Anonymous Anonymous - 1 year ago 3621
Bash Question

Suppress warning messages using mysql from within Terminal, but password written in bash script

When I tried running the following command on MySQL from within Terminal:

mysql -u $user -p$password -e "statement"


The execution works as expected, but it always issues a warning
Warning: Using a password on the command line interface can be insecure.
. However, I have to conduct the statement above using an environment variable (
$password
) that stores my password, because I want to run the command iteratively in bash script from within Terminal, and I definitely don't like the idea of waiting a prompt showing up and forcing me to input my password 50 or 100 times in a single script. So here's my question:


  • Is it feasible to suppress the warning? The command works properly as I stated, but the window becomes pretty messy when I loop over and run the command 50 or 100 times.

  • Should I obey the warning message and do NOT write my password in my script? If that's the case, then do I have to type in my password every time the prompt forces me to do so?



man mysql
doesn't help, saying only
o Cause warnings to be shown after each statement if there are any. This option applies to interactive and
batch mode.
and mentioning nothing about how to turn off the functionality, if I'm not missing something.

I'm on OS X 10.9.1 Mavericks and use MySQL 5.6 from homebrew.

Answer Source

If your MySQL client/server version is a 5.6.x a way to avoid the WARNING message are using the mysql_config_editor tools:

mysql_config_editor set --login-path=local --host=localhost --user=username --password

Then you can use in your shell script:

mysql --login-path=local -e "statement"

instead of:

mysql -u username -p pass -e "statement"