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Re^2: Does DBI::Shell work for you?

by saintmike (Vicar)
on Mar 05, 2005 at 20:54 UTC ( #436957=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to Re: Does DBI::Shell work for you?
in thread Does DBI::Shell work for you?

Supplying DSN, user and password on the command line as in
dbish dbi:mysql root ""
brings up a list of databases, selecting one by number asks for the password again (tsk, tsk!):

Connecting to 'DBI:mysql:sometable' as 'root'... Password for root ( not echoed to screen):
which, after confirming it's empty, brings up a shell accepting SQL commands and executing them after entering a semicolon. Very similar to the mysql command line utility.

But how would I get back out to the previous view, to get the list of databases again? Are there ways other than the native SQL commands (show tables; show columns from tablename) to display the schema(s)? Can I load data into variables and look at them? Guess I'm just confused with the interface. I was expecting more than what a native SQL client provides, guess it's somewhere hidden in there, I'm just not sure how to submit shell commands other than SQL statements, executed as soon as the semicolon gets entered.

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Re^3: Does DBI::Shell work for you?
by jZed (Prior) on Mar 05, 2005 at 21:01 UTC
    > But how would I get back out to the previous view, to get
    > the list of databases again?
    
    /connect then enter
    >Are there ways other than the native SQL commands
    >(show tables; show columns from tablename) to display
    >the schema(s)?
    
    /col_info /table_info etc. ... type /help and press enter for a list

    > Can I load data into variables and look at them?
    
    Yes, you can, though I forget whether that's something I had to patch.
    >I'm just not sure how to submit shell commands other than 
    > SQL statements, executed as soon as the semicolon gets 
    > entered.
    
    type a forward slash, the command, then press enter
      That was the missing piece! It's hard to believe, but the man page indeed doesn't mention it. Thanks for your help!

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