Testing Whether a Database Exists

9.12.1 Problem

You want to know whether a database exists.

9.12.2 Solution

Use SHOW DATABASES to see if the table is listed.

9.12.3 Discussion

SHOW DATABASES can be used to determine whether a database exists if you add a LIKE clause that matches the database name:


The following Perl function shows how to do this:

sub database_exists
my ($dbh, $db_name) = @_;

 $db_name =~ s/([%_])/\$1/g; # escape any special characters
 return ($dbh->selectrow_array ("SHOW DATABASES LIKE '$db_name'"));

The function returns false if the database exists but the server was started with the --skip-show-database option and you don't have MySQL root user privileges.

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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