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I have a website build using Q2A engine

Since I have about 600 active users there, I'm trying to create a copy of it on a second server for test purposes only.

I've copied all the files and exported the website (about 28MB raw SQL / 8MB .gz file), but when I'm trying to import it on a new server I get the error:


MySQL returned error:  
#2006 - MySQL server has gone away

What could go wrong?

I've tried several methods: importing raw sql file, gz file, importing on clean database, import on top of installed fresh copy of q2a etc... always the same error.

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Thanks for updating with a solution - please add it below as an answer and check it when you can so the question can be considered closed. – dan Dec 15 '13 at 20:02
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OK I managed to get it work. I chopped the sql export and exported separately: the structure (1 file) and the data up to 5 tables at a time.

Importing the data on a new server in such pieces returned no error.

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First perform:

Mysqldump --all-databases > all.sql

Then do:

mysql < all.sql

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For complete DB backup, make sure that all store procedures and functions are exported with SQL dump or export.

Use the following command to backup and restore database routines.

Step 1:

mysqldump -u mysql_user   -p   --no-create-db --no-create-info --no-data --routines     
source_db_name  >  dump.sql

Step 2. Restore dump on target database:

mysql  -u  mysql_user -p user_password      
target_DB_name  < dump.sql
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