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The --no-data option tells mysqldump not to dump table data, resulting in the dump file containing only statements to create the tables. Conversely, the --no-create-info option tells mysqldump to suppress CREATE statements from the output, so that the dump file contains only table data.

For example, to dump table definitions and data separately for the test database, use these commands:

shell> mysqldump --no-data test > dump-defs.sql
shell> mysqldump --no-create-info test > dump-data.sql

For a definition-only dump, add the --routines option to also include stored routine definitions:

shell> mysqldump --no-data --routines test > dump-defs.sql

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User Comments
  Posted by Todd Keup on February 23, 2011
It would be nice to be able to have only the DROP TABLE statements. I created a workaround using mysqldump and perl:

mysqldump -u username -p database --skip-opt --add-drop-table --skip-comments --no-data | perl -pe "s/^([^D]|drop\S)[^\n]*\n//ig" > test.sql
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