Simple backup script for remotely backing up databases

This backup script is actually a small modification of another backup script available in Google. I am not able to get that URL to mark/link reference. Only modification I added is a four liner to remove a week old backup automatically. You may also see as well. Indenting in python is lost, will fix tomorrow :)

[code lang=”python”]

#!/usr/bin/env python
import ConfigParser
import os
import time

# Variable Definition
username = ‘cpdbbackups’
password = ‘p@ssw0Rd’
hostname = ‘
backupfolder = ‘/home/dbbackups/servername’

filestamp = time.strftime(‘%Y-%m-%d-%H’)
deletetime = time.time() – 7 * 86400

# Delete old files

for backup_file in os.listdir (backupfolder):
full_file_path = os.path.join(backupfolder, backup_file)
if os.path.getmtime(full_file_path) < deletetime:

# Get a list of databases with :
database_list_command="mysql -u%s -p%s -h %s –silent -N -e ‘show databases’" % (username, password, hostname)
for database in os.popen(database_list_command).readlines():
database = database.strip()

if database == ‘information_schema':
filename = "%s/%s-%s.sql" % (backupfolder, database, filestamp)
os.popen("mysqldump -u%s -p%s -h %s -e –opt -c %s | gzip -c > %s.gz" % (username, password, hostname, database, filename))


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