Mysqldump Error 29

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If you try to backup a MySQL database with a lot of tables using mysqldump, you may get an error similar to the following:

mysqldump: Got error: 29: File './test/test.MYD' not found (Errcode: 24) when using LOCK TABLES

To fix the problem you can add the –skip-lock-tables option to your mysqldump command line like so:

mysqldump --skip-lock-tables -u root -p db_foo > db_foo_backup_13FEB09.sql

Or you can permanently fix the problem by increasing the number of open files allowed by your MySQL service by specifying a sufficiently large value for the open_files_limit setting in your MySQL server configuration file. The open_files_limit needs to be placed under the [mysqld] section of the MySQL server configuration file. On CentOS 5 the default location of the MySQL service configuration file is /etc/my.cnf. Try specifying a value of 8192 like so:

open_files_limit = 8192

After you make the change to the MySQL server configuration file you’ll need to restart the MySQL service to put the changes into effect. On CentOS 5 you can restart the MySQL service with the following command:

service mysqld restart

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