To save disk space, you can compress InnoDB backup data files by
--compress option of
mysqlbackup. Compression lets you keep more
sets of backup data on hand, and saves on transmission time when
sending the backup data to another server. The downside is extra
CPU overhead during the backup itself, and extra time needed
during the restore process as the data is uncompressed.
The backup compression feature only applies to InnoDB tables. MySQL 5.5 and higher make InnoDB the default storage engine, because of its high concurrency, reliability, and fast crash recovery. The hot backup and incremental backup features of MySQL Enterprise Backup also apply only to InnoDB tables; For these reasons, Oracle recommends using InnoDB tables for your biggest, busiest, and most important data.
When InnoDB tablespace files are compressed during backup, they
receive the extension
.ibz rather than the
.ibd extension. To avoid wasting CPU
cycles without saving additional disk space,
--compress does not attempt to compress
already-compressed tables that use the Barracuda file format;
such tablespace files keep the usual
If there is unused space within an InnoDB tablespace file, the entire file is copied during an uncompressed backup. Do a compressed backup to avoid the storage overhead for this unused space.
mysqlbackup --defaults-file=/home/pekka/my.cnf --compress backup...many lines of output... mysqlbackup: Compressed 488 MB of data files to 53 MB (compression 89%). 101208 15:48:09 mysqlbackup: Full backup completed!
The backup directory is shown below. Compressed data files have
.ibz. Typically, compression
ratios of more than 70% are achieved:
ls -l /sqldata-backuptotal 54676 -rw-r--r-- 1 pekka pekka 158 2010-12-08 15:48 ibbackup_export_variables.txt -rw-r----- 1 pekka pekka 1024 2010-12-08 15:48 ibbackup_logfile -rw-r----- 1 pekka pekka 1095854 2010-12-08 15:47 ibdata1.ibz -rw-r----- 1 pekka pekka 811625 2010-12-08 15:47 ibdata2.ibz -rw-r----- 1 pekka pekka 54058462 2010-12-08 15:48 ibdata3.ibz
Make a note of the LSN value in the message at the end of both full and incremental backups, for example,
mysqlbackup: Was able to parse the log up to lsn. You specify this value when performing incremental backups of changes that occur after this full backup.
Apply the log to the compressed backup files, so that the full backup is ready to be restored at any time. You can move the backup data to a different server first, to avoid the CPU and I/O overhead of performing this operation on the database server.
After applying the log, periodically take incremental backups, which are much faster and smaller than a full backup like this.