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mysql_convert_table_format - convert tables to use a given storage engine  


mysql_convert_table_format [options] db_name



converts the tables in a database to use a particular storage engine (MyISAM by default). mysql_convert_table_format is written in Perl and requires that the DBI and DBD::mysql Perl modules be installed (see Section 2.15, "Perl Installation Notes").

Invoke mysql_convert_table_format like this:

shell> mysql_convert_table_format [options]db_name

The db_name argument indicates the database containing the tables to be converted.

mysql_convert_table_format supports the options described in the following list.


Display a help message and exit.


Continue even if errors occur.


Connect to the MySQL server on the given host.


The password to use when connecting to the server. Note that the password value is not optional for this option, unlike for other MySQL programs.

Specifying a password on the command line should be considered insecure. See Section, "End-User Guidelines for Password Security". You can use an option file to avoid giving the password on the command line.


The TCP/IP port number to use for the connection.


For connections to localhost, the Unix socket file to use.


Specify the storage engine that the tables should be converted to use. The default is MyISAM if this option is not given.


The MySQL user name to use when connecting to the server.


Verbose mode. Print more information about what the program does.


Display version information and exit.



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