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Backing up a database as root

Last updated: January 2023

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Backing up a MySQL database

Normally we recommend backing up MySQL databases using the customer's environment. You can either:

  1. Add an SSH key or a password to the website under "developer tools" in the website dashboard
  2. Log in to your server as root and "su" to the website's unix user

Dump a database as root


To dump a database as root:


  1. Log in to your system as root. If you have a multi server cluster, this should be the server running the database role for the website you wish to back up.
  2. docker exec mysqlcd sh -c "mysqldump database_name_here > /var/backups/database_name.sql"
  3. You will find the resulting file in /var/local/enhance/mysqlcd-backups on the host o/s.
  4. We recommend that you rm the backup file when you're done.

ℹ️ Be careful executing commands as root, especially those which directly redirect output to files.

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