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restore mysql server question

Hello,
  I have a database already created. Now, I would like to restore a backup copy. Does the commands MySQL -<id> -p <database> < backup.sql delete the existing database and then create a new one or do I have to do the following

1: delete the existing DB
2: Create the database
2: restore the backup

Thanks for your help
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Kevin CrossChief Technology OfficerCommented:
Whenever I have done this, the database (schema) remains because the first line of the backup SQL file usually is as follows.
CREATE DATABASE  IF NOT EXISTS `db_name`;
USE `db_name`;

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If you want to create a new database, you can change the top two lines of the code.  If I remember correctly, you can remove them and in the Workbench the new schema option will work.  Otherwise, it ignores that because of the USE schema name statement.
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SiemensSENAuthor Commented:
Thanks
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SurranoSystem EngineerCommented:
It depends on your database dump file. E.g. using mysqldump, it is possible to request a "drop database" in the dump, using --add-drop-database
So have a look at the beginning of your backup.sql and if you can see something like "drop database ..." then you don't have to explicitly drop it.

As for creation, there's a similar option --no-create-db; unless invoked this way the "create database" will be present in the dump. Look for it.
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