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MySQL Import of SQL file fails with error 1064

On a number of occasions I have attempted to import an exported MySQL database file and received the following message.

/* SQL Error (1064): You have an error in your SQL syntax; check the manual that corresponds to your MySQL server version for the right syntax to use near '?# -------------------------------------------------------- # Host:     ' at line 1 */
/* Error with snippets directory: The specified path was not found */

# --------------------------------------------------------
# Host:               
# Server version:               5.5.40 - MySQL Community Server (GPL)
# Server OS:                    Win32
# HeidiSQL version:   
# Date/time:                    2014-01-20 09:48:36
# --------------------------------------------------------

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