I couldn't chroot to the broken ubuntu server, may i know how can i backup and restore the mysql server without mysqldump? Could it be copy the directory and replace to the new server?

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This is not guaranteed to work but you may try, and I suppose that mysql is not running.

You can copy everything from mysql data folder /var/lib/mysql (this is the default location, check yours) and put it in the new location/server, check config to see datadir location matches, restart services and see if it works.

The configs are under /etc/mysql.

And of course not to forget the file and directory permissions.

Here are two useful links.



  • If the OP tries this, very important that the SQL server isn't running!
    – ivanivan
    Jul 19, 2018 at 14:37
  • @ivanivan, yes you are right. I thought anyway the mysql or the server is not running and the op cant login. Otherwise mysqldump is the best option.
    – Diamond
    Jul 19, 2018 at 14:41

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