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Exclude databases from backup

tahiriahtahiriah EntrantCurrent User Role Beginner

I added an exclude regexp option but it failed. here is the error:
# innobackupex --user=root --password=123456  --tmpdir=/tmp --use-memory=4G --include='^(?!.*?de).*' /tmp 

xtrabackup:   innodb_log_file_size = -4646917016675942400
xtrabackup: using O_DIRECT
xtrabackup: regcomp(^(?!.*?de).*) failed: Invalid preceding regular expression
innobackupex: Error: The xtrabackup child process has died at /tmp/innobackupex line 2579.

I wanted to exclude a database labeled "de"

How could I surround this issue?

Thanks in advance for your answers.


  • mirfanmirfan Database Administrator Inactive User Role Beginner
    I don't think --include option works to negate database/tables as this option works to include database/tables in backup. Other way around, you can use --tables-file option to list database tables in file which needs to backup.. Something like follows:
    $ mysql -e "SELECT CONCAT(table_schema,'.',table_name) FROM information_schema.tables WHERE table_schema IN ('db1',db2')" > db-tables.txt
    $ innobackupex --tables-file=db-tables.txt /backup-dir/
    This will backup only listed database tables in db-tables.txt file.
  • tahiriahtahiriah Entrant Current User Role Beginner
    Thanks mirfan for your reply.

    It's regrettable that xtrabackup doesn't accept negation in include, databases or tables options as it will be very useful and practical.
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