throttling mysqldump

William Attwood wattwood at
Mon Dec 29 20:14:43 MST 2008

You could be cheap, install another MySQL daemon running on a different port
with different data folders, as a slave, and backup that one without a
performance hit.

On Mon, Dec 29, 2008 at 8:06 PM, Mike Lovell <mike at> wrote:

> William Attwood wrote:
>> I was hoping that was a given.  I should have explained better.  Flush
>> tables, shut down MySQL, and then tarball the entire data folder.
>> -Will
> An option that was explored where I work was have the MySQL tables on a LVM
> volume, stop the server, create and LVM snapshot, start the server, mount
> the snapshot, tar it, and then destroy the snapshot. It is a half way decent
> option. The server is only down for a few moments while the LVM snapshot is
> being created. But it of course has a prerequisite that you are running the
> MySQL tables on an LVM volume and there is a performance hit during the time
> the snapshot exists.
> Other option that I would suggest is having MySQL sync data to a slave box
> and then doing regular backups on the slave. It does require having another
> machine though and that isn't always an option.
> Mike
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