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mysqldump: Got packet bigger than ‘max_allowed_packet’ bytes

When you dump table data from MySQL, you may end up pulling a large chunk of data and it may exceed the MySQL client’s max_allowed_packet variable. If that happens, you might catch an error like this:

mysqldump: Error 2020: Got packet bigger than 'max_allowed_packet' bytes when dumping table `tablename` at row: 1627

The default max_allowed_packet size is 25M, and you can adjust it for good within your my.cnf by setting the variable in a section for mysqldump:

max_allowed_packet = 500M