long story short I am restoring a failed server. I have a backup of most of the file system. I need to restore the SQL databases but I don't have a copy of the mysqldump. so I've restored the files to /var/lib/mysql. But when I try to view the tables the database is empty.
Can this be done? And what other steps do I need to take? at the very least can I mount this DB somewhere where I can read the data and recreate the pages and articles?