Running a MySQL script from MySQL Command Prompt on a Mac

I'm a complete newbie to SQL & MySQL. Installed MySQL on my MacBook running OS X 10.6.8. I can launch MySQL from Terminal. I can list the included databases using the "show databases;" command.

I am trying to install the sample files included with a book I'm using to learn MySQL (Ben Forta's MySQL Crash Course).

I would like to execute the two scripts to install the sample databases used as examples in this book. There are two script files, create.sql and populate.sql

I have copied both these files into /usr/local/mysql-5.1.73.osx10.6-x86_64/data folder, which is where I believe mysql stores the local databases.

When I try to run "use create.sql" from the mysql command line, I get an "ERROR 1049 (42000): Unknown database 'create.sql'

Please advise. Thanks in advance.
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Dan CraciunIT ConsultantCommented:
That message is correct. USE selects a database. And those are scripts, not databases.

To make your life way easier, get XAMPP for OSX from here:

It comes with fully configured Apache, MySQL, PHP and other goodies.

Once you have those installed, you can use Phpmyadmin to run your sql scripts.

Ask if you need more help.

Dave BaldwinFixer of ProblemsCommented:
After you are logged into 'mysql', use 'source create.sql' to run the SQL script.  More info here:

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anuneznycAuthor Commented:
Thank you, @Dave_Baldwin. That allowed me to run the script.
Dave BaldwinFixer of ProblemsCommented:
You're welcome, glad to help.
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