Aside from the ASCII dumps, one can also take the database server out of production using the following commands. Be careful in using shutdown(), because there may be users running transactions. This can be seen using the sys.sessions table or the system monitor.
shell> mclient -d demo
select * from sys.sessions;
shell> monetdb stop demo
shell> monetdb lock demo
The "lock" step is necessary to prevent monetdbd from automatically restarting the database "demo" upon receiving another client connection request.
After the database has been securely stopped, we can create a copy of the database directory in the dbfarm and put it aside in a safe place. Alternatively, incremental file-system dumps can be used to reduce the time and storage space for a recovery point. Finally, the database is released for production again using:
shell>monetdb release <dbname>