MYSQLIMPORT(1)               MySQL Database System              MYSQLIMPORT(1)


       mysqlimport - a data import program


       mysqlimport [options] db_name textfile1 ...


       The mysqlimport client provides a command-line interface to the LOAD
       DATA INFILE SQL statement. Most options to mysqlimport correspond
       directly to clauses of LOAD DATA INFILE. See Section 2.5, “LOAD DATA
       INFILE Syntax”.

       Invoke mysqlimport like this:

       shell> mysqlimport [options] db_name textfile1 [textfile2 ...]

       For each text file named on the command line, mysqlimport strips any
       extension from the filename and uses the result to determine the name
       of the table into which to import the file’s contents. For example,
       files named patient.txt, patient.text, and patient all would be
       imported into a table named patient.

       mysqlimport supports the following options:

       ·  --help, -?

          Display a help message and exit.

       ·  --columns=column_list, -c column_list

          This option takes a comma-separated list of column names as its
          value. The order of the column names indicates how to match up data
          file columns with table columns.

       ·  --compress, -C

          Compress all information sent between the client and the server if
          both support compression.

       ·  --debug[=debug_options], -# [debug_options]

          Write a debugging log. The debug_options string often is

       ·  --delete, -D

          Empty the table before importing the text file.

       ·  --fields-terminated-by=..., --fields-enclosed-by=...,
          --fields-optionally-enclosed-by=..., --fields-escaped-by=...,

          These options have the same meaning as the corresponding clauses for
          LOAD DATA INFILE. See Section 2.5, “LOAD DATA INFILE Syntax”.

       ·  --force, -f

          Ignore errors. For example, if a table for a text file does not
          exist, continue processing any remaining files. Without --force,
          mysqlimport exits if a table does not exist.

       ·  --host=host_name, -h host_name

          Import data to the MySQL server on the given host. The default host
          is localhost.

       ·  --ignore, -i

          See the description for the --replace option.

       ·  --ignore-lines=n

          Ignore the first n lines of the data file.

       ·  --local, -L

          Read input files locally from the client host.

       ·  --lock-tables, -l

          Lock all tables for writing before processing any text files. This
          ensures that all tables are synchronized on the server.

       ·  --password[=password], -p[password]

          The password to use when connecting to the server. If you use the
          short option form (-p), you cannot have a space between the option
          and the password. If you omit the password value following the
          --password or -p option on the command line, you are prompted for

       ·  --port=port_num, -P port_num

          The TCP/IP port number to use for the connection.

       ·  --protocol={TCP | SOCKET | PIPE | MEMORY}

          The connection protocol to use. Added in MySQL 4.1.

       ·  --replace, -r

          The --replace and --ignore options control handling of input records
          that duplicate existing records on unique key values. If you specify
          --replace, new rows replace existing rows that have the same unique
          key value. If you specify --ignore, input rows that duplicate an
          existing row on a unique key value are skipped. If you do not
          specify either option, an error occurs when a duplicate key value is
          found, and the rest of the text file is ignored.

       ·  --silent, -s

          Silent mode. Produce output only when errors occur.

       ·  --socket=path, -S path

          The socket file to use when connecting to localhost (which is the
          default host).

       ·  --user=user_name, -u user_name

          The MySQL username to use when connecting to the server.

       ·  --verbose, -v

          Verbose mode. Print out more information what the program does.

       ·  --version, -V

          Display version information and exit.

       Here is a sample session that demonstrates use of mysqlimport:

       shell> mysql -e CREATE TABLE imptest(id INT, n VARCHAR(30)) test
       shell> ed
       100     Max Sydow
       101     Count Dracula
       w imptest.txt
       shell> od -c imptest.txt
       0000000   1   0   0  \t   M   a   x       S   y   d   o   w  \n   1   0
       0000020   1  \t   C   o   u   n   t       D   r   a   c   u   l   a  \n
       shell> mysqlimport --local test imptest.txt
       test.imptest: Records: 2  Deleted: 0  Skipped: 0  Warnings: 0
       shell> mysql -e SELECT * FROM imptest test
       | id   | n             |
       |  100 | Max Sydow     |
       |  101 | Count Dracula |


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MySQL 4.1                         11/30/2005                    MYSQLIMPORT(1)

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