Anonymous Monk has asked for the wisdom of the Perl Monks concerning the following question:

I make a program to extract some data from a Mysql db of more than 15000 records...I have to set the size of the characters in MS DOS more more small... Is there someone that can help me? Thanks

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Re: char size
by synapse0 (Pilgrim) on Sep 07, 2001 at 08:13 UTC
    Not sure if I understand you, to me it sounds like you're running a query and you get back soo much data that it all doesn't fit on your dos screen.. So to compensate, you drop the char size to try and fit more in.. is that right??
    Well, if so, uhmm.. is there any perl involved at all? or are you just running the query from within mysql? If you're dealing with the latter, then you're in the wrong place, try a mysql forum somewhere (or the docs at If you're using Perl, then you can do something like:
    $x = 1; while(@data = $sth->fetchrow_array) { print join(' ', @data) . "\n"; unless ($x % $max_lines) { print "\nPress a key to continue.\n"; <STDIN>; } $x++; }
    The main thing there is the % (modulous operator) which will return the remainder of $x divided by $maxlines, which is true everytime $x has been incremented $maxlines times, so we get a pause in output as the script waits for you to press enter, allowing you to review what's been printed so far.
Re: char size
by dondelelcaro (Monk) on Sep 07, 2001 at 12:10 UTC
    As synapse0 suggests, you really should be looking for the answer on, but beyond that, if what synapse0 correctly mentions isn't what you're looking for, you might also want to examine the LIMIT part of a SELECT statement.

    In addition, if you're dealing with a large number of records, mysql dbname --exec='SELECT * FROM bleh WHERE blah' > puke.txt or it's DOS equivalent is your friend.