I like to use a copy of the production data when I'm testing out new features I'm building on my development version of the site. I just find that having real data leads to less unexpected issues. Here is a script I wrote to download that data from the production machine and copy it to my development machine. It also backups a copy of the database on production and keeps a copy of the db you're replacing on dev.
#! /bin/bash d=$(date +%Y%m%d%H%M%S) ssh email@example.com "mysqldump -u root -p'1234' database | gzip -c | cat > ~/db_backups/database_$d.sql.gz" echo "production/database backed up" scp firstname.lastname@example.org:~/db_backups/database_$d.sql.gz . ssh email@example.com "mysqldump -u root -p'1234' database > ~/database_last_overwrite.sql" echo "dev/database was backed up to ~/database_last_overwrite.sql" gzip -d database_$d.sql.gz cat database_$d.sql | ssh firstname.lastname@example.org "mysql -u root -p'1234' database" rm database_$d.sql echo "copied production/database to server.dev"
Both servers are running ubuntu. Executing from a macOS machine.