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Structured Query Language for databases.

MySql and mariaDB

mysql -u<user> -p<password> < <sql-file>|sed 's/\t/,/g'
Execute the query in <sql-file> and make the output comma separated (csv)

Misc functions

Left fill <value> with <char> until <no> length
Concatenate 2 strings
Round a value to a number of decimals. TRUNCATE just cuts of the remaining decimals.
select a, b, count(b) from table group by b having count(b) > 1;
Find duplicate values

Date and time functions

Current timestamp (mysql)
date_sub(NOW(),interval 6 hour)
Subtract 6 hours from the current timestamp (mysql)
Get the date part from a time
Convert from UTC to local timezone. Look here to set up timezones properly.
Sort on a part of a datetime (e.g. to rule out the seconds )
select date_format(datefield,"%Y-%m-%d %H:%i") as date
 order by date
UNIX_TIMESTAMP(STR_TO_DATE('Jul 15 2018 10:34AM', '%M %d %Y %h:%i%p'))
Convert to unix-time (seconds since 1-1-1970 aka unix epoch)
FROM_UNIXTIME(<unix-time>, '%W %e %M, %Y')
Unix time to readable format. The formatting fields are optional.


The example shows how subquery results can be handled as a table, aliasing of field and tablenames, a case statement and inner joins. Example query

select int_id,
       'fieldspec1' as Alias,
         When table1.field1 > 1 And table2.field1 = 'value' Then x
         When table1.field1 > 2 And table2.field1 = 'value' Then y
         Else z
       End) As CaseResult,
       SubQuery.fieldname as VALUE_SUBQUERY
   (Select distinct fieldname,
     from table1 tabalias
     Inner Join table2 on table2field = tabalias.field1
     Inner Join table3 on table3field = table2field
      And table3filed = avalue 
     Where (field1 > 1value And (field2 = 1 And field3 = 'value'))
      or (field1 > avalue )
   ) as SubQuery
   Inner Join jointable1 On jointable1.field2 = subquery.field1 
    Where subquery.field1 <> jointable1.field1

Works for updates too

UPDATE table1
    JOIN ( SELECT field1, field2, field3
            FROM table2 
              WHERE field1 = "xx"
         ) as name on name.id = table1.id
    SET table1.field2=name.field1

Subquery and insert

INSERT into table1(field1, field2, field3)
    SELECT field1, field2, field3 from table2


Combine data from more tables. w3schools have a nice page on this.

Basic statements

select * from table_name
 where column1 = 'value'
   and column2 = 'value'
insert into table_name (column1, column2, column3, ...)
                values (value1, value2, value3, ...);
update table_name 
 set column1 = value1,
     column2 = value2
 where column1 = value;


Simple but complete DBMS. No server, just a file that is queried. Often used as embedded database in small devices.

The current implementation used is sqlite3.

sqlite3 <DBfile>
Open the database file and enter the sqlite program. Help is available.
Show the databases in the file

In below statements specification is optional if there is only 1 database or table.

.tables <database>
Show the tables in the database
.schema <tablename>
Show the create statement for the table
Dump to standard output
echo "sqlstatement;"|sqllite <DBfile>.DB