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.
Typing Control+C interrupts the current statement if there is one, or cancels any partial input line otherwise.
You can execute SQL statements in a script file (batch file) like this: