If you are facing an issue where exporting the database in phpMyAdmin gives you an HTML document error with the name "sql," it could be due to a few different reasons. Here are some common causes and potential solutions:

  1. Incorrect File Extension: Check if you have manually given the file extension as .html or .htm while exporting the database. When exporting in phpMyAdmin, the default file extension for SQL dumps should be .sql.

    Solution: Ensure that you select the "SQL" format while exporting the database and that the exported file has the correct extension.

  2. Incorrect Export Settings: It's possible that you have changed the export settings and set the output format to "HTML" instead of "SQL."

    Solution: When exporting the database, make sure you choose the correct export format as "SQL" to get a standard SQL dump file.

  3. Exporting as Template: If you are using phpMyAdmin themes/templates or have modified the export templates, it might affect the export format.

    Solution: Revert to the default phpMyAdmin theme/template or ensure that any custom templates you are using do not interfere with the export process.

  4. Server Configuration Issue: There might be a misconfiguration in the server or phpMyAdmin settings that is causing the export to be treated as an HTML document.

    Solution: Review your server and phpMyAdmin configurations to ensure they are correctly set up to handle database exports.

  5. Browser Add-ons/Extensions: Certain browser extensions or add-ons might interfere with the download process, causing the browser to interpret the export file as an HTML document.

    Solution: Try disabling browser extensions/add-ons temporarily and attempt the export again to see if the issue persists.

  6. phpMyAdmin Version: In some cases, certain versions of phpMyAdmin might have bugs or issues that cause incorrect export behavior.

    Solution: If you are using an older version of phpMyAdmin, consider updating to the latest stable version to see if the issue is resolved.

In general, exporting a database in phpMyAdmin should result in a .sql file that contains the SQL statements necessary to recreate the database's structure and data. If you are still facing issues after trying the solutions above, double-check your export settings and verify that your phpMyAdmin installation is up-to-date. Additionally, check the server error logs for any relevant information that might shed light on the problem.

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