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MYSQLSHOW(1)		     MySQL Database System		  MYSQLSHOW(1)

       mysqlshow - display database, table, and column information

       mysqlshow [options] [db_name [tbl_name [col_name]]]

       The mysqlshow client can be used to quickly see which databases exist,
       their tables, or a tables columns or indexes.

       mysqlshow provides a command-line interface to several SQL SHOW
       statements. See Section 5.4, SHOW Syntax. The same information can be
       obtained by using those statements directly. For example, you can issue
       them from the mysql client program.

       Invoke mysqlshow like this:

	  shell> mysqlshow [options] [db_name [tbl_name [col_name]]]

	 If no database is given, a list of database names is shown.

	 If no table is given, all matching tables in the database are shown.

	 If no column is given, all matching columns and column types in the
	  table are shown.

       The output displays only the names of those databases, tables, or
       columns for which you have some privileges.

       If the last argument contains shell or SQL wildcard characters (*,
       ?, %, or _), only those names that are matched by the wildcard
       are shown. If a database name contains any underscores, those should be
       escaped with a backslash (some Unix shells require two) to get a list
       of the proper tables or columns. * and ? characters are converted
       into SQL % and _ wildcard characters. This might cause some
       confusion when you try to display the columns for a table with a _ in
       the name, because in this case, mysqlshow shows you only the table
       names that match the pattern. This is easily fixed by adding an extra
       % last on the command line as a separate argument.

       mysqlshow supports the following options:

	 --help, -?

	  Display a help message and exit.


	  The directory where character sets are installed. See Section 9.1,
	  The Character Set Used for Data and Sorting.

	 --compress, -C

	  Compress all information sent between the client and the server if
	  both support compression.


	  Show the number of rows per table. This can be slow for non-MyISAM
	  tables. This option was added in MySQL 5.0.6.

	 --debug[=debug_options], -# [debug_options]

	  Write a debugging log. The debug_options string often is


	  Use charset_name as the default character set. See Section 9.1, The
	  Character Set Used for Data and Sorting.

	 --host=host_name, -h host_name

	  Connect to the MySQL server on the given host.

	 --keys, -k

	  Show table indexes.

	 --password[=password (INSECURE)], -p[password (INSECURE)]

	  The password to use when connecting to the server. If you use the
	  short option form (-p), you cannot have a space between the option
	  and the password. If you omit the password value following the
	  --password or -p option on the command line, you are prompted for

	  Specifying a password on the command line should be considered
	  insecure. See Section 7.6, Keeping Your Password Secure.

	 --port=port_num, -P port_num

	  The TCP/IP port number to use for the connection.


	  The connection protocol to use.

	 --show-table-type, -t

	  Show a column indicating the table type, as in SHOW FULL TABLES. The
	  type is BASE TABLE or VIEW. This option was added in MySQL 5.0.4.

	 --socket=path, -S path

	  For connections to localhost, the Unix socket file to use, or, on
	  Windows, the name of the named pipe to use.


	  Options that begin with --ssl specify whether to connect to the
	  server via SSL and indicate where to find SSL keys and certificates.
	  See Section 7.7.3, SSL Command Options.

	 --status, -i

	  Display extra information about each table.

	 --user=user_name, -u user_name

	  The MySQL username to use when connecting to the server.

	 --verbose, -v

	  Verbose mode. Print more information about what the program does.
	  This option can be used multiple times to increase the amount of

	 --version, -V

	  Display version information and exit.

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