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When performing drush sql-dump, should I set the site in maintenance mode or will this command makes sure a coherent dump will be generated even if users are busy using Drupal? I can't find confirmation in the documentation.

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According to Moshe's answer in advantages of drush bam vs. drush sql-dump / drush sql-connect, the answer is no. drush sql-dump does the right thing and will result in a consistent backup.

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    This is correct. sql-dump calls through to mysqldump or pg_dump, which are guaranteed to be atomic operations. – greg_1_anderson Feb 17 '12 at 19:16
  • many thx for the answer. Well i am convinced! You point me into the right direction. – zero Feb 17 '12 at 22:42

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