mysqlhotcopy is a Perl script that was originally written and
contributed by Tim Bunce. It uses FLUSH TABLES, LOCK TABLES, and cp
or scp to make a database backup. It is a fast way to make a backup
of the database or single tables, but it can be run only on the same
machine where the database directories are located. mysqlhotcopy
works only for backing up MyISAM and ARCHIVE tables. It runs on Unix
To use mysqlhotcopy, you must have read access to the files for the
tables that you are backing up, the SELECT privilege for those
tables, the RELOAD privilege (to be able to execute FLUSH TABLES),
and the LOCK TABLES privilege (to be able to lock the tables).
shell> mysqlhotcopy db_name[/path/to/new_directory]
shell> mysqlhotcopy db_name_1... db_name_n /path/to/new_directory
Back up tables in the given database that match a regular expression:
shell> mysqlhotcopy db_name./regex/
The regular expression for the table name can be negated by prefixing
it with a tilde (“~”):
shell> mysqlhotcopy db_name./~regex/mysqlhotcopy supports the following options, which can be specified
on the command line or in the [mysqlhotcopy] and [client] option file
· --help, -?
Display a help message and exit.
Do not rename target directory (if it exists); merely add files
Do not abort if a target exists; rename it by adding an _old
Insert checkpoint entries into the specified database db_name and
Base directory of the chroot jail in which mysqld operates. The
path value should match that of the --chroot option given to
Enable debug output.
· --dryrun, -n
Report actions without performing them.
Flush logs after all tables are locked.
· --host=host_name, -h host_name
The host name of the local host to use for making a TCP/IP
connection to the local server. By default, the connection is
made to localhost using a Unix socket file.
Do not delete previous (renamed) target when done.
The method for copying files (cp or scp). The default is cp.
Do not include full index files for MyISAM tables in the backup.
This makes the backup smaller and faster. The indexes for
reloaded tables can be reconstructed later with myisamchk -rq.
Connect to old MySQL-server (before v5.5) which doesn't have
FLUSH TABLES WITH READ LOCK fully implemented..
· --password=password, -ppassword
The password to use when connecting to the server. The password
value is not optional for this option, unlike for other MariaDB
Specifying a password on the command line should be considered
insecure. You can use an option file to avoid giving the password
on the command line.
· --port=port_num, -P port_num
The TCP/IP port number to use when connecting to the local
· --quiet, -q
Be silent except for errors.
Record master and slave status in the specified database db_name
and table tbl_name.
Copy all databases with names that match the given regular
Reset the binary log after locking all the tables.
Reset the master.info file after locking all the tables.
· --socket=path, -S path
The Unix socket file to use for connections to localhost.
The suffix to use for names of copied databases.
The temporary directory. The default is /tmp.
· --user=user_name, -u user_name
The MariaDB user name to use when connecting to the server.
Use perldoc for additional mysqlhotcopy documentation, including
information about the structure of the tables needed for the
--checkpoint and --record_log_pos options:
shell> perldoc mysqlhotcopy
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