I'm using Xtrabackup to perform a MySQL DB restore.

I found some problems when I'm trying to restore individual tables: tables with InnoDB engine can be restored without any problem but I can't find a way to backup and restore MyISAM tables. Is there a way to restore MyISAM individual tables with Xtrabackup or similar products?

  • xtrabackup copies MyISAM tables as well. How do you run xtrabackup?
    – akuzminsky
    Aug 8, 2017 at 8:40
  • with this command: innobackupex --apply-log --export /path/to/backup
    – Dandelion
    Aug 8, 2017 at 8:44
  • I meant how do you take backups. Anyways, are there *.MYD, *MYI files in the backup?
    – akuzminsky
    Aug 8, 2017 at 8:47
  • Yes, both *.MYD and *.MYI file are present in the backup directory.
    – Dandelion
    Aug 8, 2017 at 9:08
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    To restore individual MyISAM tables you can copy table.{frm,MYD,MYI} files , execute FLUSH TABLES (yes, mysqld may be running) and the restored version will be available on MySQL instance.
    – akuzminsky
    Aug 8, 2017 at 9:12

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To restore individual MyISAM tables from XtraBackup:

  • Copy table.{frm,MYD,MYI} files to MySQL database directory e.g /var/lib/mysql/sakila
  • Execute FLUSH TABLES (yes, mysqld may be running)
  • Check the restored version is available on MySQL instance with SHOW TABLES and selecting rows from them.

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