MySQL Enterprise Backup Team is pleased to announce redo log performance improvements during the backup operation starting with release 4.1.
As explained in Redo Logging in InnoDB, redo logs are written to the redo log files in a circular fashion. Unless the MySQL server is idle, it continues to generate redo logs. MySQL Enterprise Backup (MEB) copies the redo logs from the redo log files to the ibbackup_logfile during a backup operation. MEB copies the redo logs in order to ensure that it does not miss any transaction while the physical backup is being done. MEB continues to copy the redo logs until it reads all the files from the data directory. If the redo log records are written faster than they can be processed by MEB, the backup operation fails with the following error.