For this example, we used three required parameters; the base directory for the offline server (basedir), a new port to use for the spawned server (port), and a user name to use to run the spawned server (port). The later is necessary since we must launch the mysqlfrm utility as root (sudo) in order to be able to read (copy) files from the protected data directory of the host server.

The --port option is always required for running the utility in default mode (it is not needed for diagnostic mode). You must supply a valid unused port. The utility will check to see if the port is in use and if so will produce an error.

We use the --basedir option instead of the --server option because we were faced with a situation where the original server was offline (down). Note that you can use the --basedir option for a running server if you do not want the utility to connect to the original server in any way.

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