Creating an automatic backup script for mysql

Ok this is really step by step. There’s nothing complicated

1. Created a backup folder as ROOT

> sudo su
enter password
> cd /
> mkdir backup
> cd backup

now create a shell script I use NANO to do this. (don’t forget to change the username and password to match yours)

> nano

cd /backup
mysqldump -u username -ppassword --all-databases>backup`date +%a`.sql

Save the file.

Now edit the cron table

> crontab -e
01 02 * * *  /backup/

and save.

This will cause your backup to happen every morning at 2am.

It’s a good idea to test your backup routine sh before leaving it to cron to do the work.



About Paul C

I am a Senior Java programmer/Web Technologies, Play in a band called Mandolin Monday, I have a cat and I live on a boat.

Posted on August 23, 2012, in Howto. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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