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Executing SQL statements from a text file

Wednesday, January 27, 2010 | 0 comments

Today I was working on a Python project for a customer, and had to add some additional tables to an existing MySQL database. I normally add the SQL statements to a text file, using the extension 'sql' and feed this file to the mysql client program as follows:

mysql -uroot -p < file.sql

Note that since I always add a USE db_name to such text files there is for me no need to specify the database in the above command.

But since I had already a terminal open running the mysql client program interactively I was wondering if there was an easy way to execute the text file from the mysql prompt. And after a Google search I found the answer; there is a source command, that can be "abbreviated" to \.:

mysql> source file.sql

or using the short version of the command:

mysql> \. file.sql

Not related, but another result in Google taught me how to change the mysql prompt.


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