There are different ways to use incremental backups to restore a
database under different scenarios. The preferred method is to
first restore the full backup and make it up-to-date to the time
at which the full backup was performed using the
Example 5.1, “Restoring a Database”
on how to do it), then use
again to restore the incremental backup image on top of the full
backup that was just restored:
Example 5.6 Restoring an Incremental Backup Image
mysqlbackup --defaults-file=<my.cnf> -uroot --backup-image=<inc_image_name> \ --incremental-backup-dir=<incBackupTmpDir> --datadir=<restoreDir> --incremental \ copy-back-and-apply-log
In this example, the incremental backup image named
<inc_image_name> is restored to
<restoreDir> on the server (where
the full backup that the incremental backup image was based on
has already been restored). The
option is used to specify the temporary directory into which
temporary output, status files, and backup metadata are saved
(you can use
for the same purpose). Repeat the step with other incremental
backup images that you have, until the data has been restored to
a desired point in time.
Incremental directory backups can be restored in a series of
command, as illustrated above for single-file backups.
Alternatively, at anytime after an incremental backup is taken
and before the data is restored, you can bring your full backup
up-to-date with your incremental backup. First, apply to the
full backup any changes that occurred while the backup was
$ mysqlbackup --backup-dir=/full-backup/2010-12-08_17-14-11 apply-log ..many lines of output... 101208 17:15:10 mysqlbackup: Full backup prepared for recovery successfully! 101208 17:15:10 mysqlbackup: mysqlbackup completed OK!
Then, we apply the changes from the incremental backup using the
$ mysqlbackup --incremental-backup-dir=/incr-backup/2010-12-08_17-14-48 --backup-dir=/full-backup/2010-12-08_17-14-11 apply-incremental-backup ...many lines of output... 101208 17:15:12 mysqlbackup: mysqlbackup completed OK!
Now, the data files in the full backup directory are fully up-to-date, as of the time of the last incremental backup. You can keep updating it with more incremental backups, so it is ready to be restored anytime.
When an incremental backup is being restored using either the
the binary log (and also the relay log, in the case of a slave
server), if included in the incremental backup, is also restored
to the target server by default. This default behavior is
overridden when either (1) the
--skip-binlog option (or the
--skip-relaylog option for the relay
log) is used with the restore command, or (2) if the full backup
the incremental backup was based on or any prior incremental
backup that came in between the full backup and this incremental
backup has the binary log (or relay log) missing.
For release 4.1.2 and later: Location of
the binary log (or relay log) after an incremental backup is
restored is, by default, the same as the log's location on the
backed-up server when the incremental backup was taken, or as
specified by the
--relay-log) option during the
restore of the incremental backup.
For release 4.1.1 and earlier: Location of the binary log (or relay log) after an incremental backup is restored is the data directory of the restored server.
See Section 4.3.3, “Making a Differential or Incremental Backup”, and Section 16.7, “Incremental Backup Options”, for more details on incremental backups.