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MySQL backups - is a dump required for backup software to pick up the database data?

Last Modified: 2012-05-12
We have MySQL newly installed on a server (CentOS) at my workplace.  There is a backup that is setup to run to pickup any files that are new or have changed anywhere on the server (IBM Tivoli Storage Manager).  My question is this:  Will TSM be able to backup all the MySQL databases just as they are?  Or will they not get picked up on backup (are they considered "in use" and not accessible to grab a backup copy of)?  I wasn't clear if we really need to be doing a data dump to disk first, then have the backup pick that dump up, or if it will already be grabbing a complete copy of the databases already.
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