Mysql ERROR: ASCII ” while importing sql file on linux server

I am getting following error while importing sql file

ERROR: ASCII '' appeared in the statement, but this is not allowed unless option --binary-mode is enabled and mysql is run in non-interactive mode. 
Set --binary-mode to 1 if ASCII '' is expected. Query: ''.

How do I fix this?


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Method 1

Try something like :

mysql -u root -p -h localhost -D database --binary-mode -o < dump.sql

and make sure your sql file is not zipped.

Method 2

I encountered this problem,the sql file was in a valid ISCII format, I solved as the following:

1- in shell use file command to detect type of data contained in the dump file:

file db.sql

got output like following:

db.sql: Little-endian UTF-16 Unicode text, with very long lines, with CRLF line terminators

2- convert the existing dump file to UTF8 (ASCII) using iconv:

iconv -f utf-16 -t utf-8 db.sql > db_utf8.sql

then import the new file.

Method 3

I just had this issue because the file was gzipped. I unzipped it and had no further issue.

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