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    How to get the Console for MySQL?


    Hi, I know that this isn't so much a programming question as it is software, but I remember that I had at one time a link in the MySQL folder from where all my Programs are kept in the Start Menu. However, I forgot how I managed to do this as I do not have that link in the program's folder.

    I've tried to open it through the command prompt but I can't do anything there. Every time I try to do anything with MySQL it just verboses help.

    Here's an example of what happens when I try to view a database:
    Code:
    C:\Users\<USERNAME>>mysql -u root password <PASSWORD> VIEW mydb
    mysql  Ver 14.14 Distrib 5.5.8, for Win64 (x86)
    Copyright (c) 2000, 2010, Oracle and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved.
    
    Oracle is a registered trademark of Oracle Corporation and/or its
    affiliates. Other names may be trademarks of their respective
    owners.
    
    Usage: mysql [OPTIONS] [database]
      -?, --help          Display this help and exit.
      -I, --help          Synonym for -?
      --auto-rehash       Enable automatic rehashing. One doesn't need to use
                          'rehash' to get table and field completion, but startup
                          and reconnecting may take a longer time. Disable with
                          --disable-auto-rehash.
                          (Defaults to on; use --skip-auto-rehash to disable.)
      -A, --no-auto-rehash
                          No automatic rehashing. One has to use 'rehash' to get
                          table and field completion. This gives a quicker start of
                          mysql and disables rehashing on reconnect.
      --auto-vertical-output
                          Automatically switch to vertical output mode if the
                          result is wider than the terminal width.
      -B, --batch         Don't use history file. Disable interactive behavior.
                          (Enables --silent.)
      --character-sets-dir=name
                          Directory for character set files.
      --column-type-info  Display column type information.
      -c, --comments      Preserve comments. Send comments to the server. The
                          default is --skip-comments (discard comments), enable
                          with --comments.
      -C, --compress      Use compression in server/client protocol.
      -#, --debug[=#]     This is a non-debug version. Catch this and exit.
      --debug-check       Check memory and open file usage at exit.
      -T, --debug-info    Print some debug info at exit.
      -D, --database=name Database to use.
      --default-character-set=name
                          Set the default character set.
      --delimiter=name    Delimiter to be used.
      -e, --execute=name  Execute command and quit. (Disables --force and history
                          file.)
      -E, --vertical      Print the output of a query (rows) vertically.
      -f, --force         Continue even if we get an SQL error.
      -G, --named-commands
                          Enable named commands. Named commands mean this program's
                          internal commands; see mysql> help . When enabled, the
                          named commands can be used from any line of the query,
                          otherwise only from the first line, before an enter.
                          Disable with --disable-named-commands. This option is
                          disabled by default.
      -i, --ignore-spaces Ignore space after function names.
      --init-command=name SQL Command to execute when connecting to MySQL server.
                          Will automatically be re-executed when reconnecting.
      --local-infile      Enable/disable LOAD DATA LOCAL INFILE.
      -b, --no-beep       Turn off beep on error.
      -h, --host=name     Connect to host.
      -H, --html          Produce HTML output.
      -X, --xml           Produce XML output.
      --line-numbers      Write line numbers for errors.
                          (Defaults to on; use --skip-line-numbers to disable.)
      -L, --skip-line-numbers
                          Don't write line number for errors.
      -n, --unbuffered    Flush buffer after each query.
      --column-names      Write column names in results.
                          (Defaults to on; use --skip-column-names to disable.)
      -N, --skip-column-names
                          Don't write column names in results.
      --sigint-ignore     Ignore SIGINT (CTRL-C).
      -o, --one-database  Only update the default database. This is useful for
                          skipping updates to other database in the update log.
      -p, --password[=name]
                          Password to use when connecting to server. If password is
                          not given it's asked from the tty.
      -W, --pipe          Use named pipes to connect to server.
      -P, --port=#        Port number to use for connection or 0 for default to, in
                          order of preference, my.cnf, $MYSQL_TCP_PORT,
                          /etc/services, built-in default (3306).
      --prompt=name       Set the mysql prompt to this value.
      --protocol=name     The protocol to use for connection (tcp, socket, pipe,
                          memory).
      -q, --quick         Don't cache result, print it row by row. This may slow
                          down the server if the output is suspended. Doesn't use
                          history file.
      -r, --raw           Write fields without conversion. Used with --batch.
      --reconnect         Reconnect if the connection is lost. Disable with
                          --disable-reconnect. This option is enabled by default.
                          (Defaults to on; use --skip-reconnect to disable.)
      -s, --silent        Be more silent. Print results with a tab as separator,
                          each row on new line.
      --shared-memory-base-name=name
                          Base name of shared memory.
      -S, --socket=name   The socket file to use for connection.
      --ssl               Enable SSL for connection (automatically enabled with
                          other flags).
      --ssl-ca=name       CA file in PEM format (check OpenSSL docs, implies
                          --ssl).
      --ssl-capath=name   CA directory (check OpenSSL docs, implies --ssl).
      --ssl-cert=name     X509 cert in PEM format (implies --ssl).
      --ssl-cipher=name   SSL cipher to use (implies --ssl).
      --ssl-key=name      X509 key in PEM format (implies --ssl).
      --ssl-verify-server-cert
                          Verify server's "Common Name" in its cert against
                          hostname used when connecting. This option is disabled by
                          default.
      -t, --table         Output in table format.
      --tee=name          Append everything into outfile. See interactive help (\h)
                          also. Does not work in batch mode. Disable with
                          --disable-tee. This option is disabled by default.
      -u, --user=name     User for login if not current user.
      -U, --safe-updates  Only allow UPDATE and DELETE that uses keys.
      -U, --i-am-a-dummy  Synonym for option --safe-updates, -U.
      -v, --verbose       Write more. (-v -v -v gives the table output format).
      -V, --version       Output version information and exit.
      -w, --wait          Wait and retry if connection is down.
      --connect-timeout=# Number of seconds before connection timeout.
      --max-allowed-packet=#
                          The maximum packet length to send to or receive from
                          server.
      --net-buffer-length=#
                          The buffer size for TCP/IP and socket communication.
      --select-limit=#    Automatic limit for SELECT when using --safe-updates.
      --max-join-size=#   Automatic limit for rows in a join when using
                          --safe-updates.
      --secure-auth       Refuse client connecting to server if it uses old
                          (pre-4.1.1) protocol.
      --server-arg=name   Send embedded server this as a parameter.
      --show-warnings     Show warnings after every statement.
      --plugin-dir=name   Directory for client-side plugins.
      --default-auth=name Default authentication client-side plugin to use.
    
