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.

   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 files 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 files.

   *   --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

   *   --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 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

       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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