Selecting Tabular or Tab-Delimited Query Output Format

1.22.1 Problem

mysql produces tabular output when you want tab-delimited output, or vice versa.

1.22.2 Solution

Select the desired format explicitly with the appropriate command-line option.

1.22.3 Discussion

When you use mysql non-interactively (such as to read queries from a file or to send results into a pipe), it writes output in tab-delimited format by default. Sometimes it's desirable to produce tabular output instead. For example, if you want to print or mail query results, tab-delimited output doesn't look very nice. Use the -t (or --table) option to produce tabular output that is more readable:

% mysql -t cookbook <  inputfile  | lpr 
% mysql -t cookbook <  inputfile  | mail paul 

The inverse operation is to produce batch (tab-delimited) output in interactive mode. To do this, use -B or --batch.

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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