These terms are commonly used in information about the MySQL Enterprise Backup product.
- .ARM file
See Also .ARZ file.
- .ARZ file
See Also .ARM file.
- .bz file
When mysqlbackup performs a compressed backup for a server that has binary logging enabled, it transforms each binary log file and relay log file (for a replica server in a replication setting) to a
.bzfiles are uncompressed at the time of restore.
The process of copying some or all table data and metadata from a MySQL instance, for safekeeping. Can also refer to the set of copied files. This is a crucial task for DBAs. The reverse of this process is the restore operation.
With MySQL, physical backups are performed by the MySQL Enterprise Backup product, and logical backups are performed by the
mysqldumpcommand. These techniques have different characteristics in terms of size and representation of the backup data, and speed (especially speed of the restore operation).
Backups are further classified as hot, warm, or cold depending on how much they interfere with normal database server operation. (Hot backups have the least interference, cold backups the most.)
- backup directory
The directory under which the backup data and metadata are stored, permanently or temporarily. It is used in most kinds of backup and restore operations, including single-file backups and restores. See the description of the
--backup-diroption on how the backup directory is used for different purposes and for different operations.
- backup repository
A small configuration file generated by MySQL Enterprise Backup, containing a minimal set of configuration parameters. This file records the settings that apply to this backup data. Subsequent operations, such as the apply process, read options from this file to determine how the backup data is structured. This file always has the extension
.cnf, rather than
.cnfon Unix-like systems and
.inion Windows systems.
The code name for an InnoDB file format that supports compression for table data. It supports the compressed row format that enables InnoDB table compression, and the dynamic row format that improves the storage layout for BLOB and large text columns.
- binary log
A file containing a record of all statements that attempt to change table data. These statements can be replayed to bring replica servers up to date in a replication scenario, or to bring a database up to date after restoring table data from a backup. The binary logging feature can be turned on and off, although Oracle recommends always enabling it if you use replication or perform backups.
You can examine the contents of the binary log, or replay those statements during replication or recovery, by using the mysqlbinlog command. For full information about the binary log, see The Binary Log. For MySQL configuration options related to the binary log, see Binary Logging Options and Variables.
For the MySQL Enterprise Backup product, the file name of the binary log and the current position within the file are important details. To record this information for the source server when taking a backup in a replication context, you can specify the
The binary log, if enabled on the server, is backed up by default.
See Also binary log.
- cold backup
MySQL Enterprise Backup 8.0 and later does not support cold backups.
A technique that produces smaller backup files, with size reduction influenced by the compression level setting. Suitable for keeping multiple sets of non-critical backup files. (For recent backups of critical data, you might leave the data uncompressed, to allow fast restore speed in case of emergency.)
MySQL Enterprise Backup can apply compression to the contents of InnoDB tables during the backup process, turning the .ibd files into .ibz files.
Compression adds CPU overhead to the backup process, and requires additional time and disk space during the restore process.
- compression level
A setting that determines how much compression to apply to a compressed backup. This setting ranges from 0 (none), 1 (default level when compression is enabled) to 9 (maximum). The amount of compression for a given compression level depends on the nature of your data values. Higher compression levels do impose additional CPU overhead, so ideally you use the lowest value that produces a good balance of compression with low CPU overhead.
See Also compression.
- configuration file
The file that holds the startup options of the MySQL server and related products and components. Often referred to by its default file name, my.cnf on Linux, Unix, and macOS systems, and my.ini on Windows systems. The MySQL Enterprise Backup stores its default configuration settings in this file, under a
[mysqlbackup]section. For convenience, MySQL Enterprise Backup can also read settings from the
[client]section, for configuration options that are common between MySQL Enterprise Backup and other programs that connect to the MySQL server.
The mechanism used by certain backup operations to communicate with a running MySQL server. For example, the mysqlbackup command can log into the server being backed up to insert and update data in the progress table and the history table. A hot backup typically uses a database connection for convenience, but can proceed anyway if the connection is not available. A warm backup always uses a database connection, because it must put the server into a read-only state. A cold backup is taken while the MySQL server is shut down.
Cold backups are not supported by MySQL Enterprise Backup 8.0 or later. Therefore a connection to the server is always needed for MySQL Enterprise Backup 8.0 and later to back it up.
- crash recovery
The cleanup activities for InnoDB tables that occur when MySQL is started again after a crash. Changes that were committed before the crash, but not yet written to the tablespace files, are reconstructed from the doublewrite buffer. When the database is shut down normally, this type of activity is performed during shutdown by the purge operation.
- data dictionary
Because the MySQL Enterprise Backup product always backs up the system tablespace, all backups include the contents of the data dictionary.
