Getting Server Metadata

9.13.1 Problem

You want to the MySQL server to tell you about itself.

9.13.2 Solution

Several SELECT and SHOW statements return information about the server.

9.13.3 Discussion

MySQL offers several SQL statements that provide you with information about the server itself and about your current client connection. A few that you may find useful are listed here. To obtain the information provided by any of them, issue the query, then process the result set to retrieve the query output. Both SHOW statements allow a LIKE 'pattern' clause for limiting the results only to those rows matching the pattern.


Information produced by statement


Server version string


Current database name (empty if none)


Current username


Server status indicators


Server configuration variables

These queries are all MySQL-specific. If you're working in Java, JDBC provides several database-independent methods for obtaining server metadata, some of which provide the same information as some of the preceding statements. Use your connection object to obtain the database metadata, then invoke the appropriate methods to get the information in which you're interested. You should consult a JDBC reference for a complete list, but here are a few representative examples:

DatabaseMetaData md = conn.getMetaData ( );
// can also get this with SELECT VERSION( )
System.out.println ("Product version: " + md.getDatabaseProductVersion ( ));
// this is similar to SELECT USER( ) but doesn't include the hostname
System.out.println ("Username: " + md.getUserName ( ));

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
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