i made some progress with this, i see now i don’t need to connect to a mysql server i do need to connect to the file server. i entered this changeing all the following info:
username password yourMySQLHostname dbname
the file in my root directory is output.sql now when i enter the command should i change output to the name of my database? or should i just leave it, does it matter?
If i manually rename a .sql file does it still work?
mysqldump --opt --user=username --password=password --host=yourMySQLHostname dbname > output.sql