I haven't been able to find anything so I'm sure the answer is no, what are you, a noob? but I feel the need to ask anyway :)
Is there a simple utility that would allow a new slave server to be brought up on an existing master without the need to perform a dump on the master?
I've set up slaves in the traditional manner several times so I'm not without knowledge of the process, but I'm curious if anyone has felt the same as I do, that there must be an easier way.
I would expect such a utility would use something similar to Percona's Xtrabackup, but instead of outputting to a dump file, it would stream the output directly to the slave, and then automatically enable the slave relationship after the feed has ended.
Is this realistic?
I noticed the streaming option in Xtrabackup, but couldn't find examples outside of its ability to just save a tar on another server, which isn't what I was looking for. I want a solution that could stream directly into the destination DB without the requirement of working with a dump file at all. This is particularly handy when working with large datasets.