I use the following command to back up the XF database: Code: mysqldump -hlocalhost -uxf -ppasswordcensored xfdb | gzip -9 > /home/backup/databases/xfdb.`/bin/date +\%Y\%m\%d`.sql.gz; chown backup:backup /home/backup/databases/* Whenever it is run, the forum is inaccessible (loading) for like 20-30 seconds. Why does it lock the site? Can that be avoided? Or is it a good thing it locks the site? Is there a way to backup the database regularly while maintaining consistent data but not having the site being inaccessible for a little while? Maybe setting up MySQL slave, replicating master to it and then backing up the slave? Thanks for any thoughts.