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Work with binary logs

The xtrabackup binary integrates with the log_status table. This integration enables xtrabackup to print out the backup’s corresponding binary log position, so that you can use this binary log position to provision a new replica or perform point-in-time recovery.

Find the binary log position

You can find the binary log position corresponding to a backup after the backup has been taken. If your backup is from a server with binary logging enabled, xtrabackup creates a file named xtrabackup_binlog_info in the target directory. This file contains the binary log file name and position of the exact point when the backup was taken.

Expected output during the backup stage
210715 14:14:59 Backup created in directory '/backup/'
MySQL binlog position: filename 'binlog.000002', position '156'
. . .
210715 14:15:00 completed OK!

Point-in-time recovery

To perform a point-in-time recovery from an xtrabackup backup, you should prepare and restore the backup, and then replay binary logs from the point shown in the xtrabackup_binlog_info file.

Find a more detailed procedure in the Point-in-time recovery document.

Set up a new replication replica

To set up a new replica, you should prepare the backup, and restore it to the data directory of your new replication replica. In the CHANGE_REPLICATION_SOURCE_TO with the appropriate options command, use the binary log filename and position shown in the xtrabackup_binlog_info file to start replication.

A more detailed procedure is found in How to setup a replica for replication in 6 simple steps with Percona XtraBackup.

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Last update: 2024-06-12