How to export the result of mysql cmd to a text file?

Posted on 2006-11-29
Last Modified: 2013-11-18
Does anyone know how to export the result of mysql cmd to a text file?
Question by:kennysflau
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by:Kim Ryan
ID: 18043120
Use the -e option to run a command and quit, and redirect output to a text file.

mysql -u user -ppasswd -D dbase_name -e 'select * from table_name'  > report.txt
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there is a separate command in my sql called select into outfile

make sure that the file already does not exist before giving the command

SELECT a,b,a+b INTO OUTFILE '/tmp/result.txt'
  FROM test_table;

in this instance the file "/tmp/result.txt" if it already exists then it gives a error.  it gives you a text file with , as the field separator to be imported into a excel, access, openoffice calc etc.
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by:Kim Ryan
ID: 18049784
This only works if you want a select statement. The -e option above will work with any statement, update, insert etc
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ID: 18051581
teraplane,  insert / update will only say how many number of rows were affected. more often users are looking for selecting values to a text file based on some suggestion.  and hence my suggestion.  

and  if the requirement is to run it as a scheduled task (in your instance you are presuming it to be alinux based system) whereas i only suggested a more generic sql syntax which is available as a pre-defined feature.

different ideas, no offence!!!

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