mysql is a simple SQL shell with input line editing capabilities. It supports interactive and noninteractive use. When used interactively, query results are presented in an ASCII-table format. When used noninteractively (for example, as a filter), the result is presented in tab-separated format. The output format can be changed using command options.
If you have problems due to insufficient memory for large result
sets, use the
--quick option. This
forces mysql to retrieve results from the
server a row at a time rather than retrieving the entire result
set and buffering it in memory before displaying it. This is
done by returning the result set using the
mysql_use_result() C API
function in the client/server library rather than
Using mysql is very easy. Invoke it from the prompt of your command interpreter as follows:
Then type an SQL statement, end it with
\G and press Enter.
As of MySQL 5.0.25, typing Control+C causes mysql to attempt to kill the current statement. If this cannot be done, or Control+C is typed again before the statement is killed, mysql exits. Previously, Control+C caused mysql to exit in all cases.
You can execute SQL statements in a script file (batch file) like this: