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OpenSolaris 2009.06 - man page for sqlite3 (opensolaris section 1)

SQLITE3(1)			     General Commands Manual			       SQLITE3(1)

       sqlite3 - A command line interface for SQLite version 3

       sqlite3 [options] [databasefile] [SQL]

       sqlite3	is  a  terminal-based  front-end  to the SQLite library that can evaluate queries
       interactively and display the results in multiple  formats.   sqlite3  can  also  be  used
       within shell scripts and other applications to provide batch processing features.

       To  start a sqlite3 interactive session, invoke the sqlite3 command and optionally provide
       the name of a database file.  If the database file does not exist, it will be created.  If
       the database file does exist, it will be opened.

       For example, to create a new database file named "mydata.db", create a table named "memos"
       and insert a couple of records into that table:

       $ sqlite3 mydata.db
       SQLite version 3.1.3
       Enter ".help" for instructions
       sqlite> create table memos(text, priority INTEGER);
       sqlite> insert into memos values('deliver project description', 10);
       sqlite> insert into memos values('lunch with Christine', 100);
       sqlite> select * from memos;
       deliver project description|10
       lunch with Christine|100

       If no database name is supplied, the ATTACH sql command can be used to attach to  existing
       or  create  new	database  files.  ATTACH can also be used to attach to multiple databases
       within the same interactive session.  This is useful for migrating data between databases,
       possibly changing the schema along the way.

       Optionally, a SQL statement or set of SQL statements can be supplied as a single argument.
       Multiple statements should be separated by semi-colons.

       For example:

       $ sqlite3 -line mydata.db 'select * from memos where priority > 20;'
	   text = lunch with Christine
       priority = 100

       The interactive interpreter offers a set of meta-commands that can be used to control  the
       output  format,	examine  the currently attached database files, or perform administrative
       operations upon the attached databases (such as rebuilding indices).    Meta-commands  are
       always prefixed with a dot (.).

       A  list	of  available meta-commands can be viewed at any time by issuing the '.help' com-
       mand.  For example:

       sqlite> .help
       .databases	      List names and files of attached databases
       .dump ?TABLE? ...      Dump the database in an SQL text format
       .echo ON|OFF	      Turn command echo on or off
       .exit		      Exit this program
       .explain ON|OFF	      Turn output mode suitable for EXPLAIN on or off.
       .header(s) ON|OFF      Turn display of headers on or off
       .help		      Show this message
       .import FILE TABLE     Import data from FILE into TABLE
       .indices TABLE	      Show names of all indices on TABLE
       .mode MODE ?TABLE?     Set output mode where MODE is one of:
				csv	 Comma-separated values
				column	 Left-aligned columns.	(See .width)
				html	 HTML <table> code
				insert	 SQL insert statements for TABLE
				line	 One value per line
				list	 Values delimited by .separator string
				tabs	 Tab-separated values
				tcl	 TCL list elements
       .nullvalue STRING      Print STRING in place of NULL values
       .output FILENAME       Send output to FILENAME
       .output stdout	      Send output to the screen
       .prompt MAIN CONTINUE  Replace the standard prompts
       .quit		      Exit this program
       .read FILENAME	      Execute SQL in FILENAME
       .schema ?TABLE?	      Show the CREATE statements
       .separator STRING      Change separator used by output mode and .import
       .show		      Show the current values for various settings
       .tables ?PATTERN?      List names of tables matching a LIKE pattern
       .timeout MS	      Try opening locked tables for MS milliseconds
       .width NUM NUM ...     Set column widths for "column" mode

       sqlite3 has the following options:

       -init file
	      Read and execute commands from file , which can contain a mix of SQL statements and

       -echo  Print commands before execution.

	      Turn headers on or off.

	      Query  results  will be displayed in a table like form, using whitespace characters
	      to separate the columns and align the output.

       -html  Query results will be output as simple HTML tables.

       -line  Query results will be displayed with one value per line, rows separated by a  blank
	      line.  Designed to be easily parsed by scripts or other programs

       -list  Query  results  will  be	displayed  with  the  separator (|, by default) character
	      between each field value.  The default.

       -separator separator
	      Set output field separator.  Default is '|'.

       -nullvalue string
	      Set string used to represent NULL values.  Default is '' (empty string).

	      Show SQLite version.

       -help  Show help on options and exit.

       sqlite3 reads an initialization file to set the configuration of the interactive  environ-
       ment.  Throughout initialization, any previously specified setting can be overridden.  The
       sequence of initialization is as follows:

       o The default configuration is established as follows:

       mode	       = LIST
       separator       = "|"
       main prompt     = "sqlite> "
       continue prompt = "   ...> "

       o If the file ~/.sqliterc exists, it is processed first.  can be found in the user's  home
       directory, it is read and processed.  It should generally only contain meta-commands.

       o If the -init option is present, the specified file is processed.

       o All other command line options are processed.

       The sqlite-doc package

       This  manual  page  was originally written by Andreas Rottmann <rotty@debian.org>, for the
       Debian GNU/Linux system (but may be used by others).   It was subsequently revised by Bill
       Bumgarner <bbum@mac.com>.

       See attributes(5) for descriptions of the following attributes:

       |Availability	    | SUNWsqlite3     |
       |Interface Stability | See NOTES       |
       Source for SQLite3 is available at http://opensolaris.org and at http://sqlite.org.  Docu-
       mentation is available at file:///usr/share/doc/sqlite3, and at http://sqlite.org.

       This command's stability is Committed, but its options and dot-commands are Volatile.  The
       SQL  syntax  is	Uncommitted,  but  any	portions declared "obsolete" or "experimental" in
       file://usr/share/doc/sqlite3/lang.html are Obsolete Volatile or Volatile, respectively.

				     Mon Apr 15 23:49:17 2002			       SQLITE3(1)

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