You can get a SQL dump of the database to save as a backup on your local computer using this function. This can be used to move an installation of Bumblebee from one MySQL installation to another or simply as a backup before making major changes to the instrument configuration.

At present, this function uses the mysqldump command with PHP's system() function. If you are running Bumblebee on a Windows machine, if mysqldump is not installed or not in the $PATH, or if your PHP setup prevents execution of local commands using system(), then this feature of Bumblebee will not work.

Anyone willing to help the developers remove this use of the system() function is quite welcome to contribute to Bumblebee.

Last edited: Thursday August 18, 2005

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