Installing Percona xtrabackup on CentOS 5.x

This covers the basic installation of the xtrabackup package on CentOS. This is necessary in order to take hot backups of a database using the InnoDB storage engine. By default, Mysql has no options to take a full hot backup of a live InnoDB database.

For more information,  please see Percona’s website located here: http://www.percona.com/doc/percona-xtrabackup/

0. Login as root

1. Get rpm from Percona
(check your server version before installing, there are specific RPM’s for 32-bit and 64-bit)
see here for rpm list: http://www.percona.com/downloads/percona-release/
cd /tmp
wget  http://www.percona.com/downloads/percona-release/percona-release-0.0-1.i386.rpm

2. Install rpm (32-bit on this test machine)
Rpm –Uvh percona-release-0.0-1.i386.rpm

3. Check repo for package
yum list | grep percona

4. Install xtrabackup
yum install xtrabackup –nogpgcheck
I still have testing to do on actual usage, so I’ll create a new post on tests of backups and restoring databases.

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