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# 1  
Old 02-15-2011
How to run bash script from within MySQL

Can someone tell me the syntax to run a shell script from within MySQL? I know there is a way to do it, but I can't remember the syntax. I thought it was something like:

mysql> \. /user/myscript;

but I get this error:

Failed to open file '/user/myscript;', error: 2

Please help!
Peter V.
# 2  
Old 02-15-2011
mysql> \! /user/myscript

# 3  
Old 02-15-2011
verdepolo, thanks for the reply. It seems to be working, but now I'm getting this message:

my script contains one line:
 'show tables';

I've tried it unquoted and double quoted too.
When I try to run it, I get:
mysql> \! t2.sql;

/Users/peterv/bin/t2.sql: line 1: show tables: command not found

Running 'show tables' itself does work:
mysql> show tables;
| Tables_in_project1 |
| AUTHORBOOK         |
| myauthors          |
| mybooks            |
| test_books         |
4 rows in set (0.00 sec)


Any ideas what's causing my script to not work?
Peter V.
# 4  
Old 02-15-2011
I thought you were trying to run unix commands from a shell script but apparently what you are trying to do is run a set of mysql instructions from a file, correct?

Use this instead:

mysql> source /user/myscript;

# 5  
Old 02-15-2011
Sorry for the confusion, you are correct. Both of your replies have been added to my notes, and will are extremely useful. Thank you very much!

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