mysql_find_rows - extract SQL statements from files (mysql_find_rows is now a symlink to mariadb-find-rows)



mariadb-find-rows − extract SQL statements from files (mysql_find_rows is now a symlink to mariadb-find-rows)


mysql_find_rows [options] [file_name ...]


mysql_find_rows reads files containing SQL statements and extracts statements that match a given regular expression or that contain USE db_name or SET statements. The utility was written for use with update log files (as used prior to MySQL 5.0) and as such expects statements to be terminated with semicolon (;) characters. It may be useful with other files that contain SQL statements as long as statements are terminated with semicolons.

Invoke mysql_find_rows like this:

shell> mysql_find_rows [options] [file_name ...]

Each file_name argument should be the name of file containing SQL statements. If no file names are given, mysql_find_rows reads the standard input.


mysql_find_rows −−regexp=problem_table −−rows=20 < update.log
mysql_find_rows −−regexp=problem_table update−log.1 update−log.2

mysql_find_rows supports the following options:

−−help, −−Information

Display a help message and exit.


Display queries that match the pattern.


Quit after displaying N queries.


Do not include USE db_name statements in the output.


Start output from this row.


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