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mySQL command like MSSQL EXEC?

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In MSSQL, you have access to the command line using the EXEC xp_cmdshell 'DOS command goes here'.

Is there anything like this using mySQL to run a PHP script?

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by:Frosty555
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mysql has a CLI, just like mssql. It's in the mysql BIN folder, and it's just the executable file "mysql.exe"

You execute mysql queries using it, though, not PHP.

PHP has it's own command line executable which will execute a PHP page though, PHP.EXE.
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by:jrm213jrm213
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I don't believe there is for security reasons.
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by:Frosty555
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I think I misunderstood the question. |Sorry about that.

PHP has an exec() function for this purpose (provided your server has it enabled) - does that not work for you?

http://php.net/manual/en/function.exec.php

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I think he means in a MS SQL Stored Procedure you can use the EXEC command to execute code via the DOS Command Shell, and wants to know if there is similar functionality in MySQL, which there isn't as far as I know.
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by:EddieShipman
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yes, jrm213jrm213, exactly what I need. I don't think the others quite understood. ;-)

I'm not saying MSSQL is any more secure than mySQL, BTW, but if it's for security reasons, why would MSSQL have something like it?

The whole reason behind this is that I have a stored procedure where I need to actually download a file and store the file name in the database. This is for a vendor file import routine for my e-commerce solution. The images are links and I can do it in PHP but I *NEED* to do it in my stored proc.

I have a PHP script to do the import but have converted the whole thing to mySQL functions and stored procedures to speed up the process and that is the last thing on the agenda, importing the image.

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by:Tomas Helgi Johannsson
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                Hi!

Here are some PHP MySQL procedure examples
http://www.java2s.com/Code/SQL/Procedure-Function/CallingastoredprocedureinPHPanddealwiththeresult.htm
http://www.java2s.com/Code/SQL/Procedure-Function/ReturnthefilesizebyusingtheLOADFILEfunction.htm
http://dev.mysql.com/doc/refman/5.0/en/string-functions.html#function_load-file

which gives you an idea on how to call procedure and insert a image/file into blob using LOAD_FILE function.

Regards,
   Tomas Helgi
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by:Tomas Helgi Johannsson
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       Hi!

One other thing. You would have to download the images  from a remote website to your site temporarily (to a tmp directory) using PHP and then issue a
call to the MySQL procedure to store the file to db.

Regards,
    Tomas Helgi
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by:EddieShipman
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I cannot do that without some kind of EXEC functionality because my procedure iterates through the records of the import file that was loaded into a table using LOAD DATA INFILE.
Since the file must already reside on the host, LOAD_FILE ain't gonna do that for me.

I don't need to load them in a BLOB field because the local filenames are stored in a table,
like it should be .vs in a BLOB.

BTW, I already know how to call the stored proc from PHP.

Since this seems undoable, I may just do the images after the initial data load.
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