There are many different programs in a MySQL installation. This section provides a brief overview of them. Later sections provide a more detailed description of each one. Each program's description indicates its invocation syntax and the options that it supports.
Most MySQL distributions include all of these programs, except for those programs that are platform-specific. (For example, the server startup scripts are not used on Windows.) The exception is that RPM distributions are more specialized. There is one RPM for the server, another for client programs, and so forth. If you appear to be missing one or more programs, see Chapter 2, Installing and Upgrading MySQL, for information on types of distributions and what they contain. It may be that you have a distribution that does not include all programs and you need to install an additional package.
Each MySQL program takes many different options. Most programs
--help option that you can use to get a
description of the program's different options. For example, try
You can override default option values for MySQL programs by specifying options on the command line or in an option file. See Section 4.2, “Using MySQL Programs”, for general information on invoking programs and specifying program options.
The MySQL server, mysqld, is the main program that does most of the work in a MySQL installation. The server is accompanied by several related scripts that assist you in starting and stopping the server:
The SQL daemon (that is, the MySQL server). To use client programs, mysqld must be running, because clients gain access to databases by connecting to the server. See Section 4.3.1, “mysqld — The MySQL Server”.
A server startup script. mysqld_safe attempts to start mysqld. See Section 4.3.2, “mysqld_safe — MySQL Server Startup Script”.
A server startup script. This script is used on systems that use System V-style run directories containing scripts that start system services for particular run levels. It invokes mysqld_safe to start the MySQL server. See Section 4.3.3, “mysql.server — MySQL Server Startup Script”.
A server startup script that can start or stop multiple servers installed on the system. See Section 4.3.4, “mysqld_multi — Manage Multiple MySQL Servers”.
Several programs perform setup operations during MySQL installation or upgrading:
This program is used during the MySQL build/installation process. It compiles error message files from the error source files. See Section 4.4.1, “comp_err — Compile MySQL Error Message File”.
This program creates the MySQL database, initializes the grant
tables with default privileges, and sets up the
tablespace. It is usually executed only once, when
first installing MySQL on a system. See
Section 4.4.2, “mysql_install_db — Initialize MySQL Data Directory”,
Section 2.9.1, “Postinstallation Procedures for Unix-like Systems”, and
Section 4.4.2, “mysql_install_db — Initialize MySQL Data Directory”.
This program configures MySQL server plugins. See Section 4.4.3, “mysql_plugin — Configure MySQL Server Plugins”.
This program enables you to improve the security of your MySQL installation. SQL. See Section 4.4.4, “mysql_secure_installation — Improve MySQL Installation Security”.
This program loads the time zone tables in the
mysql database using the contents of the
host system zoneinfo database (the set
of files describing time zones). SQL. See
Section 4.4.5, “mysql_tzinfo_to_sql — Load the Time Zone Tables”.
This program is used after a MySQL upgrade operation. It checks tables for incompatibilities and repairs them if necessary, and updates the grant tables with any changes that have been made in newer versions of MySQL. See Section 4.4.6, “mysql_upgrade — Check and Upgrade MySQL Tables”.
MySQL client programs that connect to the MySQL server:
The command-line tool for interactively entering SQL statements or executing them from a file in batch mode. See Section 4.5.1, “mysql — The MySQL Command-Line Tool”.
A client that performs administrative operations, such as creating or dropping databases, reloading the grant tables, flushing tables to disk, and reopening log files. mysqladmin can also be used to retrieve version, process, and status information from the server. See Section 4.5.2, “mysqladmin — Client for Administering a MySQL Server”.
A table-maintenance client that checks, repairs, analyzes, and optimizes tables. See Section 4.5.3, “mysqlcheck — A Table Maintenance Program”.
A client that dumps a MySQL database into a file as SQL, text, or XML. See Section 4.5.4, “mysqldump — A Database Backup Program”.
A client that imports text files into their respective tables
INFILE. See Section 4.5.5, “mysqlimport — A Data Import Program”.
A client that displays information about databases, tables, columns, and indexes. See Section 4.5.6, “mysqlshow — Display Database, Table, and Column Information”.
A client that is designed to emulate client load for a MySQL server and report the timing of each stage. It works as if multiple clients are accessing the server. See Section 4.5.7, “mysqlslap — Load Emulation Client”.
MySQL administrative and utility programs:
InnoDB offline file checksum
utility. See Section 4.6.1, “innochecksum — Offline InnoDB File Checksum Utility”.
A utility that displays information about full-text indexes in
MyISAM tables. See
Section 4.6.2, “myisam_ftdump — Display Full-Text Index information”.
A utility to describe, check, optimize, and repair
MyISAM tables. See
Section 4.6.3, “myisamchk — MyISAM Table-Maintenance Utility”.
A utility that processes the contents of a
MyISAM log file. See
Section 4.6.4, “myisamlog — Display MyISAM Log File Contents”.
A utility that compresses
MyISAM tables to
produce smaller read-only tables. See
Section 4.6.5, “myisampack — Generate Compressed, Read-Only MyISAM Tables”.
A utility that enables you to store authentication credentials
in a secure, encrypted login file named
Section 4.6.6, “mysql_config_editor — MySQL Configuration Utility”.
A utility for reading statements from a binary log. The log of executed statements contained in the binary log files can be used to help recover from a crash. See Section 4.6.7, “mysqlbinlog — Utility for Processing Binary Log Files”.
A utility to read and summarize the contents of a slow query log. See Section 4.6.8, “mysqldumpslow — Summarize Slow Query Log Files”.
MySQL program-development utilities:
A shell script that produces the option values needed when compiling MySQL programs. See Section 4.7.1, “mysql_config — Display Options for Compiling Clients”.
A utility that shows which options are present in option groups of option files. See Section 4.7.2, “my_print_defaults — Display Options from Option Files”.
A utility program that resolves a numeric stack trace dump to symbols. See Section 4.7.3, “resolve_stack_dump — Resolve Numeric Stack Trace Dump to Symbols”.
A utility that displays the meaning of system or MySQL error codes. See Section 4.8.1, “perror — Explain Error Codes”.
A utility program that performs string replacement in the input text. See Section 4.8.2, “replace — A String-Replacement Utility”.
A utility program that resolves a host name to an IP address or vice versa. See Section 4.8.3, “resolveip — Resolve Host name to IP Address or Vice Versa”.
Oracle Corporation also provides the MySQL Workbench GUI tool, which is used to administer MySQL servers and databases, to create, execute, and evaluate queries, and to migrate schemas and data from other relational database management systems for use with MySQL. Additional GUI tools include MySQL Notifier and MySQL for Excel.
MySQL client programs that communicate with the server using the MySQL client/server library use the following environment variables.
|The default Unix socket file; used for connections to
|The default port number; used for TCP/IP connections|
|The default password|
|Debug trace options when debugging|
|The directory where temporary tables and files are created|
For a full list of environment variables used by MySQL programs, see Section 2.11, “Environment Variables”.
MYSQL_PWD is insecure. See
Section 188.8.131.52, “End-User Guidelines for Password Security”.