Are there any mysql scripts for taking a database backup by excluding specified tables?

Also, what is the best way to take backup of a running mysql system?

  • What OS? Community or Enterprise? InnoDB or MyISAM or ... ?
    – gbn
    Commented Nov 30, 2011 at 9:54
  • If you are not sure, connect to MySQL, type use information_schema; and then type: select table_schema, table_name, engine from tables where table_schema='database_name'; Commented Nov 30, 2011 at 9:59
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    possible duplicate of How do to mysqldump specific table(s)?
    – Gaius
    Commented Dec 16, 2011 at 22:45

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You can backup databases and tables using the mysqldump command. There are parameters for excluding certain tables.

mysqldump -u username -ppasswword -h servername --ignore-table=dbname.tabletoskip dbname

If you need to get fast backups of MyISAM or ARCHIVE tables, you can also use mysqlhotcopy. That has more restrictions though.

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    This is as StraightForward an answer as possible. +1 !!! Commented Nov 30, 2011 at 18:20
  • Yeah, it is best to start with the simple solutions, and only work up to the complex home-brew scripts when you know you need it.
    – Cylindric
    Commented Dec 1, 2011 at 9:25
  • Thanks Cylindric..It worked for me for excluding one table..How to exclude more than one table Commented Dec 5, 2011 at 5:17
  • Can we use this method for backing up a running DB Commented Dec 5, 2011 at 5:31
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    Like it says on the page I linked, "To ignore multiple tables, use this option multiple times."
    – Cylindric
    Commented Dec 5, 2011 at 9:40

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