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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 13.2.6, “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 following options, which can be specified on the command line or
       in the [mysqlimport] and [client] groups of an option file.  mysqlimport also supports the
       options for processing option files described at Section, “Command-Line Options
       that Affect Option-File Handling”.

       ·   --help, -?

           Display a help message and exit.

       ·   --bind-address=ip_address

           On a computer having multiple network interfaces, this option can be used to select
           which interface is employed when connecting to the MySQL server.

           This option is supported only in the version of mysqlimport that is supplied with
           MySQL Cluster. It is not available in standard MySQL Server 5.5 releases.

       ·   --character-sets-dir=path

           The directory where character sets are installed. See Section 10.5, “Character Set

       ·   --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

       ·   --default-character-set=charset_name

           Use charset_name as the default character set. See Section 10.5, “Character Set

       ·   --default-auth=plugin

           The client-side authentication plugin to use. See Section 6.3.6, “Pluggable

           This option was added in MySQL 5.5.10.

       ·   --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 13.2.6, “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 13.2.6, “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 (such as MyISAM, MEMORY, and 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, mysqlimport
           prompts for one.

           Specifying a password on the command line should be considered insecure. See
           Section, “End-User Guidelines for Password Security”. You can use an option
           file to avoid giving the password on the command line.

       ·   --pipe, -W

           On Windows, connect to the server using a named pipe. This option applies only if the
           server supports named-pipe connections.

       ·   --plugin-dir=path

           The directory in which to look for plugins. It may be necessary to specify this option
           if the --default-auth option is used to specify an authentication plugin but
           mysqlimport does not find it. See Section 6.3.6, “Pluggable Authentication”.

           This option was added in MySQL 5.5.10.

       ·   --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 permissible 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 using 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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