MySQL Enterprise Backup User's Guide (Version 8.0.16)

14.4 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: