MySQL Enterprise Backup User's Guide (Version 4.1.4)

4.1.2 Grant MySQL Privileges to Backup Administrator

For most backup operations, the mysqlbackup command connects to the MySQL server using the credentials supplied with the --user and --password options. The specified user needs certain privileges. You can either create a new user with a minimal set of privileges, or use an administrative account such as root. Here are the privileges required by mysqlbackup: