As of MySQL 4.1, MySQL Server supports a
HELP statement that returns online
information from the MySQL Reference manual (see
Section 12.7.3, “HELP Syntax”). The proper operation of this statement
requires that the help tables in the
database be initialized with help topic information, which is done
by processing the contents of the
If you install MySQL using a binary or source distribution on Unix, help table setup occurs when you run mysql_install_db. For an RPM distribution on Linux or binary distribution on Windows, help table setup occurs as part of the MySQL installation process.
If you upgrade MySQL using a binary distribution, the help tables
are not upgraded automatically, but you can upgrade them manually.
fill_help_tables.sql file in the
directory. Change location into that directory and process the
file with the mysql client as follows:
mysql -u root mysql < fill_help_tables.sql
You can also obtain the latest
fill_help_tables.sql at any time to upgrade
your help tables. Download the proper file for your version of
MySQL from http://dev.mysql.com/doc/index-other.html. After
downloading and uncompressing the file, process it with
mysql as described previously.
If you are working with Bazaar and a MySQL development source
tree, you will need to download the
fill_help_tables.sql file because the tree
contains only a “stub” version.