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MySQL Command Line Help

I tend to use MySQL from the interactive command line shell quite a bit (SSH to your db server and type the command mysql to start). I noticed today that there is a pretty extensive built in help system in this command.

You can access it by typing help COMMAND, so for instance if you type help ALTER TABLE you get a quick reference for constructing an ALTER TABLE statement.

If you can't remember what command you want to use, then typing help contents is your friend. It will output:

For more information, type 'help item', where item is
one of the following categories:
Column Types
Data Definition
Data Manipulation
Geographic features

So if your looking for that command that outputs all the columns in a table, but don't know what it's called, you might now try help administration

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