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I want to automatize the backup of my databases and files with cron. Should I add the following lines to crontab ?

mysqldump -u root -pPASSWORD database_name | gzip > /home/backup/database_`date +\%m-\%d-\%Y`.sql.gz

svn commit -m "Committing the working copy containing the database dump"

1) First of all, is this a good approach?
2) It is not clear how to specify the repository and the working copy with svn.
3) How can I run svn only when the mysqldump is done and not before ? Avoiding conflicts

Any other tip ? thanks

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If you are using a public svn server please consider encrypting the backups with GPG before committing. – João Pinto Jan 3 '11 at 12:04
@João Pinto Thanks for tip. It is a private one.. – Patrick Jan 3 '11 at 12:13
Is there a good reason for you to use svn to store the backups ? I don't see any benefit from using a revision control system to manage a single binary file. – João Pinto Jan 3 '11 at 12:26
MySQL dumps are not binary, but a text file with all the SQL statements (CREATE TABLE, INSERT, etc...) needed to recreate the database. – Javier Rivera Jan 3 '11 at 12:29
@João Pinto I'm using SVN to make backup of several folders and I need somehow to include the database as well. So I'm making a dump and committing it as file. – Patrick Jan 3 '11 at 12:31
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1) The mysql dump for backup itself is the usual approach, I don't see any benefit from using svn to store the backups

2) Better move this to it's own question (svn related)

3) By doing the commands in sequence in a script you are already enforcing that, the svn commit is only executed after the mysqldump | gzip finishes .

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