A set of tables and related objects owned by a MySQL user. Equivalent to “schema” in Oracle Database terminology. MySQL Enterprise Backup can perform a partial backup that includes some databases and not others. The full set of databases controlled by a MySQL server is known as an instance.
- differential backup
A backup that captures only the data changed since the last full backup. It has the potential to be smaller and faster than a full backup, but is usually bigger and takes longer to create than an incremental backup. See Section 4.3.3, “Making a Differential or Incremental Backup” for usage details. Related mysqlbackup options are
A period when the database is unresponsive. The database might be entirely shut down, or in a read-only state when applications are attempting to insert, update, or delete data. The goal for your backup strategy is to minimize downtime, using techniques such as hot backup for InnoDB tables and minimizing the duration of the suspend stage where you run customized backup logic while the MySQL server is locked.
See Also partial backup.
The operation that retrieves some content from an image file produced by a single-file backup. It can apply to a single file (unpacked to an arbitrary location) or to the entire backup (reproducing the original directory structure of the backup data). These two kinds of extraction are performed by the mysqlbackup options
- .frm file
A file containing the metadata, such as the table definition, of a MySQL table.
.frmfiles were removed in MySQL 8.0 and later but are still used in earlier MySQL releases. In MySQL 8.0 and later, data that was previously stored in
.frmfiles is stored in data dictionary tables.
- file format
- full backup
A backup that includes all the tables in each MySQL database, and all the databases in a MySQL instance. Contrast with partial backup and incremental backup. Full backups take the longest, but also require the least amount of followup work and administration complexity. Thus, even when you primarily do partial or incremental backups, you might periodically do a full backup.
- history table
- hot backup
A hot backup involves more than simply copying data files: it must include any data that was inserted or updated while the backup was in process; it must exclude any data that was deleted while the backup was in process; and it must ignore any changes started by transactions but not committed.
The Oracle product that performs hot backups, of InnoDB tables especially but also tables from MyISAM and other storage engines, is MySQL Enterprise Backup.
The hot backup process consists of two stages. The initial copying of the InnoDB data files produces a raw backup. The apply step incorporates any changes to the databases that happened while the backup was running. Applying the changes produces a prepared backup; these files are ready to be restored whenever necessary.
A full backup consists of a hot backup phase that copies the InnoDB data, followed by a warm backup phase that copies any non-InnoDB data such as MyISAM tables and the associated .sdi files.
- .ibd file
Each InnoDB tablespace created using the file-per-table setting has a filename with a
.ibdextension. This extension does not apply to the system tablespace, which is made up of files named
ibdata2, and so on.
- .ibz file
The compression applied during backup is distinct from the compressed row format that keeps table data compressed during normal operation. An InnoDB tablespace that is already in compressed row format is not compressed a second time, but is, nevertheless, still saved as an
.ibzfile in the compressed backup.
- ibdata file
A set of files with names such as
ibdata2, and so on, that make up the InnoDB system tablespace. These files contain metadata about InnoDB tables, and can contain some or all of the table and index data also (depending on whether the file-per-table option is in effect when each table is created). For backward compatibility these files always use the Antelope file format.
The file produced as part of a single-file backup operation. It can be a real file that you store locally, or standard output (specified as
-) when the backup data is streamed directly to another command or remote server. This term is referenced in several mysqlbackup options such as
See Also partial backup.
- incremental backup
A backup that captures only data changed since the previous backup. It has the potential to be smaller and faster than a full backup. The incremental backup data must be merged with the contents of the previous backup before it can be restored. See Section 4.3.3, “Making a Differential or Incremental Backup” for usage details. Related mysqlbackup options are
See Also full backup.
The type of MySQL table that works best with MySQL Enterprise Backup. These tables can be backed up using the hot backup technique that avoids interruptions in database processing. For this reason, and because of the higher reliability and concurrency possible with InnoDB tables, most deployments should use InnoDB for the bulk of their data and their most important data. In MySQL 5.5 and higher, the
CREATE TABLEstatement creates InnoDB tables by default.
- log sequence number
- logical backup
A backup that reproduces table structure and data, without copying the actual data files. For example, the
mysqldumpcommand produces a logical backup, because its output contains statements such as
INSERTthat can re-create the data. Contrast with physical backup.
Acronym for log sequence number. This arbitrary, ever-increasing value represents a point in time corresponding to operations recorded in the redo log. (This point in time is regardless of transaction boundaries; it can fall in the middle of one or more transactions.) It is used internally by InnoDB during crash recovery and for managing the buffer pool.
In the MySQL Enterprise Backup product, you can specify an LSN to represent the point in time from which to take an incremental backup. The relevant LSN is displayed by the output of the mysqlbackup command. Once you have the LSN corresponding to the time of a full backup, you can specify that value to take a subsequent incremental backup, whose output contains another LSN for the next incremental backup.
