4.6.10. mysql_convert_table_format — Convert Tables to Use a Given Storage Engine

mysql_convert_table_format 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.

  • --help

    Display a help message and exit.

  • --force

    Continue even if errors occur.

  • --host=host_name

    Connect to the MySQL server on the given host.

  • --password=password

    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.

  • --port=port_num

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

  • --socket=path

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

  • --type=engine_name

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

  • --user=user_name

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

  • --verbose

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

  • --version

    Display version information and exit.

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