Dropping Tables

To drop a table, use the DROP TABLE command followed by the name of the table. Beware that a dropped table cannot be recovered unless you have a backup.

To drop the people table you created earlier in this lesson, use the following command:

 mysql> DROP TABLE people; Query OK, 0 rows affected (0.00 sec) 

You can use DROP TABLE IF EXISTS so that no error occurs if a table does not exist. This is useful in a batch script that creates all the tables for a database: The script will delete the existing tables before re-creating them but will not fall over if the tables do not exist yet.

Sams Teach Yourself MySQL in 10 Minutes
Sams Teach Yourself MySQL in 10 Minutes
ISBN: 0672328631
EAN: 2147483647
Year: 2006
Pages: 165
Authors: Chris Newman

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