# Getting 'Communications link failure' CommunicationsException Error when Making XML Backup

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## Symptoms

Using MySQL, when making a manual XML backup, the database connection is timing out. The following appears in the atlassian-confluence.log:


com.mysql.jdbc.CommunicationsException: Communications link failure due to underlying exception


## Cause

According to the MySQL manual:

The number of seconds the server waits for activity on a non-interactive connection before closing it. This timeout applies only to TCP/IP and Unix socket file connections, not to connections made via named pipes, or shared memory.

On thread startup, the session wait_timeout value is initialized from the global wait_timeout value or from the global interactive_timeout value, depending on the type of client (as defined by the CLIENT_INTERACTIVE connect option to mysql_real_connect()). See also interactive_timeout.

## Resolution

This problem is resolved by adjusting the wait_timeout parameter to a higher value.

If problems persist after making the changes, switch to a different Production Backup Strategy.