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I'm trying to run the following query, but this is what I get back...


user@server [~]# mysql -u account_username -p password account_database < /home/account/public_html/subfolder/backup.sql


mysql Ver 12.22 Distrib 4.0.25, for pc-linux-gnu (i686)

Copyright © 2002 MySQL AB

This software comes with ABSOLUTELY NO WARRANTY. This is free software,

and you are welcome to modify and redistribute it under the GPL license

Usage: mysql [OPTIONS] [database]

-?, --help Display this help and exit.

--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


-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. WARNING:

options deprecated; use --disable-auto-rehash instead.

-B, --batch Print results with a tab as separator, each row on new

line. Doesn't use history file.


Directory where character sets are.


Set the default character set.

-C, --compress Use compression in server/client protocol.

-D, --database=name Database to use.

-e, --execute=name Execute command and quit. (Output like with --batch).

-E, --vertical Print the output of a query (rows) vertically.

-f, --force Continue even if we get an sql error.

-g, --no-named-commands

Named commands are disabled. Use \* form only, or use

named commands only in the beginning of a line ending

with a semicolon (;) Since version 10.9 the client now

starts with this option ENABLED by default! Disable with

'-G'. Long format commands still work from the first

line. WARNING: option deprecated; use

--disable-named-commands instead.

-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.

--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.

-L, --skip-line-numbers

Don't write line number for errors. WARNING: -L is

deprecated, use long version of this option instead.

--no-pager Disable pager and print to stdout. See interactive help

(\h) also. WARNING: option deprecated; use

--disable-pager instead.

--no-tee Disable outfile. See interactive help (\h) also. WARNING:

option deprecated; use --disable-tee instead

-n, --unbuffered Flush buffer after each query.

--column-names Write column names in results.

-N, --skip-column-names

Don't write column names in results. WARNING: -N is

deprecated, use long version of this options instead.

-O, --set-variable=name

Change the value of a variable. Please note that this

option is deprecated; you can set variables directly with


-o, --one-database Only update the default database. This is useful for

skipping updates to other database in the update log.

--pager[=name] Pager to use to display results. If you don't supply an

option the default pager is taken from your ENV variable

PAGER. Valid pagers are less, more, cat [> filename],

etc. See interactive help (\h) also. This option does not

work in batch mode.

-p, --password[=name]

Password to use when connecting to server. If password is

not given it's asked from the tty.

-P, --port=# Port number to use for connection.

--prompt=name Set the mysql prompt to this value.

-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

-s, --silent Be more silent.

-S, --socket=name Socket file to use for connection.

-t, --table Output in table format.

-T, --debug-info Print some debug info at exit.

--tee=name Append everything into outfile. See interactive help (\h)

also. Does not work in batch mode.

-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.







Default options are read from the following files in the given order:

/etc/my.cnf /var/lib/mysql/my.cnf ~/.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 options 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 FALSE

character-sets-dir (No default value)

default-character-set (No default value)

compress FALSE

database (No default value)

vertical FALSE

force FALSE

named-commands FALSE

local-infile FALSE

no-beep FALSE

host (No default value)

html FALSE


line-numbers TRUE

unbuffered FALSE

column-names TRUE

port 3306

prompt mysql>

quick FALSE


socket (No default value)

table FALSE

debug-info FALSE

user gobeng_forum

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

user@server [~]#


I get the same output if I run this query as a cron job through cPanel.


Any help, please?

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Yikes... first, it's a bad idea to put the password in the actual call to the client, because it shows up in logs and in top listings; better to type it into via TTY input (just use -p alone). Second, I suppose the reason you're getting the help text is because there's an error somewhere -- I have no idea where, but DON'T post the whole .sql file. My suggestion is to just try and connect, forget the SQL input file for a second, and see what happens. That way, you can narrow down the problem to the file vs the server config.

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