- .MRG file
A file containing references to other tables, used by the
MERGEstorage engine. Files with this extension are always included in backups produced by the mysqlbackup command of the MySQL Enterprise Backup product.
- .MYD file
See Also .MYI file.
- .MYI file
See Also .MYD file.
The record of the environment (for example, command-line arguments) and data files involved in a backup, stored in the files
meta/backup_content.xml, respectively. This data can be used by management tools during diagnosis and troubleshooting procedures.
- media management software
See Also Oracle Secure Backup.
A MySQL storage engine, formerly the default for new tables. In MySQL 5.5 and higher, InnoDB becomes the default storage engine. MySQL Enterprise Backup can back up both types of tables, and tables from other storage engines also. The backup process for InnoDB tables (hot backup) is less disruptive to database operations than for MyISAM tables (warm backup).
- MySQL Enterprise Backup
A licensed products that performs hot backups of MySQL database servers. It offers the most efficiency and flexibility when backing up InnoDB tables; it can also back up MyISAM and other kinds of tables. It is included as part of the MySQL Enterprise Edition subscription.
A MySQL command that performs logical backups, producing a set of SQL commands to recreate tables and data. Suitable for smaller backups or less critical data, because the restore operation takes longer than with a physical backup produced by MySQL Enterprise Backup.
- .opt file
A type of operation performed while the database server is stopped. With the MySQL Enterprise Backup product, the main offline operation is the restore step. You cannot perform a cold backup with MySQL Enterprise Backup 8.0 or later. Contrast with online.
A type of operation performed while the database server is running. A hot backup is the ideal example, because the database server continues to run and no read or write operations are blocked. For that reason, sometimes “hot backup” and “online backup” are used as synonyms. A cold backup is the opposite of an online operation; by definition, the database server is shut down while the backup happens (MySQL Enterprise Backup 8.0 and later does not support cold backups). A warm backup is also a kind of online operation, because the database server continues to run, although some write operations could be blocked while a warm backup is in progress. Contrast with offline.
- optimistic backup
Optimistic backup is a feature for improving performance for backing up and restoring huge databases in which only a small number of tables are modified frequently. An optimistic backup consists of two phases: (1) the optimistic phase in which tables that are unlikely to be modified during the backup process (identified by the user with the
optimistic-timeoption or, by exclusion, with the
optimistic-busy-tablesoption) are backed up without any locks on the MySQL instance; (2) a normal phase, in which tables that are not backed up in the first phase are being backed up in a manner similar to how they are processed in an ordinary backup: the InnoDB files are copied first, and then other relevant files and copied or processed with various locks applied to the database server. The redo logs, undo logs, and the system tablespace are also backed up in this phase. See Section 4.3.6, “Making an Optimistic Backup” for details.
- optimistic Incremental Backup
In an optimistic incremental backup mysqlbackup scans InnoDB data files that have been modified since the last backup for changed pages and then saves them into the incremental backup. It is performed by specifying
--incremental=optimistic. See Full-scan versus Optimistic Incremental Backup for details.
- Oracle Secure Backup
See Also Oracle Secure Backup.
- .par file
- parallel backup
The default processing mode in MySQL Enterprise Backup 3.8 and higher, employing multiple threads for different classes of internal operations (read, process, and write). See Section 1.2, “Overview of Backup Types” for an overview, Section 20.10, “Performance / Scalability / Capacity Options” for the relevant mysqlbackup options, and Chapter 13, Performance Considerations for MySQL Enterprise Backup for performance guidelines and tips.
- partial backup
A backup that contains some of the tables in a MySQL database, or some of the databases in a MySQL instance. Contrast with full backup. Related mysqlbackup options are
- partial restore
A restore operation that applies to one or more tables or databases, but not the entire contents of a MySQL server. The data being restored could come from either a partial backup or a full backup. Related mysqlbackup options are
- physical backup
A backup that copies the actual data files. For example, the MySQL Enterprise Backup command produces a physical backup, because its output contains data files that can be used directly by the
mysqldserver. Contrast with logical backup.
- point in time
The time corresponding to the end of a backup operation. A prepared backup includes all the changes that occurred while the backup operation was running. Restoring the backup brings the data back to the state at the moment when the backup operation completed.
- prepared backup
- progress table
- raw backup
The initial set of backup data, not yet ready to be restored because it does not incorporate changes that occurred while the backup was running. The apply operation transforms the backup files into a prepared backup that is ready to be restored.
- redo log
A set of files, typically named
ib_logfile1, that record statements that attempt to change data in InnoDB tables. These statements are replayed automatically to correct data written by incomplete transactions, on startup following a crash. The passage of data through the redo logs is represented by the ever-increasing LSN value. The 4GB limit on maximum size for the redo log is raised in MySQL 5.6.
