I am using Ubuntu 14.04. I want to import my database which is located on the server /var/www/backup.zip. Also I've SSH access using Putty. Noted that MySQL and phpMyadmin are installed on the server.

When I run this command

mysql -u root -p spy < /var/www/backup.zip

nothing happens. A newline shows which starts with ->.

What should I do now?

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I believe the format is:

mysql -u username -p database_name < /path/to/file.sql

From within mysql:

mysql> use db_name;
mysql> source backup-file.sql;
  • well what's the difference between yours (mysql -u username -p database_name < /path/to/file.sql) and mine (mysql -u root -p spy < /var/www/backup.zip)? – stack Aug 23 '17 at 6:04
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    @stack that George intends that command to be run in the shell, and not inside mysql. (That's why the rest of the answer is headed by "from within mysql".) – muru Aug 23 '17 at 6:08
  • @muru Ah I see. thank you guys. (btw I think you could say so 30min ago :)) – stack Aug 23 '17 at 6:11
  • in ubuntu you should add ./mysql to access file within xampp's bin folder otherwise it will search for global – Rj_Innocent_Coder Dec 5 '18 at 6:50

The main problem is that you're trying to run a bash command from within mysql. If you run that command at the regular terminal prompt the format of the command is correct.

The second issue is that you have a zip file and not a SQL file so you need to unzip it first.

How do I load a sql.gz file to my database? (on Server Fault) explains most of what you need. My answer there should work here too with a slight modification:

unzip -p /var/www/backup.zip | mysql -u root -p mydb

unzip -p unzips to a pipe, so that you can pipe that into your database command. Make sure the zip file only contains one sql file.

mysql -u root -p mydb is going to prompt you for a password (the -p without a value) and then attempt to pipe in the file data to mydb - change the mydb to your own database. You shouldn't specify the password in the command line as it then remains in your command history.

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