A Gentle Introduction to


Running MySQL

Name of the server mysqld or mysqld.exe
Name of the client mysql or mysql.exe
Typical command line to start the client c:\mysql\bin\mysql -h pc236nt.napier.ac.uk -u scott -p gisq

the internet address of a computer running the server
the user name
the name of the database to use
forces a prompt for password
Useful commands
show tables;
describe tableX;
use databaseY;
source file.txt
Beware! Foreign keys are not enforced. Table names are case sensitive when running on Unix

The MySQL client is called mysql.

C:\>c:\mysql\bin\mysql -h pc236nt.napier.ac.uk -u scott -p
Enter password:
Welcome to the MySQL monitor.  Commands end with ; or \g.
Your MySQL connection id is 33601 to server version: 3.23.43-log

Type 'help;' or '\h' for help. Type '\c' to clear the buffer.

mysql>use gisq
Database changed
mysql>SELECT name FROM cia;
| Western Sahara                               |
| Yemen                                        |
| Zambia                                       |
| Zimbabwe                                     |
261 rows in set (0.01 sec)


Some useful commands in MySQL: