BUP MySQL backup using mysqldump without intermediary file

BUP is a nice git-based backup tool that is both free and easy to use and saves space by differential backups.

You can also use bup to backup a MySQL database using mysqldump directly instead of first dumping to a .sql file and then backing up the file.

This is possible by piping the mysqldump output directly into bup split:

mysqldump [...]| bup -d $BUP_DIR split -n mysqldump.sql

By using -n mysqldump.sql you are telling bup that the file created by the dumping should be named mysqldump.sql in the backup.

Full example:

export BUP_DIR=/var/lib/bup/mysql.bup
export MARIADB_ROOT_PASSWORD=piahaen9ehilei0Ieneirohthue4Iu

bup -d $BUP_DIR init
mysqldump -uroot -p${MARIADB_ROOT_PASSWORD} --all-databases | bup -d $BUP_DIR split -n mysqldump.sql


Posted by Uli Köhler in bup

Local redmine backup using bup (docker-compose compatible)

This script uses bupto backup your docker-compose based redmine installation to a local bup folder e.g. in /var/lib/bup/my-redmine.bup:

# Auto-determine the name from the directory name
# /opt/my-redmine => $NAME=my-redmine => /var/lib/bup/my-redmine.bup
export NAME=$(basename $(pwd))
export BUP_DIR=/var/lib/bup/$NAME.bup
bup_directory() {
        echo "BUPing $1"
        bup -d $BUP_DIR index $1 && bup save -9 --strip-path $(pwd) -n $1 $1
# Init
bup -d $BUP_DIR init
# Save MariaDB
source .env && docker-compose exec mariadb mysqldump -uroot -p${MARIADB_ROOT_PASSWORD} --all-databases | bup -d $BUP_DIR split -n $NAME-mariadb.sql
# Save directories
bup_directory redmine_data
bup_directory redmine_themes
# Backup self
bup_directory backup.sh
bup_directory docker-compose.yml
# OPTIONAL: Add par2 information
#   This is only recommended for backup on unreliable storage or for extremely critical backups
#   If you already have bitrot protection (like BTRFS with regular scrubbing), this might be overkill.
# Uncomment this line to enable:
# bup fsck -g

# OPTIONAL: Cleanup old backups
bup -d $BUP_DIR prune-older --keep-all-for 1m --keep-dailies-for 6m --keep-monthlies-for forever -9 --unsafe

It will backup:

  • MySQL data from inside redmine using mysqldump
  • The redmine_data folder
  • The redmine_themes folder
  • The backup script backup.sh itself
  • docker-compose.yml

Place it in the same folder where docker-compose.yml is located.

The script is compatible with our previous post How to create a systemd backup timer & service in 10 seconds

Posted by Uli Köhler in bup, Docker