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MySQL how to delete old binary logs


You should not just delete your MySQL old binary logs.

You need to let mysqld do that for you.

The file mysql-bin.[index] keeps a list of all binary logs mysqld has generated and auto-rotated. The mechanisms for cleaning out the binlogs in conjunction with mysql-bin.[index] are:


These will clear all binary logs before the binlog or timestamp you just specified.

For example, if you run

this will erase all binary logs before mysql-bin.000223.

If you run:

this will erase all binary logs before midnight 3 days ago.

If you want to have binlog rotated away automatically and keep 3 days woth, simply set this:

then add this to /etc/my.cnf

and mysqld will delete them logs for you.

This is pretty much it!


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