    Default options are read from the following files in the given order:
    C:\Windows\my.ini C:\Windows\my.cnf C:\my.ini C:\my.cnf C:\Program Files\MySQL\M
    ySQL Server 5.5\my.ini C:\Program Files\MySQL\MySQL Server 5.5\my.cnf
    The following groups are read: mysql client
    The following options may be given as the first argument:
    --print-defaults        Print the program argument list and exit.
    --no-defaults           Don't read default options from any option file.
    --defaults-file=#       Only read default options from the given file #.
    --defaults-extra-file=# Read this file after the global files are read.
    
    Variables (--variable-name=value)
    and boolean options {FALSE|TRUE}  Value (after reading options)
    --------------------------------- ----------------------------------------
    auto-rehash                       TRUE
    auto-vertical-output              FALSE
    character-sets-dir                (No default value)
    column-type-info                  FALSE
    comments                          FALSE
    compress                          FALSE
    debug-check                       FALSE
    debug-info                        FALSE
    database                          (No default value)
    default-character-set             latin1
    delimiter                         ;
    vertical                          FALSE
    force                             FALSE
    named-commands                    FALSE
    ignore-spaces                     FALSE
    init-command                      (No default value)
    local-infile                      FALSE
    no-beep                           FALSE
    host                              (No default value)
    html                              FALSE
    xml                               FALSE
    line-numbers                      TRUE
    unbuffered                        FALSE
    column-names                      TRUE
    sigint-ignore                     FALSE
    port                              3306
    prompt                            mysql>
    quick                             FALSE
    raw                               FALSE
    reconnect                         TRUE
    shared-memory-base-name           (No default value)
    socket                            (No default value)
    ssl                               FALSE
    ssl-ca                            (No default value)
    ssl-capath                        (No default value)
    ssl-cert                          (No default value)
    ssl-cipher                        (No default value)
    ssl-key                           (No default value)
    ssl-verify-server-cert            FALSE
    table                             FALSE
    user                              root
    safe-updates                      FALSE
    i-am-a-dummy                      FALSE
    connect-timeout                   0
    max-allowed-packet                16777216
    net-buffer-length                 16384
    select-limit                      1000
    max-join-size                     1000000
    secure-auth                       FALSE
    show-warnings                     FALSE
    plugin-dir                        (No default value)
    default-auth                      (No default value)
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    Have you considered, you know, reading the help? To see what you're doing wrong? To see what you should be doing?

    Spoiler: "-u username", "-p" to have it prompt for the password, and "USE database" once you're in.

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