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       mysqlimport - a data import program


       mysqlimport [options] db_name textfile1 ...


       The mysqlimport client provides a command-line interface to the LOAD DATA INFILE SQL
       statement. Most options to mysqlimport correspond directly to clauses of LOAD DATA INFILE
       syntax. See Section 12.2.6, “LOAD DATA INFILE Syntax”.

       Invoke mysqlimport like this:

          shell> mysqlimport [options] db_name textfile1 [textfile2 ...]

       For each text file named on the command line, mysqlimport strips any extension from the
       file name and uses the result to determine the name of the table into which to import the
       file's contents. For example, files named patient.txt, patient.text, and patient all would
       be imported into a table named patient.

       mysqlimport supports the options in the following list. It also reads option files and
       supports the options for processing them described at Section, “Command-Line
       Options that Affect Option-File Handling”.

       ·  --help, -?

          Display a help message and exit.

       ·  --character-sets-dir=path

          The directory where character sets are installed. See Section 9.2, “The Character Set
          Used for Data and Sorting”.

       ·  --columns=column_list, -c column_list

          This option takes a comma-separated list of column names as its value. The order of the
          column names indicates how to match data file columns with table columns.

       ·  --compress, -C

          Compress all information sent between the client and the server if both support

       ·  --debug[=debug_options], -# [debug_options]

          Write a debugging log. A typical debug_options string is ´d:t:o,file_name'. The default
          is ´d:t:o'.

       ·  --debug-check

          Print some debugging information when the program exits.

       ·  --debug-info

          Print debugging information and memory and CPU usage statistics when the program exits.

       ·  --default-character-set=charset_name

          Use charset_name as the default character set. See Section 9.2, “The Character Set Used
          for Data and Sorting”.

       ·  --delete, -D

          Empty the table before importing the text file.

       ·  --fields-terminated-by=..., --fields-enclosed-by=...,
          --fields-optionally-enclosed-by=..., --fields-escaped-by=...

          These options have the same meaning as the corresponding clauses for LOAD DATA INFILE.
          See Section 12.2.6, “LOAD DATA INFILE Syntax”.

       ·  --force, -f

          Ignore errors. For example, if a table for a text file does not exist, continue
          processing any remaining files. Without --force, mysqlimport exits if a table does not

       ·  --host=host_name, -h host_name

          Import data to the MySQL server on the given host. The default host is localhost.

       ·  --ignore, -i

          See the description for the --replace option.

       ·  --ignore-lines=N

          Ignore the first N lines of the data file.

       ·  --lines-terminated-by=...

          This option has the same meaning as the corresponding clause for LOAD DATA INFILE. For
          example, to import Windows files that have lines terminated with carriage
          return/linefeed pairs, use --lines-terminated-by="\r\n". (You might have to double the
          backslashes, depending on the escaping conventions of your command interpreter.) See
          Section 12.2.6, “LOAD DATA INFILE Syntax”.

       ·  --local, -L

          Read input files locally from the client host.

       ·  --lock-tables, -l

          Lock all tables for writing before processing any text files. This ensures that all
          tables are synchronized on the server.

       ·  --low-priority

          Use LOW_PRIORITY when loading the table. This affects only storage engines that use
          only table-level locking (MyISAM, MEMORY, MERGE).

       ·  --password[=password], -p[password]

          The password to use when connecting to the server. If you use the short option form
          (-p), you cannot have a space between the option and the password. If you omit the
          password value following the --password or -p option on the command line, you are
          prompted for one.

          Specifying a password on the command line should be considered insecure. See
          Section, “End-User Guidelines for Password Security”.

       ·  --pipe, -W

          On Windows, connect to the server via a named pipe. This option applies only for
          connections to a local server, and only if the server supports named-pipe connections.

       ·  --port=port_num, -P port_num

          The TCP/IP port number to use for the connection.

       ·  --protocol={TCP|SOCKET|PIPE|MEMORY}

          The connection protocol to use for connecting to the server. It is useful when the
          other connection parameters normally would cause a protocol to be used other than the
          one you want. For details on the allowable values, see Section 4.2.2, “Connecting to
          the MySQL Server”.

       ·  --replace, -r

          The --replace and --ignore options control handling of input rows that duplicate
          existing rows on unique key values. If you specify --replace, new rows replace existing
          rows that have the same unique key value. If you specify --ignore, input rows that
          duplicate an existing row on a unique key value are skipped. If you do not specify
          either option, an error occurs when a duplicate key value is found, and the rest of the
          text file is ignored.

       ·  --silent, -s

          Silent mode. Produce output only when errors occur.

       ·  --socket=path, -S path

          For connections to localhost, the Unix socket file to use, or, on Windows, the name of
          the named pipe to use.

       ·  --ssl*

          Options that begin with --ssl specify whether to connect to the server via SSL and
          indicate where to find SSL keys and certificates. See Section, “SSL Command

       ·  --user=user_name, -u user_name

          The MySQL user name to use when connecting to the server.

       ·  --use-threads=N

          Load files in parallel using N threads.

       ·  --verbose, -v

          Verbose mode. Print more information about what the program does.

       ·  --version, -V

          Display version information and exit.

       Here is a sample session that demonstrates use of mysqlimport:

          shell> mysql -e 'CREATE TABLE imptest(id INT, n VARCHAR(30))' test
          shell> ed
          100     Max Sydow
          101     Count Dracula
          w imptest.txt
          shell> od -c imptest.txt
          0000000   1   0   0  \t   M   a   x       S   y   d   o   w  \n   1   0
          0000020   1  \t   C   o   u   n   t       D   r   a   c   u   l   a  \n
          shell> mysqlimport --local test imptest.txt
          test.imptest: Records: 2  Deleted: 0  Skipped: 0  Warnings: 0
          shell> mysql -e 'SELECT * FROM imptest' test
          | id   | n             |
          |  100 | Max Sydow     |
          |  101 | Count Dracula |


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