CLONE clone_action

clone_action: {
LOCAL DATA DIRECTORY [=] 'clone_dir';
| INSTANCE FROM 'user'@'host':port
IDENTIFIED BY 'password'
[DATA DIRECTORY [=] 'clone_dir']

The CLONE statement is used to clone data locally or from a remote
MySQL server instance. To use CLONE syntax, the clone plugin must be
installed. See

CLONE LOCAL DATA DIRECTORY syntax clones data from the local MySQL data
directory to a directory on the same server or node where the MySQL
server instance runs. The 'clone_dir' directory is the full path of the
local directory that data is cloned to. An absolute path is required.
The specified directory must not exist, but the specified path must be
an existent path. The MySQL server requires the necessary write access
to create the specified directory. For more information, see

CLONE INSTANCE syntax clones data from a remote MySQL server instance
(the donor) and transfers it to the MySQL instance where the cloning
operation was initiated (the recipient).

o user is the clone user on the donor MySQL server instance.

o host is the hostname address of the donor MySQL server instance.
Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6) address format is not supported.
An alias to the IPv6 address can be used instead. An IPv4 address can
be used as is.

o port is the port number of the donor MySQL server instance. (The X
Protocol port specified by mysqlx_port is not supported. Connecting
to the donor MySQL server instance through MySQL Router is also not

o IDENTIFIED BY 'password' specifies the password of the clone user on
the donor MySQL server instance.

o DATA DIRECTORY [=] 'clone_dir' is an optional clause used to specify
a directory on the recipient for the data you are cloning. Use this
option if you do not want to remove existing data in the recipient
data directory. An absolute path is required, and the directory must
not exist. The MySQL server must have the necessary write access to
create the directory.

When the optional DATA DIRECTORY [=] 'clone_dir' clause is not used,
a cloning operation removes existing data in the recipient data
directory, replaces it with the cloned data, and automatically
restarts the server afterward.

o [REQUIRE [NO] SSL] explicitly specifies whether an encrypted
connection is to be used or not when transferring cloned data over
the network. An error is returned if the explicit specification
cannot be satisfied. If an SSL clause is not specified, clone
attempts to establish an encrypted connection by default, falling
back to an insecure connection if the secure connection attempt
fails. A secure connection is required when cloning encrypted data
regardless of whether this clause is specified. For more information,

For additional information about cloning data from a remote MySQL
server instance, see

URL: https://dev.mysql.com/doc/refman/8.0/en/clone.html