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I'd like to execute a mysqldump command using exec() in PHP. However, I'm not able to get any status feedback from exec("mysqldump --user ..... etc. ). Is mysqldump available to me to execute from an exec command, and if so what path would I need to us

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2013-04-02 2:35 pm EST

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2013-04-02 2:53 pm EST
Hello Steve,

You can definitely use the exec command to do a mySQL dump. The syntax you want to use is:
/usr/bin/mysqldump -pPASSWORD -u DB_USERNAME DB_NAME > FILENAME.sql

The path /usr/binshould not be necessary, but is included for efficiency.

Best Regards,
Scott M

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HI Scott-- thanks for the syntax and quick response! I've stripped down the mysqldump syntax to just what you've shown. I've ended up with a 0kb file (this is what I had before and had assumed that the reason was that mysqldump wasn't available). Is there any way I can get debugging info back as to why the mysqldump is not working.... given that I probably do have access to the function? setting the output of the exec function to a variable indicates to either a null or empty response.
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2013-04-02 3:11 pm EST
ok-- found out that I can add a --log-error='backups/errors.txt' to the parameters. I had a credentials issue plus I had tried to use an option I had found searching online that actually wasn't supported in the command. Thanks for letting me know that the command should work.
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2013-04-02 5:45 pm EST
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