Best way to back up mysql database

Bill Campbell freebsd at
Tue Sep 30 22:24:06 UTC 2008

On Tue, Sep 30, 2008, John Almberg wrote:
> First, I wanted to say how great this list is. I'm a newbie FreeBSD  
> admin and, besides the Handbook and "Absolute FreeBSD" (which never  
> seems to leave my desk), this list is the best resource I have.
> I just had a huge scare today... One of the websites on my server uses a 
> large Mysql database. Somehow, one of the tables got corrupted today.
> I have been blithely backing up mysql with a simple cron script that ran 
> mysqldump every night. Simple, reliable, and I've never needed it.
> Today, when I realized the database was corrupted, I scrambled for my  
> backup, and realized that if I hadn't caught the problem today, tomorrow 
> my backup would have been overwritten, and I would have been... well, not 
> a happy camper.

I would suggest using something like logrotate to rotate the
backups giving you several days of backup files.

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