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Using RSYNC to Distribute a MySQL Database to a NetWare Server

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By Florian Deckert

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Posted: 29 Sep 2005


Replicating a dynamic web server (AMP) to a NetWare box using RSYNC


In a previous article, I described how to use RSYNC to distribute a static web server. Now I'll show you how to extend this to distribute a MySQL database. As always it's using the (yet) unsupported RSYNC.

One way would be to link the MySQL databases in master-slave mode. But I prefer distributing without changing the existing environment.

So, we're using the MySQL dump/restore commands.

On the linux box create a script dumping the database (use the crontab to schedule it) and setup RSYNC to publish this folder.
mysqldump -u USER -pPASSWORD mydb >/database/dump.sql

      path = /database
      comment = private dump of our database
      read only = yes
      host allows = myserver.remote.corp 

On the remote NetWare server you can start a RSYNC client:

rsync -arvz --delete myserver.central.corp::INTRANET VOL1:/database

Now we will use a Cool Solutions tool to handle cleaning up and reloading the replicated DB from the dump.

We're going to use stuffkey and the following files:

drop database if exists mydb;
create database mydb;

#| Clear the MySQLdump screen
<SCREEN=System Console>
mysql -u USER -pPASSWORD <\<>sys:/tmp/init.sql<cr>
<3000 pause>
<SCREEN=System Console>
mysql -u USER -pPASSWORD mydb <\<>VOL1:/database/dump.sql<cr>
<3000 pause>

And finally we can use Stuffkey (eg in crontab)

stuffkey sys:/tmp/

Now, with the replicated PHP files (check my previous article) and now the replicated MySQL database, we have an exact local copy of our dynamic web server.

And what is really cool, is that using this, we were able to replicate a Linux box running Apache 1.3 and MySQL 3.5 to NetWare boxes running Apache 2.0 and MySQL 4.0 :-)

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