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tacomamama

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So, I have this huge website, which to date I have not backed up once.

Yikes!

I really need to do this, but when I try I get this error:

Incorrect path or mysqldump utility not executable.
Check $_DB_mysqldump_path definition in config.php.
Variable currently defined as: /usr/bin/mysqldump

OK, where exactly is this attempting to back up to, and do I need to install something there? Or change the path? There's a note in the config file that windows users should add .exe, is this trying to back up to my PC? In that case that should fix it, but I'm scared to tinker with it since I have no backup.

As you can see, I'm not kidding when I said I didn't have a clue.

And I'm scared that I'm jinxing myself here by even raising the subject, so hopefully someone can help.
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tacomamama

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I tried adding .exe, now I just get the same error, with the .exe on the end. Confused

I would dearly love to upgrade to a newer version but I really need to backup first. (I just need to backup anyway.)
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tacomamama

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Well, I found this thread:

http://www.geeklog.net/forum/viewtopic.php?showtopic=78241&mode=&show=5&page=2

and verified that the path is as it should be, (mysqldump is in usr/bin) so I am back to having no clue. Now I'm starting to panic, just slightly, that I might not be able to back this thing up.
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jmucchiello

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Slow down. Does your host provider give you a way to view your databases (such as phpmyadmin)? If so, you can always use that interface to backup your database.
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tacomamama

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I will suggest that to my husband, he's my host provider.

Thank you for responding, I'll see if I can manage a backup without the geeklog function. I've found two other people in the forum asking the same question recently and neither ever solved the problem, so it does seem to require some kind of work around.
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I will suggest that to my husband, he's my host provider.

Thank you for responding, I'll see if I can manage a backup without the geeklog function. I've found two other people in the forum asking the same question recently and neither ever solved the problem, so it does seem to require some kind of work around.



Even better. Nothing better than having a host provider do that for you, especially when he's your husband. Your in good hand now.

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tacomamama

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Wow, thank you, did you just write that?

So, should my database username and password be the same as the name I use to ftp into the server? Or if I change those things will I do horrible things to my database?

I'm very nervous about touching any of this, so I want to be sure I'm not going to hurt anything before I go making changes.
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Quote by: tacomamama

Wow, thank you, did you just write that?


No, that is part of our handy FAQ.


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So, should my database username and password be the same as the name I use to ftp into the server?


No. In fact, if your Geeklog site is up and running, the only thing that you may need to change is the path to your mysqldump executable. Or, if you say that the path is correct, then the permissions may be wrong. Which, I guess, your husband / hosting service should know more about.

bye, Dirk
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1000ideen

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If you are working with cpanel there are nice back up routines for your whole internet site including emails etc.
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