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Minimal privileges required for a MySQL backup user

Stanislav KhromovStanislav Khromov

It’s good security practice to have a separate “backup” user that only has global read privileges.

The minimum privileges required to accomplish this are:

After setting up your new user, you can run:

mysqldump --all-databases -u backup -p > sqldump.sql backup all your databases to the file sqldump.sql!

Check out my CentOS tutorial for information on how to set automatic database backup via CRON. (Step 15 in the guide.)

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