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MYSQLIMPORT(1)		     MySQL Database System		MYSQLIMPORT(1)

       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 2.5, “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 filename 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:

       ·  --help, -?

	  Display a help message and exit.

       ·  --character-sets-dir=path

	  The directory where character sets are installed. See Section 9.1,
	  “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 compression.

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

	  Write a debugging log. The debug_options string often is

       ·  --default-character-set=charset_name

	  Use charset_name as the default character set. See Section 9.1, “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 2.5, “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 exist.

       ·  --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="\r0. (You might have to double the
	  backslashes, depending on the escaping conventions of your command
	  interpreter.) See Section 2.5, “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.

       ·  --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

	  Specifying a password on the command line should be considered
	  insecure. See Section 7.6, “Keeping Your Password Secure”.

       ·  --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. Added in MySQL 4.1.

       ·  --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 7.7.3, “SSL Command Options”.

       ·  --user=user_name, -u user_name

	  The MySQL username to use when connecting to the server.

       ·  --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	 1   0
	  0000020   1  \t   C	o   u	n   t	    D	r   a	c   u	l   a
	  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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