I fully agree with Morgan’s An argument for not using mysqldump. This post does not come to contradict it, but rather shed a positive light on mysqldump.
I usually prefer an LVM snapshot based backup, or using XtraBackup. And, with databases as large as dozens of GB and above, I consider mysqldump to be a poor alternative. Poor in runtime, poor in overhead while taking the backup.
However once in a while I get to be reminded that mysqldump just works.
As a recent example, I had a …[Read more...]