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These days much stuff is stored in mysql databases and it is therefore quite important to back it all up regularly. The added bonus of this is because I'm still trying to get my head around shell scripting I looked around the internet to find a script.
I found a very simple one here. I've modified it slightly to store the various databases in their own directories:
#!/bin/bash for DB in `mysql -B -e "show databases" | tail +2`; do DIR=/mnt/backup/mysql/$DB/ mkdir -p $DIR mysqldump --opt $DB | bzip2 -c -9 > $DIR$DB.`date --iso-8601`.bz2 done
The other modification I've made is to use bzip2 rather than gzip because of the better compression acheived. The script is run as a cron job.