How do I write updates from a table to a text log file in MySQL 5.5 after an insert or update?

I was wondering if anyone had a solution on how to set up a process for writing a new row to a text file once a table has been updated in MySQL 5.5?

I've researched using mysqldump, but I don't think this can be called within MySQL?

Looking at a second option, the  INTO OUTFILE can't overwrite existing files.

Basically I have a table and as it is updated, I would like to log a subset of the information in that table to a text log file. The text file should be updated immediately once the insert or update has happened. Preferrably the new row would be concatenated to the existing text file....

Any ideas would be greatly appreciated.

Jake
seedcoitAsked:
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AnilKumarSharmaCommented:
Before MySQL 5.0.10, triggers cannot contain direct references to tables by name. Beginning with MySQL 5.0.10, you can write triggers.
Check out this..
http://dev.mysql.com/doc/refman/5.0/en/create-trigger.html

For sample check this forum thread (and follow it for more info),

http://forums.mysql.com/read.php?99,68167,68333#msg-68333
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seedcoitAuthor Commented:
I created a trigger, but I don't think it can call mysqldump from there.

And as I mentioned earlier, the INTO OUTFILE statement can't overwrite existing text files. I need just one text file, updated after every insert or update.
 

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RealRavenCommented:
The key here is the text file.

I see two options. Either log to a table and then dump i manually (or with cron) every now and then

or

Write a custom UDF to do this, there is a couple here http://www.mysqludf.org/lib_mysqludf_sys/index.php that might work, I haven't tried them myself. A call to there sys_exec inside the trigger would do the job.

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RealRavenCommented:
I just thought of another solution. I don't know if it fits you or not but it's worth a try

There is an engine called CVS that keeps all information in comma separated list on disk. The file is located next to the .frm file and is called .CVS

I guess it has some performance issues but depending on your application it might work.

Put a trigger on the original table that puts a row in the table with the CVS-engine and then just read the CVS-file.
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seedcoitAuthor Commented:
Both solutions worked.
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