Creating a MySQL Dump File From an External Database

I needed to export a MySQL database that was on a different server than the web server and was bound and determined to do it without going through the hassle of installing phpMyAdmin (port 3306 was blocked as well, so I couldn’t use any GUI tools either). The trick was adding the -h option. Here’s the command line that made some magic:

mysqldump -u username -p -h --compatible=mysql40 dbname > filetosave.sql

The --compatible command was added because the database server was running MySQL 4.1 and we needed the export for MySQL 4.0.

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