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MySQL Backup
MySQL Backup is a Perl script that uses mysqlshow to grab the database names and "show tables" to grab the table names for a user's account, and then uses mysqldump to save the data in a subdirectory named in the script. It then tars and gzips the files, using the date and time for the file name. It can be run from cron on a daily basis. It removes old files and has an option to email the gzip file to an admin and/or FTP the backup file to a remote server. It also has options to use "select data into outfile" or a regular "select" for users who can't use mysqldump. It supports LARGE sets of databases and tables (GNU/Linux utilities such as tar, ls and nice break when the argument list gets too long). To do this, the script places all the sql text files in a subdirectory and tars the directory. For security, if a .my.cnf file is used then mysqlshow and mysqldump run without the --user and --password parameters, so the password doesn't display in the process list.


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Download version 2.7 (stable)
released on 11 June 2002



LicenseVerified byVerified onNotes
GPLv2orlaterJanet Casey25 May 2001

Leaders and contributors

Peter F. Brown Maintainer

Resources and communication

Audience Resource type URI
Bug Tracking,Developer,Support E-mail

Software prerequisites

Kind Description
Required to use MySQL

This entry (in part or in whole) was last reviewed on 11 June 2002.


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