Copying a MySQL database FAST

Dave Smith dave at
Wed Aug 6 09:58:56 MDT 2008

Matthew Frederico wrote:
> # /etc/init.d/mysql stop
> # cd /var/lib/mysql (or wherever your mysql data files are located)
> # cp -a database_x database_y
> # /etc/init.d/mysql start
> And voila, you have an exact copy of your database and it's pretty fast.

No, you have a corrupt database. Remember, these are InnoDB tables. You 
can't just do the copy like that unless you have ISAM or MyISAM tables.


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