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Secrets of the MySQL Client Command Line

Feb 06, 2008, 07:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by W. Jason Gilmore)

"Graphically oriented MySQL administration tools abound, but for true speed and no-frills management perhaps nothing is more effective than the command-line driven MySQL client. However, the inordinate amount of typing due to executing common queries, determining what database you're currently logged into, and monitoring database server performance quickly can become tedious. In this article, I'll unveil a few of MySQL's command-line hidden features that can eliminate those extra keystrokes and along the way make you

"If I had a dollar for every time I ran show tables just as a reminder of which database was currently selected, I'd be writing this article from an exotic beach locale. The fact is, when regularly jumping among an IDE, shell prompt, and MySQL client prompt it can be very easy to forget your spot..."

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