MySQL windows batch file need to escape backslashes in %CD% or convert them to forward slashes

Posted on 2008-06-13
Last Modified: 2010-04-21
I have a Windows batch file containing the following command:

mysql -uuser -ppassword thedatabase -e
 "select * into outfile '%CD%\\thetable.csv' FIELDS TERMINATED BY ',' OPTIONALLY
 ENCLOSED BY '\"' ESCAPED BY '' LINES TERMINATED BY '\r\n' from thetable;"

and when it is run I get the error
ERROR 1 (HY000) at line 1: Can't create/write to file 'C:WorkDatabase\thetable.csv' (Errcode: 2)

The current directory is C:\Work\Database and what's happening is MySQL is interpreting the backslashes as an escape character. The solution is to convert %CD% to double the backslashes or substitute a forward slash for them.
Question by:pdegregorio
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Expert Comment

ID: 21782719
Replace %CD% with c:\\Work\\database is the easiest.

Define the CD variable as c:\\Work\\database at the beginning of the batch.

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Alex-w474 earned 250 total points
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This will help: BAT file tips -


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Author Comment

ID: 21782841
Using Alex-w474 suggestion the following works:

mysql -uuser -ppassword thedatabase -e
 "select * into outfile '%CD:\=\\%\\thetable.csv' FIELDS TERMINATED BY ',' OPTIONALLY
 ENCLOSED BY '\"' ESCAPED BY '' LINES TERMINATED BY '\r\n' from thetable;"

Thank you!

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ID: 31467077
Very nice, elegant solution. Thanks for the speedy reply.

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