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Backing up databases without a GUI

What is the best method of backing up MySQL databases on Red Hat Enterprise servers without using a GUI for this process?

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This depends on server activity and other needs. For servers with small tables and low activity the mysqldump utility should work fine.

Users with larger tables may want to look at the mysqlhotcopy utility

Users with very active servers may want to look at solutions such as LVM snapshots or configuring a replication slave for backup purposes.

This was first published in April 2006

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