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4.5. MySQL Utilities

TcX distributes MySQL with a very rich cast of support utilities. Even with all it has provided, the set of third party tools available is even richer. In this section, we attempt to give a brief overview of these tools with a full description in Chapter 18, "PHP and Lite Reference".

4.5.1. Command Line Tools


Performs checks on the underlying data files within the database. These files are called ISAM (Indexed Sequential Access Method) files. This utility can repair almost any kind of damage to an ISAM file. We discuss this in more detail later in the chapter.


Reads logs generated by the MySQL server that relate to ISAM files. You can use a complete set of these logs to rebuild a table or to replay table changes after a certain period of time.


Creates a direct connection to the database server and lets you enter queries directly from a MySQL prompt. You will likely find that you use this more than any other tool.


Modifies the MySQL access rights tables and displays them in an easy to read form. Using this utility is a good way for you to learn about the structure of the MySQL access tables.


Performs administrative functions. This utility can add or delete entire databases as well as shutdown the server itself.


Reports a problem with MySQL to TcX. The output of this program will also be sent to the MySQL mailing list where the legion of MySQL volunteers will examine the problem.


Sends the complete contents of a table, including the table structure itself, to a file in the form of SQL statements that can recreate the table. You can use the output of this utility to recreate the table in another database or on another server.


Reads a file of data and inserts it into a database table. This is a delimited file where the delimiters can be any of the common forms, like comma-delimited or quoted.


Displays the structure of the databases on the server and the tables that make up those databases.

4.5.2. Third Party Tools

No vendor or developer can support everything a product might need all on their own. Open source products such as Linux have been so wildly successful due not only to the work of Linus Torvalds on the Linux kernel, but also to the hundreds, if not thousands, of third party products available for Linux. MySQL, too, has benefited from the work of third party developers. While we would like to list every third party product available, that list changes daily. Here we have tried to put together a representation of what is available. For a current list, visit the MySQL home page at http://www.mysql.com/Contrib. Programming interfaces


Implements the database-independent ODBC (Open Database Connectivity) API for MySQL on Windows.


Provides MySQL access to Python scripts. This module supports the caching of retrieved data for better performance. We discuss Python programming against MySQL in Chapter 11, "Python", and provide a detailed reference in Chapter 20, "Python Reference".


Provides a MySQL implementation of the Vdb database library. Vdb is a database-independent C API that enables common client code to access several different backend database servers. Vdb clients can use this API to access MySQL databases.


Exposes the MySQL API to Inprise's Delphi. Using this API, any Delphi application can access a MySQL database.


Converts MySQL table structures into C header files. This program takes the normal output of mysqldump and generates a C header file that describes the table as a C struct.


Implements the Java standard JDBC (Java Database Connectivity) API. Chapter 14, "Java and JDBC", discusses Java programming against this API in detail, while Chapter 22, "JDBC Reference", provides a full reference for JDBC 2.0.


Implements the Java JDBC API.


Provides a Tcl interface to MySQL.


Provides Python access into MySQL.


Wraps the MySQL C API in an object-oriented manner for access from C++ applications.


Provides object-oriented access to MySQL for C++ applications.


Enables users of the Roxen web server to write web applications that access MySQL.


Generates databases screens in Tcl/Tk from a MySQL database. This tool enables developers to build a custom GUI tied to MySQL tables.


Enables scripts written in Guile to access MySQL tables.


Supports the embedding of Tcl code in HTML files. Using this tool, you can easily build web applications that can access MySQL databases.

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