In mysql 8, what is a recommended and safe way of removing old bin logs other than with "PURGE BINARY LOGS..."
After disabling binary logging on mysql (with skip-log-bin) I have 500GB of unneeded bin logs. I have no immediate plans of reenabling it, but don't want to break anything if I decide to use it in the future. Is it safe to manually remove them (ie., rm binlog.xxxx) and truncate the index file (echo > binlog.index) perhaps? Since bin-log is disabled, the documented and typically recommended purge commands are unavailable.