See Also LSN.
- regular expression
Some MySQL Enterprise Backup features use POSIX-style regular expressions, for example to specify tables, databases, or both to include or exclude from a partial backup. Regular expressions require escaping for dots in filenames, because the dot is the single-character wildcard; no escaping is needed for forward slashes in path names. When specifying regular expressions on the command line, surround them with quotation marks as appropriate for the shell environment, to prevent expansion of characters such as asterisks by the shell wildcard mechanism.
- relay log
A record on a replica server for the events read from the binary log of the source server and written by the replication I/O thread. The relay log, like the binary log, consists of a set of numbered files containing events that describe database changes, and an index file that contains the names of all used relay log files. For more information on relay log, see The Relay Log. The relay log on a server is backed up by default.
In a replication configuration, a database server that receives updates from a source server. Typically used to service user queries, to minimize the query load on the source server. With MySQL Enterprise Backup, you might take a backup on one server, and restore on a different system to create a new replica server with the data already in place. You might also back up data from a replica server rather than the source, to minimize any slowdown of the overall system.
A common configuration for MySQL deployments, with data and DML operations from a source server synchronized with a set of replica servers. With MySQL Enterprise Backup, you might take a backup on one server, and restore on a different system to create a new replica server with the data already in place. You might also back up data from a replica server rather than the source, to minimize any slowdown of the overall system.
- row format
The disk storage format for a row from an InnoDB table. As InnoDB gains new capabilities such as compression, new row formats are introduced to support the resulting improvements in storage efficiency and performance.
Each table has its own row format, specified through the
ROW_FORMAToption. To see the row format for each InnoDB table, issue the command
SHOW TABLE STATUS. Because all the tables in the system tablespace share the same row format, to take advantage of other row formats typically requires setting the
innodb_file_per_tableoption, so that each table is stored in a separate tablespace.
- .sdi file
A file containing the metadata (referred to as Serialized Dictionary Information (SDI)) of a MyISAM table.
See Also system backup to tape.
- selective backup
- selective restore
A MySQL instance controlled by a
mysqlddaemon. A physical machine can host multiple MySQL servers, each requiring its own backup operations and schedule. Some backup operations communicate with the server through a connection.
- server repository
- single-file backup
In a replication configuration, a database server that sends updates to a set of replica servers. It typically dedicates most of its resources to write operations, leaving user queries to the replicas. With MySQL Enterprise Backup, typically you perform backups on the replica servers rather than the source, to minimize any slowdown of the overall system.
A backup technique that transfers the data immediately to another server, rather than saving a local copy. Uses mechanisms such as Unix pipes. Requires a single-file backup, with the destination file specified as
See Also single-file backup.
An optional stage within the backup where the MySQL Enterprise Backup processing stops, to allow for user-specific operations to be run. The mysqlbackup command has options that let you specify commands to be run while the backup is suspended.
- system backup to tape
- system tablespace
Turning on the innodb_file_per_table option causes each newly created table to be stored in its own tablespace, reducing the size of, and dependencies on, the system tablespace.
Keeping all table data in the system tablespace has implications for the MySQL Enterprise Backup product (backing up one large file rather than several smaller files), and prevents you from using certain InnoDB features that require the newer Barracuda file format. on the
- .TRG file
Although a table is a distinct, addressable object in the context of SQL, for backup purposes we are often concerned with whether the table is part of the system tablespace, or was created under the file-per-table setting and so resides in its own tablespace.
- Table-Level Recovery (TLR)
Table-Level Recovery (TLR) is a selective restore of tables or schemas from a backup; see Section 5.1.4, “Table-Level Recovery (TLR)” for details.
See Also partial restore.
For InnoDB tables, the file that holds the data and indexes for a table. Can be either the system tablespace containing multiple tables, or a table created with the file-per-table setting that resides in its own tablespace file.
- transportable tablespace
A feature that allows a tablespace to be moved from one instance to another. Traditionally, this has not been possible for InnoDB tablespaces because all table data was part of the system tablespace. In MySQL 5.6 and higher, the
FLUSH TABLES ... FOR EXPORTsyntax prepares an InnoDB table for copying to another server; running
ALTER TABLE ... DISCARD TABLESPACEand
ALTER TABLE ... IMPORT TABLESPACEon the other server brings the copied data file into the other instance. A separate
.cfgfile, copied along with the .ibd file, is used to update the table metadata (for example the space ID) as the tablespace is imported. See Importing InnoDB Tables for usage information.
--use-ttsoption to create a backup with transportable tablespace. See also Section 5.1.5, “Restoring Backups Created with the
See Also partial backup.
- TTS backup