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People running around, someone screaming in disbelief, people gathering at one computer… if you see these scenes inside a company’s IT department, then you’re likely witnessing the reaction to an unexpected data loss from the server. As any website administrator will say “you don’t want to be a part of that!” That’s why taking regular MySQL backups is the simplest, yet the most effective way you can save yourself from being part of a similar scene of chaos. This article will guide you on how to take backups in Linux as well as in Windows aka the MySQL backup database process. Let’s get going!
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The MySQL backup database process in Linux/Ubuntu is a relatively simple process. It can be divided into two significant steps: the first of them is applying the mysqldump command, and the second one is automating the backup process. Let’s see how you can apply both of these steps and take MySQL backups in a flash.
Mysqldump command is a great utility provided by MySQL for backing up the databases. Thanks to it, you don’t need any 3rd-party external tool or software. This is the mysqldump command/syntax that you’ll need to apply:
$ mysqldump -u username -p database_name > backup_file_name.sql
Note: Please don’t forget to change the username, database_name, and backup_file_name to correct details. You must also enter your database password if prompted to do so.
We know how boring it can be to take manual MySQL database backups time after time. That’s why it’s a wise choice to automate this process in such a way that it happens regularly. For that, you’ll need to download a tool called “automysqlbackup.”
Here’s the command you need to enter to download the tool:
$ sudo apt-get install automysqlbackup
Once the tool has been downloaded, run the below command to run the automysqlbackup tool:
$ sudo automysqlbackup
Now enter the following command to specify the content of the scheduled MySQL backups and schedule them daily:
$ sudo ls -a /var/lib/automysqlbackup/daily
Voila! You have just scheduled automatic daily backups on MySQL. Now you can sit back, relax, and watch your favorite tv show without fearing data loss. Awesome, isn’t it?
If you’ve ever wondered how to take MySQL backups in Windows, then wonder no more! You’re about to find out that it’s a much simpler process than you ever thought. In just 9 straightforward steps, you’ll have backed up databases on your Windows server.
@echo off For /f "tokens=2-4 delims=/ " %%a in ('date /t') do (set mydate=%%c-%%a-%%b) For /f "tokens=1-2 delims=/:" %%a in ("%TIME%") do (set mytime=%%a%%b) SET backupdir=C:\xampp\htdocs\backup SET mysqluername=root SET mysqlpassword=somepassword SET database=dbname C:\xampp\mysql\bin\mysqldump.exe -uroot -pPASSWORD %database% > %backupdir%\%database%_%mydate%_%mytime%_.sql
Note: Please specify the SET parameters and the mysqldump.exe location as per your configuration.
Congratulations! You have just set up MySQL database backups on your Windows server.
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