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mysql_explain_log - use EXPLAIN on statements in query log  


mysql_explain_log [options] < log_file



reads its standard input for query log contents. It uses EXPLAIN to analyze SELECT statements found in the input. UPDATE statements are rewritten to SELECT statements and also analyzed with EXPLAIN. mysql_explain_log then displays a summary of its results.

The results may assist you in determining which queries result in table scans and where it would be beneficial to add indexes to your tables.

Invoke mysql_explain_log like this, where log_file contains all or part of a MySQL query log:

shell> mysql_explain_log [options] < log_file

mysql_explain_log understands the following options:

--help, -?

Display a help message and exit.

--date=YYMMDD, -d YYMMDD

Select entries from the log only for the given date.

--host=host_name, -h host_name

Connect to the MySQL server on the given host.

--password=password, -p password

The password to use when connecting to the server.

Specifying a password on the command line should be considered insecure. See Section, "End-User Guidelines for Password Security".

--printerror=1, -e 1

Enable error output.

--socket=path, -S path

For connections to localhost, the Unix socket file to use, or, on Windows, the name of the named pipe to use.

--user=user_name, -u user_name

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



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