Asked  7 Months ago    Answers:  5   Viewed   16 times

I want to search in all fields from all tables of a MySQL database a given string, possibly using syntax as:

SELECT * FROM * WHERE * LIKE '%stuff%'

Is it possible to do something like this?



You can peek into the information_schema schema. It has a list of all tables and all fields that are in a table. You can then run queries using the information that you have gotten from this table.

The tables involved are SCHEMATA, TABLES and COLUMNS. There are foreign keys such that you can build up exactly how the tables are created in a schema.

Tuesday, June 1, 2021
answered 7 Months ago

You do not need to do that. You are using prepared statements, which escape the variables automatically.

Wednesday, March 31, 2021
answered 9 Months ago


I've tried using this statement below to find an appropriate column based on what I think it should be named but it returned no results.*

SELECT * from dba_objects WHERE
object_name like '%DTN%'

A column isn't an object. If you mean that you expect the column name to be like '%DTN%', the query you want is:

SELECT owner, table_name, column_name FROM all_tab_columns WHERE column_name LIKE '%DTN%';

But if the 'DTN' string is just a guess on your part, that probably won't help.

By the way, how certain are you that '1/22/2008P09RR8' is a value selected directly from a single column? If you don't know at all where it is coming from, it could be a concatenation of several columns, or the result of some function, or a value sitting in a nested table object. So you might be on a wild goose chase trying to check every column for that value. Can you not start with whatever client application is displaying this value and try to figure out what query it is using to obtain it?

Anyway, diciu's answer gives one method of generating SQL queries to check every column of every table for the value. You can also do similar stuff entirely in one SQL session using a PL/SQL block and dynamic SQL. Here's some hastily-written code for that:


      match_count INTEGER;
      FOR t IN (SELECT owner, table_name, column_name
                  FROM all_tab_columns
                  WHERE owner <> 'SYS' and data_type LIKE '%CHAR%') LOOP

          'SELECT COUNT(*) FROM ' || t.owner || '.' || t.table_name ||
          ' WHERE '||t.column_name||' = :1'
          INTO match_count
          USING '1/22/2008P09RR8';

        IF match_count > 0 THEN
          dbms_output.put_line( t.table_name ||' '||t.column_name||' '||match_count );
        END IF;

      END LOOP;


There are some ways you could make it more efficient too.

In this case, given the value you are looking for, you can clearly eliminate any column that is of NUMBER or DATE type, which would reduce the number of queries. Maybe even restrict it to columns where type is like '%CHAR%'.

Instead of one query per column, you could build one query per table like this:

SELECT * FROM table1
  WHERE column1 = 'value'
     OR column2 = 'value'
     OR column3 = 'value'
Tuesday, June 1, 2021
answered 7 Months ago

When you use just "localhost" the MySQL client library tries to use a Unix domain socket for the connection instead of a TCP/IP connection. The error is telling you that the socket, called MySQL, cannot be used to make the connection, probably because it does not exist (error number 2).

From the MySQL Documentation:

On Unix, MySQL programs treat the host name localhost specially, in a way that is likely different from what you expect compared to other network-based programs. For connections to localhost, MySQL programs attempt to connect to the local server by using a Unix socket file. This occurs even if a --port or -P option is given to specify a port number. To ensure that the client makes a TCP/IP connection to the local server, use --host or -h to specify a host name value of, or the IP address or name of the local server. You can also specify the connection protocol explicitly, even for localhost, by using the --protocol=TCP option.

There are a few ways to solve this problem.

  1. You can just use TCP/IP instead of the Unix socket. You would do this by using instead of localhost when you connect. The Unix socket might by faster and safer to use, though.
  2. You can change the socket in php.ini: open the MySQL configuration file my.cnf to find where MySQL creates the socket, and set PHP's mysqli.default_socket to that path. On my system it's /var/run/mysqld/mysqld.sock.
  3. Configure the socket directly in the PHP script when opening the connection. For example:

    $db = new MySQLi('localhost', 'kamil', '***', '', 0, 
Tuesday, June 1, 2021
answered 7 Months ago

First the mysqldump command is executed and the output generated is redirected using the pipe. The pipe is sending the standard output into the gzip command as standard input. Following the filename.gz, is the output redirection operator (>) which is going to continue redirecting the data until the last filename, which is where the data will be saved.

For example, this command will dump the database and run it through gzip and the data will finally land in three.gz

mysqldump -u user -pupasswd my-database | gzip > one.gz > two.gz > three.gz

$> ls -l
-rw-r--r--  1 uname  grp     0 Mar  9 00:37 one.gz
-rw-r--r--  1 uname  grp  1246 Mar  9 00:37 three.gz
-rw-r--r--  1 uname  grp     0 Mar  9 00:37 two.gz

My original answer is an example of redirecting the database dump to many compressed files (without double compressing). (Since I scanned the question and seriously missed - sorry about that)

This is an example of recompressing files:

mysqldump -u user -pupasswd my-database | gzip -c > one.gz; gzip -c one.gz > two.gz; gzip -c two.gz > three.gz

$> ls -l
-rw-r--r--  1 uname  grp  1246 Mar  9 00:44 one.gz
-rw-r--r--  1 uname  grp  1306 Mar  9 00:44 three.gz
-rw-r--r--  1 uname  grp  1276 Mar  9 00:44 two.gz

This is a good resource explaining I/O redirection:

Sunday, August 8, 2021
answered 4 Months ago
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