Problem: If you use wordpress and edit often your posts a high count of old revisions are backuped inside the mysql database:
$mysql -u root -p [Enter root password]
at mysql command line select wordpress your database
mysql>use wordpressdb; [Enter] System echo=Database changed..
delete old backups of posts
mysql>DELETE FROM wp_posts WHERE post_type = "revision"; [Enter] System echo=..Entry affected time..
logout database and revisit pages, if you have made a database backup with mysqldump before and after cleanup you see how much size the database lost (du -h wordpress.sql)
often 80% of the size.