Unable to import database from another managed database

Posted February 12, 2020 2.6k views
DigitalOcean Managed MySQL Database


I’m trying to set up a staging Managed Database

So far I have Exported all my databases from the production Managed DB to an SQL file using mysqldump but when I try to import to the staging I stumble upon an error saying I need at least one super-user privileges (I Have used the default user doadmin) I even tried including the cert that was given to me but it didn’t help at all

Now I understand that DO won’t grant super-user access but It just doesn’t make sense why I can’t do this process

do I need to Include some special flag during export to overcome this issue?

 mysql -u doadmin -p   -h Staging-DB -P 25060 newDatabase < exportedDatabase.sql
Access denied; you need (at least one of) the SUPER, SYSTEM_VARIABLES_ADMIN or SESSION_VARIABLES_ADMIN privilege(s) for this operation

And here’s the export command I executed

mysqldump -u doadmin -p -h Prod-DB -P 25060 database > database.sql


These answers are provided by our Community. If you find them useful, show some love by clicking the heart. If you run into issues leave a comment, or add your own answer to help others.

Submit an Answer
1 answer

Hi there @omercohen,

I believe that right before the Access denied; statement, you should have an Error Number followed by the exact line in the .sql file which is causing this error. Usually, it should look something like this:

ERROR 1227 (42000) at line 123: Access denied; ...

What you could do is open the .sql file on that line and remove the SET @@SESSION. or the SET @@GLOBAL. statements or comment them out with --. Then you should be able to run the import as normal.

Feel free to share the exact line from the .sql dump which is causing the problem here and I could try to advise you further.


  • Hey,

    that seemed to be the issue I found two of the lines you mentioned however there seems to be more of them and the file is quite large so I am unable to edit the file via terminal

    Oh well I guess il use another editor that is capable to load a massive amount of text hehe

    Many thanks for your help!