sqlite - A command line interface for SQLite


   sqlite [options] filename [SQL]

   sqlite  is a terminal-based front-end to the SQLite library. It enables
   you to type in queries interactively, issue them to SQLite and see  the
   results.  Alternatively,  you can specify SQL code on the command-line.
   In addition it provides a number of meta-commands.


   This manual page documents briefly the  sqlite  command.   This  manual
   page  was  written  for  the  Debian GNU/Linux distribution because the
   original program does not have a manual page.

   To start the sqlite program, just type "sqlite" followed  by  the  name
   the  file that holds the SQLite database. If the file does not exist, a
   new one is created automatically. The sqlite program will  then  prompt
   you  to  enter SQL. Type in SQL statements (terminated by a semicolon),
   press "Enter" and the SQL will be executed.

   For example, to create a new SQLite database named "ex1" with a  single
   table named "tbl1", you might do this:

   $ sqlite ex1
   SQLite version 2.0.0
   Enter ".help" for instructions
   sqlite> create table tbl1(one varchar(10), two smallint);
   sqlite> insert into tbl1 values('hello!',10);
   sqlite> insert into tbl1 values('goodbye', 20);
   sqlite> select * from tbl1;

   Most  of  the time, sqlite just reads lines of input and passes them on
   to the SQLite library for execution. But if an input line begins with a
   dot  ("."), then that line is intercepted and interpreted by the sqlite
   program itself. These "dot commands" are typically used to  change  the
   output  format  of  queries,  or  to  execute certain prepackaged query

   For a listing of the available dot commands, you can enter  ".help"  at
   any time. For example:

   sqlite> .help
   .dump ?TABLE? ...      Dump the database in an text format
   .echo ON|OFF           Turn command echo on or off
   .exit                  Exit this program
   .explain ON|OFF        Turn output mode suitable for EXPLAIN on or off.
                          "off" will revert to the output mode that was
                          previously in effect
   .header(s) ON|OFF      Turn display of headers on or off
   .help                  Show this message
   .indices TABLE         Show names of all indices on TABLE
   .mode MODE             Set mode to one of "line(s)", "column(s)",
                          "insert", "list", or "html"
   .mode insert TABLE     Generate SQL insert statements for TABLE
   .nullvalue STRING      Print STRING instead of nothing for NULL data
   .output FILENAME       Send output to FILENAME
   .output stdout         Send output to the screen
   .prompt MAIN CONTINUE  Replace the standard prompts
                          "sqlite > " and "   ...> "
                          with the strings MAIN and CONTINUE
                          CONTINUE is optional.
   .quit                  Exit this program
   .read FILENAME         Execute SQL in FILENAME
   .reindex ?TABLE?       Rebuild indices
   .schema ?TABLE?        Show the CREATE statements
   .separator STRING      Change separator string for "list" mode
   .show                  Show the current values for the following:
   .tables ?PATTERN?      List names of tables matching a pattern
   .timeout MS            Try opening locked tables for MS milliseconds
   .width NUM NUM ...     Set column widths for "column" mode


   The program has the following options:

   -init file
          Read  in and process 'file', which contains "dot commands".  You
          can use this file to initialize display settings.

   -html  Set output mode to HTML.

   -list  Set output mode to 'list'.

   -line  Set output mode to 'line'.

          Set output mode to 'column'.

   -separator separator
          Specify which output field separator for  'list'  mode  to  use.
          Default is '|'.

   -nullvalue string
          When  a  null  is  encountered,  print  'string'.  Default is no

          Turn headers on or off. Default is off.

   -echo  Print commands before execution.


   The SQLite program has different output modes, which define the way the
   output (from queries) is formatted.

   In  'list'  mode,  which is the default, one record per line is output,
   each field separated by the separator  specified  with  the  -separator
   option or .separator command.

   In  'line'  mode,  each  column  is output on its own line, records are
   separated by blank lines.

   In HTML mode, an XHTML table is generated.

   In 'column' mode, one record per line  is  output,  aligned  neatly  in


   sqlite  can  be initialized using resource files. These can be combined
   with command line arguments to set up sqlite exactly the way  you  want
   it.  Initialization proceeds as follows:

   o The defaults of

   mode            = LIST
   separator       = "|"
   main prompt     = "sqlite> "
   continue prompt = "   ...> "

   are established.

   o  If a file .sqliterc can be found in the user's home directory, it is
   read and processed. It should only contain "dot commands".  If the file
   is   not   found  or  cannot  be  read,  processing  continues  without

   o If a file is specified on the command line with the -init option,  it
   is processed in the same manner as .sqliterc

   o All other command line options are processed

   o The database is opened and you are now ready to begin.


   The sqlite-doc package


   This   manual   page   was   originally  written  by  Andreas  Rottmann
   <rotty@debian.org>, for the Debian GNU/Linux system (but may be used by

                       Mon Apr 15 23:49:17 2002                  SQLITE(1)


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