I want to backup all 200+ databases on a MySQL server to all-dbs.sql.

I want to exclude the mysql schema.

How can I do that?

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    Aug 28, 2015 at 15:51

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You need to collect all the database names into a space delimited list. Use that for mysqldump

# Collect all database names except for
# mysql, information_schema, and performance_schema
SQL="SELECT schema_name FROM information_schema.schemata WHERE schema_name NOT IN"
SQL="${SQL} ('mysql','information_schema','performance_schema')"

mysql ${MYSQL_CONN} -ANe"${SQL}" > ${DBLISTFILE}

for DB in `cat ${DBLISTFILE}` ; do DBLIST="${DBLIST} ${DB}" ; done

MYSQLDUMP_OPTIONS="--routines --triggers --single-transaction"
mysqldump ${MYSQL_CONN} ${MYSQLDUMP_OPTIONS} --databases ${DBLIST} > all-dbs.sql

Give it a Try !!!

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    Just for anyone here reading that is in a similar position to me - you can also just dump everything and manually remove the mysql schema from the dump file, to save time writing/running scripts Jul 2, 2015 at 11:27
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    "Why should we care implementing a simple --ignore-database argument, look at this tiny script, it will do just fine." Aug 28, 2015 at 4:45
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    It says mysqldump: unknown option '--ignore-database' don't know why, but when I used --ignore-table=information_schema.* it worked. Nov 13, 2015 at 9:38
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    It's always lovely to read the comments :))) May 25, 2016 at 7:01
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    @TheStoryCoder It's written in english, but the programming language is bash :D Jun 27, 2016 at 13:35

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