I need to take a mysqldump of specific tables across all databases in a cluster. In this case the cluster has more than 300+ databases. And I need to take the dump of table1 and table2 from each of the 300+ databases.

Then I need to restore the dump to another cluster, to a single database having table1 and table2. Essentially, the data from the tables in the 300+ databases above needs to be consolidated to the tables in a single database in this cluster.

Cluster A has information about a company's employees in a table called Employees which is spread out across databases that represent the company's locations, like database Los Angeles, Austin, New York etc...

I need to take a dump of all the Employee tables across the location databases.

Then in Cluster B, there will be a database called USA in which there will be a table called Employees which will have a union of all the Employee information from the above dump.

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mysqldump cannot do what you ask. It's meant for backups, and whatever transforms data is not a backup.

But all you have to do is to create a view, and then backup the contents of the view.

The following SQL creates the view:

    @view_definition := GROUP_CONCAT('(SELECT * FROM ', TABLE_SCHEMA, '.employee)' SEPARATOR ' UNION ') AS view_definition
    FROM information_schema.TABLES
    WHERE TABLE_NAME = 'employee';
SET @view_definition := CONCAT('CREATE VIEW usa.employee AS ', @view_definition);
SELECT @view_definition;
PREPARE stmt_create_view FROM @view_definition;
EXECUTE stmt_create_view;
DEALLOCATE PREPARE stmt_create_view;

mysqldump doesn't backup views. But you can backup an employee table structure with SHOW CREATE TABLE and the view contents into a CSV file with SELECT INTO OUTFILE.

To create the table into cluster B, run the CREATE TABLE statement and load the CSV file contents with LOAD DATA INFILE.

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