
--progress-interval, 130
R
RAID, 65, 68
raw backup, 7, 53, 165
--read-threads option, 120
redo log, 166
regular expression, 166
relay log, 166
--relay-log-index, 124
--relaylog-info-file, 125
release notes, 147
replication, 61, 62, 62, 166
repository, 166
restore, 166
restoring a backup, 53
at original location, 32
backup created with the --use-tts option, 57
examples, 54
mysqlbackup options, 87
overview, 17
point-in-time recovery, 58
preparation, 53
row format, 166
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S
SBT, 166
--sbt-database-name option, 119
--sbt-environment option, 119
--sbt-lib-path option, 119
selective backup, 167
selective restore, 167
server, 167
server repository, 167
--show-progress, 127
single-file backup, 6, 90, 117, 167
--skip-binlog, 123
--skip-relaylog, 124
--skip-unused-pages, 123
slave, 61, 62, 167
--slave-info option, 133
--sleep option, 122
space for backup data, 6
--src-entry option, 118
--start-lsn option, 110
streaming, 46, 167
streaming backups, 6
suspend, 167
--suspend-at-end option, 133
system backup to tape, 167
system tablespace, 7, 167
T
table, 168
tablespace, 168
tape backups, 47, 73
transportable tablespace, 168
.TRG file, 7
.TRN file, 7
troubleshooting for backups, 75
TTS, 168
U
--uncompress option, 109
uncompressed backups, 6, 43
--use-tts option, 113
V
validate option, 89
validating a backup, 89
verifying a backup, 32
W
warm backup, 5, 168
what is new, 21
--with-timestamp option, 106
--write-threads option, 121
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