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mysql command line input file?  (similar to osql -i  ?)

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I'm used to running osql against microsoft sql server and one of the options I often use is -i <file> which allows me to build a command file and then run it by name with a single osql command.

Is there something like that in mysql?

I see there is INFILE but that appears to me to be data input, not command input.

Is there some way I can execute a command like:

mysql -u root --password=xxxx -i <command input file>

where the <command input file> is read and all the sql commands in that file are run?

Thanks.

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From the mysql man page.

EXECUTING SQL STATEMENTS FROM A TEXT FILE
       The mysql client typically is used interactively, like this:

           shell> mysql db_name

       However, it is also possible to put your SQL statements in a file and
       then tell mysql to read its input from that file. To do so, create a
       text file text_file that contains the statements you wish to execute.
       Then invoke mysql as shown here:

           shell> mysql db_name < text_file

       If you place a USE db_name statement as the first statement in the
       file, it is unnecessary to specify the database name on the command
       line:

           shell> mysql < text_file

       If you are already running mysql, you can execute an SQL script file
       using the source command or \.  command:

           mysql> source file_name
           mysql> \. file_name
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