You many need to export a data base table that is larger than phpMyAdmin’s maximum allowed size (in the export table tab). An easy way to do this by using the terminal.
I have provided a simple example below for MAMP users like me. This information is based on a blog post I found on how to export mysql data to a csv file I hope this makes someone’s day a little easier.
/Applications/MAMP/Library/bin/mysql -u username -ppassword NameOfDatabase -B -e "SELECT * FROM tablename;" > '/path/to/file.csv'
The above code creates a TAB delimited file. You may want to use grep to convert the tabs to ;(semi colons).
I use semi-colons because there are often commas within the actual data.
Remember that in whatever text editor you are using to make sure it is using UNIX line returns.