If mysqld started as mysql user and user who wants to make backup logged using own account she needs to use sudo so mysqlbackup is able to access InnoDB files. After this run backup files saved under permissions of user root. This is fine so far. When same user wants to restore backup she needs to use sudo again and all files restored with root owner. This prevents MySQL server from starting. See BUG#60789 for example. Proposal: Add such an option, say --unix-user, so when mysqlbackup is running as root it can set owner of restored/backed up files as user specified. Ingo: I am a bit confused by this proposal. What would be the advantage to use sudo mysqlbackup --unix-user mysql over sudo -u mysql mysqlbackup ? Sveta: there are can be 2 advantages: 1. This will be compatible with mysqld's option --user 2. Can create backups of mysqld running by one user and save it under permissions of another user. When I created this WL I had in mind only option 1.