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I have a .gz sql dump file (example: foo.sql.gz) that i want import in my database with the classic mysql command.

gunzip -c foo.sql.gz > foo.sql

mysql -uroot -ppassword foo < foo.sql

foo is the database.

How can i pipe these two commands in a single one?


gunzip -c foo.sql.gz | mysql -uroot -ppassword foo

but doesn't seem to work; i get gzip: stdout: Broken pipe

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FYI you really do not want to pass the mysql password on the command line. This leads to it being stored in ~/.bash_history for all to see. If you just put -p it will prompt you to enter your password which is much safer (and doesn't break the zcat pipe either) – thefreeman Jan 21 '13 at 23:36
You orignal command would work if gunzip < foo.sql.gz | mysql -uroot -ppassword foo – Yada Feb 1 '13 at 20:49
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zcat foo.sql.gz | mysql -uroot -ppassword foo

This will also leave foo.sql.gz as it is.

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thanks, it works! – apelliciari Mar 19 '12 at 13:35
In terms of speed this works much more slower than gunzip && mysql -e "use unzipped.sql". – podarok Jan 21 at 10:08

For those on Max OSX there is a bug with zcat so you'll need to use gzcat instead.

gzcat foo.sql.gz | mysql -uroot -ppassword foo
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