Support » Plugin: WordPress Backup to Dropbox » Illegal Characters in SQL backup file

  • Resolved Parakoos


    I’ve been having issues with the core sql backup file created with your plugin lately. When I try to open it in TextPad (or any other text editor, but the error text below is from TextPad) I get the following error:

    WARNING: “themodernnomad-backup-core.sql” contains characters that do not exist in code page 1252 (ANSI – Latin I). They will be converted to the system default character, if you click OK.

    The file is also useless for doing an import into PHPMyAdmin, both before and/or after doing the TextPad conversion.

    In short, the backup SQL file is useless for actually doing a backup.

    Any idea what this might be?

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  • Plugin Contributor Michael De Wildt


    Gday mate,

    The WordPress database uses the UTF-8 character set and it looks like your TextPad only supports ANSI – Latin 1.

    Converting UTF-8 characters to ANSI is a bad idea, so I would avoid opening it up in TextPad and use something else.

    More info can be found here =>

    If you have attempted to open it with TextPad, it’s highly likely that it has been corrupted and might be why it’s not working in phpMyAdmin.

    How are you doing the import?


    Well there we go, TextPad, which I’ve always thought was the bee’s knees when it comes to text editors, turns out to be a pile of …

    Yep, I switched to NotePad++, and I could open the file just fine. The I edited the ‘use database’ statement to point at a test DB and imported the file. Worked a charm!

    Thanks! And sorry I ever doubted you. 😉

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