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It seems xtrabackup is not backing up binary logs, although it creates xtrabackup_binlog* with apparently correct information inside. Should the binary logs be copied manually beforehand or is this a bug?

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    xtrabackup is not supposed to copy binary logs. It creates a which is InnoDB redo log (similar to ib_logfile*) only. The file you see contains binlog coordinates so you can create a slave out of the backup copy.
    – akuzminsky
    Jun 20, 2014 at 14:17
  • so how are you supposed to start the slave without the binlogs? Create empty binlog index by hand?
    – sivann
    Jun 20, 2014 at 14:50
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    you run CHANGE MASTER on the slave
    – akuzminsky
    Jun 20, 2014 at 14:52
  • Restored DB won't even start without the binlogs
    – sivann
    Jun 20, 2014 at 16:26
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    I'll tell you more. On a slave binary log may be not enabled at all. I think you're confused about how replication works.
    – akuzminsky
    Jun 20, 2014 at 16:38

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When using xtrabackup the binary logs aren't copied per file (but in one binlogfile). You need to restore this differently, see docs: Preparing a Full Backup with innobackupex.

Or, with more extensive explanations:

  1. Percona documentation - Prepare with xtrabackup
  2. Percona documentation - Restore with xtrabackup

In relation to your database not starting after restore, you might want to paste your my.cnf and server log hostname.err.

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