Bug #44072 MySQL client should show progress when importing data
Submitted: 3 Apr 2009 8:45
Reporter: Andrew Hutchings Email Updates:
Status: Verified Impact on me:
Category:MySQL Server: Command-line Clients Severity:S4 (Feature request)
Version: OS:Any
Assigned to: Assigned Account CPU Architecture:Any
Tags: Contribution

[3 Apr 2009 8:45] Andrew Hutchings
When importing a large .sql (or other piped data) file the mysql client should give some idea of how much progress has been made

How to repeat:
mysql < input-file.sql

Suggested fix:
This patch has the new parameter "--show-progress-size=#" where # is the number of lines per output.

For example:

shell> mysql --show-progress-size=1500 < input-file.sql
Processing line: 1500
Processing line: 3000
[3 Apr 2009 8:45] Andrew Hutchings
Patch to apply feature to 5.1.30

Attachment: MySQL-5.1.30-import-progress-3.0.diff (application/octet-stream, text), 1.92 KiB.

[3 Apr 2009 8:47] Andrew Hutchings
Harrison Fisk also recommended 'bar' for this task:

For large imports, I will often use the 'bar' program from:


You can use it like cat, but it provides an ASCII progress bar. Normally, it is used as:

bar importfile.sql | mysql

Of course, it would be nice to not have to install an additional program from a third part to get this functionality.