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NAME         top

       mysqlimport - a data import program

SYNOPSIS         top

       mysqlimport [options] db_name textfile1 ...

DESCRIPTION         top

       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.

       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.

       mysqldump supports the following options, which can be specified on
       the command line or in the [mysqldump] and [client] option file
       groups.  mysqldump also supports the options for processing option

       ·   --help, -?

           Display a help message and exit.

       ·   --character-sets-dir=path

           The directory where character sets are installed.

       ·   --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. 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-auth=plugin_name

           Default authentication client-side plugin to use.

       ·   --default-character-set=charset_name

           Use charset_name as the default character set.

       ·   --defaults-extra-file=filename

           Set filename as the file to read default options from after the
           global defaults files has been read.  Must be given as first

       ·   --defaults-file=filename

           Set filename as the file to read default options from, override
           global defaults files.  Must be given as first option.

       ·   --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.

       ·   --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 MariaDB 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.).

       ·   --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).

       ·   --no-defaults

           Do not read default options from any option file. This must be
           given as the first argument.

       ·   --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. You can use an option file to avoid giving the password
           on the command line.

       ·   --pipe, -W

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

       ·   --plugin-dir=name

            Directory for client-side plugins.

       ·   --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.

       ·   --print-defaults

           Print the program argument list and exit.  This must be given as
           the first argument.

       ·   --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

       ·   --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

           Enable SSL for connection (automatically enabled with other
           flags). Disable with --skip-ssl.

       ·   --ssl-ca=name

           CA file in PEM format (check OpenSSL docs, implies --ssl).

       ·   --ssl-capath=name

           CA directory (check OpenSSL docs, implies --ssl).

       ·   --ssl-cert=name

           X509 cert in PEM format (check OpenSSL docs, implies --ssl).

       ·   --ssl-cipher=name

           SSL cipher to use (check OpenSSL docs, implies --ssl).

       ·   --ssl-key=name

           X509 key in PEM format (check OpenSSL docs, implies --ssl).

       ·   --ssl-crl=name

           Certificate revocation list (check OpenSSL docs, implies --ssl).

       ·   --ssl-crlpath=name

           Certificate revocation list path (check OpenSSL docs, implies

       ·   --ssl-verify-server-cert

           Verify server's "Common Name" in its cert against hostname used
           when connecting. This option is disabled by default.

       ·   --user=user_name, -u user_name

           The MariaDB 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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MariaDB 10.1                     14/12/2015                   MYSQLIMPORT(1)