Unable to import new site - sql problem with timezone?

Issue Summary

I am trying add a site to local, but the import fails. I wondered if anyone could suggest a simple fix for this.

Looking in the log file it seems to suggest there is a problem with the Timezone.

The log file says

{“thread”:“main”,“class”:“ImporterGeneric”,“stack”:“Error: ERROR 1298 (HY000) at line 18: Unknown or incorrect time zone: ‘Europe/London’\n at %%appPath%%/main/_helpers/importSQLFile.js:1:2554\n at Generator.next ()\n at a (%%appPath%%/main/_helpers/importSQLFile.js:1:742)\n at runMicrotasks ()\n at processTicksAndRejections (internal/process/task_queues.js:93:5)”,“level”:“error”,“message”:“Unable to import /Users/Patrick/Local Sites/2022-03-04-09-17-44-5b3fqo2e01/app/sql/fertilis_wp459.sql”,“timestamp”:“2022-03-04T09:57:37.034Z”}

Line 18 which it is referring to in the sql file is
/*!40103 SET TIME_ZONE=‘Europe/London’ */;

Troubleshooting Questions

  • Does this happen for all sites in Local, or just one in particular?
    This just seems to be happening with this site

  • Are you able to create a new, plain WordPress site in Local and access it in a Browser?
    Yes, I can create a new site and access it with a browser. I can also access existing sites.


Describe the steps that others can take to replicate this issue. If you have screenshots that can help clarify what is happening, please include them!

I use backwpup to create a back up of a site (hosted on siteground).
Download the backup
Drag and drop it onto local
stick with the suggested settings
Enter my mac system password when required to
The import fails, then I have toenter my system password again

System Details

  • Which version of Local is being used?
    Local 6.3.0+5756

  • What Operating System (OS) and OS version is being used?
    MacOS 12.2.1 (21D62)

  • Attach the Local Log. See this Help Doc for instructions on how to do so:

local-lightning.log (2.9 KB)

Thanks for any suggestions


Hi @Patch,

This is interesting, I haven’t seen that error before - it looks similar though to this StackOverflow post I found: Changing the connection timezone in MySQL - Stack Overflow

I wonder if running that command prior to exporting and then importing to Local will resolve the issue? It seems the files are missing that define the timezone.


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