Restoring backup has no tables

I am trying to get xtrabackup working on a very old version of MySQL. This system is 5.1 (all InnoDB), yes the plan is to update it but it will be a month out. I am just trying to get better backups then the existing once a day mysqldump.

I have xtrabackup 2.0 installed, run the backup. Prepare the backup. Tar up transfer to s3. Unpack on instance that has MySQL 5.1 and xtrabackup 2.0.

After I ran the restore procedures in the 2.0 docs (using rsync). I start MySQL and the databases are there. But no tables. The data is there, if I grep for some keywords in the ibdata1.

Any suggestions ? I am rather baffled at this.

Doh! I figured it out. I missed the part of the docs that say to use innobackupex since xtrabackup does not copy the .frm files.

I got it working

Hi Jengo,

thx for your “resulution”.

I still have this problem in a scenario with percona mysql 5.5 and xtrabackup 2.2.10-1.lucid .

No frm files have been copied and I think that should be versions where innobackupex should haven been marked depcreated … but how to I get the xtrabackup with frm files then ?