To make it easier to invoke MySQL programs, you can add the path
name of the MySQL
bin directory to your
PATH environment variable:
On the Windows desktop, right-click the My Computer icon, and select .
Next select thetab from the menu that appears, and click the button.
Under System Variables, select , and then click the button. The dialogue should appear.
Place your cursor at the end of the text appearing in the space marked Variable Value. (Use the End key to ensure that your cursor is positioned at the very end of the text in this space.) Then enter the complete path name of your MySQL
bindirectory (for example,
C:\Program Files\MySQL\MySQL Server 5.1\bin)Note
There must be a semicolon separating this path from any values present in this field.
Dismiss this dialogue, and each dialogue in turn, by clicking mysql client, and all MySQL command-line utilities such as mysqladmin and mysqldump.until all of the dialogues that were opened have been dismissed. You should now be able to invoke any MySQL executable program by typing its name at the DOS prompt from any directory on the system, without having to supply the path. This includes the servers, the
You should not add the MySQL
bindirectory to your Windows
PATHif you are running multiple MySQL servers on the same machine.
You must exercise great care when editing your system
PATH by hand; accidental deletion or
modification of any portion of the existing
PATH value can leave you with a
malfunctioning or even unusable system.