Canceling a Partially Entered Query

1.12.1 Problem

You start to enter a query, then decide not to issue it after all.

1.12.2 Solution

Cancel the query using your line kill character or the c sequence.

1.12.3 Discussion

If you change your mind about issuing a query that you're entering, cancel it. If the query is on a single line, use your line kill character to erase the entire line. (The particular character to use depends on your terminal setup; for me, the character is Ctrl-U.) If you've entered a statement over multiple lines, the line kill character will erase only the last line. To cancel the statement completely, enter c and type Return. This will return you to the mysql> prompt:

mysql> SELECT *
 -> FROM limbs

Sometimes c appears to do nothing (that is, the mysql> prompt does not reappear), which leads to the sense that you're "trapped" in a query and can't escape. If c is ineffective, the cause usually is that you began typing a quoted string and haven't yet entered the matching end quote that terminates the string. Let mysql's prompt help you figure out what to do here. If the prompt has changed from mysql> to ">, That means mysql is looking for a terminating double quote. If the prompt is '> instead, mysql is looking for a terminating single quote. Type the appropriate matching quote to end the string, then enter c followed by Return and you should be okay.

Using the mysql Client Program

Writing MySQL-Based Programs

Record Selection Techniques

Working with Strings

Working with Dates and Times

Sorting Query Results

Generating Summaries

Modifying Tables with ALTER TABLE

Obtaining and Using Metadata

Importing and Exporting Data

Generating and Using Sequences

Using Multiple Tables

Statistical Techniques

Handling Duplicates

Performing Transactions

Introduction to MySQL on the Web

Incorporating Query Resultsinto Web Pages

Processing Web Input with MySQL

Using MySQL-Based Web Session Management

Appendix A. Obtaining MySQL Software

Appendix B. JSP and Tomcat Primer

Appendix C. References

MySQL Cookbook
MySQL Cookbook
ISBN: 059652708X
EAN: 2147483647
Year: 2005
Pages: 412
Authors: Paul DuBois

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