MySQL Enterprise Backup User's Guide (Version 4.1.4)

Appendix A Frequently Asked Questions for MySQL Enterprise Backup

This section lists some common questions about MySQL Enterprise Backup, with answers and pointers to further information.


Questions and Answers

A.1: What versions of the MySQL server does MySQL Enterprise Backup 4.1 support?

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 as a database operates, and is included in every full and incremental backup. To reduce the space taken up by this file in your backup data:

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.

A.4: What happens if the apply-log or apply-incremental-backup 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 going after mysqlbackup. 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 --skip-binlog option, the --skip-relaylog option, or both with your copy-back or copy-back-and-apply-log command.

A.8: What would happen if I start a server directly using a raw directory backup, without running either the copy-back or the apply-log operation?

This should never be attempted. Not only would the server crash, but the backup would likely get corrupted and become unusable. This is because the directory backup contains metadata created by mysqlbackup that the MySQL server would not understand; also, the raw backup might be inconsistent and need to be brought up-to-date by an apply-log operation, so that changes made to the database during the backup process can be applied.