Partial table recovery from physical backup

In previous topic, we have covered “Transportable Tablespace” concept by copying and importing table’s tablespace to remote server. See -> Copying Tablespaces to Remote Server The idea is copying tablespace file to remote server, in remote server you must create identical database names and table names manually, then you should discard new table’s tablespace file and import new copied one. To achieve this you must have running MySQL version >= 5.6, innodb_file_per_table=1 and you must know “CREATE statement” of table. Let’s to change our test condition. Assume that, you have MySQL server and you have taken physical backup of your server (you can use Percona XtraBackup, cold backup for eg.). But one of the wonderful day somebody deleted all table data (say -> delete from table_name). In fact your table at this moment exists(.frm and .ibd), you can easily discard table’s tablespace and import tablespace from backup folder. But if table is dropped and you don’t know the create of table. Or even database is dropped. Our path will differ from previous one: *1. Create dropped database manually. 2. Create dropped table by extracting table’s create statement from .frm file which is in backed up directory. To extract table create statement from .frm file you can use **mysqlfrm tool from MySQL Utilities. 3. Discard table’s tablespace (ALTER TABLE t DISCARD TABLESPACE;) 4. Copy .ibd file from backup directory to MySQL’s datadir database directory 5. Import copied back tablespace file.(ALTER TABLE t IMPORT TABLESPACE;)*** You can also read about this concept from documentation -> tablespace-copying I have automatized this process adding table create statement extracting functionality to MySQL-AutoXtraBackup project as –partial recovery option. Here is a demo usage video:

If you tested and found issues, please report it to improve this opensource project.

Author: Shahriyar Rzayev

Azerbaijan MySQL User Group and Python user group leader. QA Engineer, bug hunter by nature and true Pythonista

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