MySQL dump & import

For large databases we recommend dumping and importing trough the commandline


mysqldump --single-transaction --triggers --routines --events -y DBNAME > DBNAME.sql

OR with gzip (much smaller)

mysqldump --single-transaction --triggers --routines --events -y DBNAME | gzip -3 -v > DBNAME.gz


mysql DBNAME < DBNAME.sql


Potential errors

  • ERROR 1227 (42000) at line xxx: Access denied; you need (at least one of) the SUPER privilege(s) for this operation
  • SQLSTATE[42000]: Syntax error or access violation: 1142 TRIGGER command denied to user 'xxx'@'%' for table 'xxx', query was: ...
  • ERROR 1449 (HY000) at line xxx: The user specified as a definer ('xxx'@'%') does not exist, query was: ...
  • ERROR 1227 (42000) at line xxx: Access denied; you need (at least one of) the SUPER or SET_USER_ID privilege(s) for this operation

    This is most likely because your database has routines/views, make sure to strip the definer owner during export:
    mysqldump --routines --single-transaction --triggers --routines --events -y DBNAME | sed -e 's/DEFINER=[^*]*\*/\*/g' > DBNAME.sql
    mysqldump --single-transaction --triggers --routines --events -y DBNAME | sed -e 's/DEFINER=[^*]*\*/\*/g' | gzip -3 -v > DBNAME.gz
    Or if you have already a dump file, you can also remove it during import:
    cat DBNAME.sql | sed -e 's/DEFINER=[^*]*\*/\*/g' | mysql DBNAME
  • mysqldump: Error: 'Access denied; you need (at least one of) the PROCESS privilege(s) for this operation' when trying to dump tablespaces

    If you see this error, make sure to use the "-y" argument as in the above example when dumping MySQL database (This is the no-tablespaces option), your dump will still contain everything needed.
  • mysql: ERROR 1118 (42000) at line xxx: Row size too large (> 8126). Changing some columns to TEXT or BLOB or using ROW_FORMAT=DYNAMIC or ROW_FORMAT=COMPRESSED may help. In current row format, BLOB prefix of 768 bytes is stored inline.

    If you see this error, probably your data has grown too large to still be imported/exported with the ROW_FORMAT=COMPACT. You can import most likely by converting to ROW_FORMAT=DYNAMIC with the following command

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