Xtrabackup

Xtrabackup is the best solution to create backups for several reasons:

  • It's fast in creating a backup
  • It's fast in restoring a backup
  • It locks a table for a very short time
  • It can stream compressed databases
  • It can perform incremental backups
  • It allows you to compress your backups
  • It allows you to encrypt your backups

In most cases, it's a better solution to backup, as it is very fast and doesn't need to lock the tables for a long time (only a few milliseconds). However, you need to take care about what you're backing up, as Xtrabackup only backs up InnoDB/XtraDB and MyISAM engines.

To install Xtrabackup, we saw in the previous chapters that you need to first configure the Percona repository and then install Xtrabackup.

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