I am using the following to import database using a mysqldump export:

mysql -u root -p example_db < path/to/export.sql

I would like to import the database to a database with a different name to the one referenced in export.sql. Is there a way to do this other than manually editing the export.sql file?

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Use the option --no-create-db when you execute your mysqldump, this option avoid inserting CREATE DATABASE IF NOT EXISTS db_name; in dump file.


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    Thanks. Just for reference. I discovered that using --databases db_name in the mysqldump resulted in the USE db_name in the export. So the following is a guide to working dump with no USE nor CREATE: mysqldump -u root -p db_name --no-create-db > path/export.sql
    – xylar
    Commented Jun 17, 2013 at 13:12

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