Errors while importing large Mysql file

On small droplet, i have to import 30mb, 100mb, 1gb, 9gb tens of sql files.

mysql -u user -p db < file.sql

Even in small file i got error “max_allowed_packet”. After updating max_allowed_packet to bigger, this time i got “lost connection to mysql server during query” error. And decided to resize a bigger (4gb ram) droplet. In new droplet i could import small to 1gb files. After a break, now again i get same error.


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Bobby Iliev
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May 4, 2022


It sounds like that the server is running out of RAM.

You could try adding a swap file as described here so that you could have some additional buffer:

Also, you could try tweaking your MySQL configuration for better performance and reliability as described here: