PHP - MySQL -'SHOW tables'

In the following dropdown I use 'Show tables' to populate my dropdown box with all tables on database X.

Is there an alternative to 'Show tables' where I can restrict the tables shown to for example all those starting with S.?

This is the code snippet

 //Tables drop-down
 $result = mysql_query("SHOW tables") or die("Cannot list table names.");
echo "
<form name=\"table_browser\" action=\"".$PHP_SELF."\" method=\"GET\" >
    <select name=\"t\" onChange=\"javascript:submit();\">
        <option>Select a table</option>
while ($row = mysql_fetch_row($result)){
    echo "        <option value=".$row[0].">".$row[0]."</option>\n";
echo "    </select>

if (!isset($t)){
    die("Please select a table");
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also check if you have a database selected.

if not select the database.

put  a check also, to see if the database has tables or not

You should create query like this.
$result = mysql_query("SHOW TABLES") or die('Error: ' . mysql_error());

That way MySQL will describe you What the problem is.

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