You want to send mysql output somewhere other than to your screen.
Redirect mysql's output or use a pipe.
mysql chooses its default output format according to whether you run it interactively or non-interactively. Under interactive use, mysql normally sends its output to the terminal and writes query results using tabular format:
mysql> SELECT * FROM limbs; +--------------+------+------+ | thing | legs | arms | +--------------+------+------+ | human | 2 | 2 | | insect | 6 | 0 | | squid | 0 | 10 | | octopus | 0 | 8 | | fish | 0 | 0 | | centipede | 100 | 0 | | table | 4 | 0 | | armchair | 4 | 2 | | phonograph | 0 | 1 | | tripod | 3 | 0 | | Peg Leg Pete | 1 | 2 | | space alien | NULL | NULL | +--------------+------+------+ 12 rows in set (0.00 sec)
In non-interactive mode (that is, when either the input or output is redirected), mysql writes output in tab-delimited format:
% echo "SELECT * FROM limbs" | mysql cookbook thing legs arms human 2 2 insect 6 0 squid 0 10 octopus 0 8 fish 0 0 centipede 100 0 table 4 0 armchair 4 2 phonograph 0 1 tripod 3 0 Peg Leg Pete 1 2 space alien NULL NULL
However, in either context, you can select any of mysql's output formats by using the appropriate command-line options. This section describes how to send mysql output somewhere other than the terminal. The next several sections discuss the various mysql output formats and how to select them explicitly according to your needs when the default format isn't what you want.
To save output from mysql in a file, use your shell's standard redirection capability:
% mysql cookbook > outputfile
However, if you try to run mysql interactively with the output redirected, you won't be able to see what you're typing, so generally in this case you'll also take query input from a file (or another program):
% mysql cookbook < inputfile > outputfile
You can also send query output to another program. For example, if you want to mail query output to someone, you might do so like this:
% mysql cookbook < inputfile | mail paul
Note that because mysql runs non-interactively in that context, it produces tab-delimited output, which the mail recipient may find more difficult to read than tabular output. Recipe 1.22 shows how to fix this problem.
Using the mysql Client Program
Writing MySQL-Based Programs
Record Selection Techniques
Working with Strings
Working with Dates and Times
Sorting Query Results
Modifying Tables with ALTER TABLE
Obtaining and Using Metadata
Importing and Exporting Data
Generating and Using Sequences
Using Multiple Tables
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