Case Insensitive Like Searches In MySQL

2nd July 2011

I needed to create a query that did a case insensitive search using the LIKE command in MySQL and I quickly realised that in order to do this I would need to alter both the parameter and the table data to be the same case. This can be done by using the MySQL UPPER() command on the table data and the strtoupper() PHP function on the input data.

Count Number Of Characters In A String With MySQL

Today I needed to grab some data from a table where there was more than one occurrence of a string within another string. Basically, I needed to find all URL's from a table that were more than 3 levels deep (i.e. with 3 slashes), but realised there wasn't a function to do this in MySQL. I found an alternative method, but it got me thinking on how that might be possible.

philipnorton42 Thu, 09/30/2010 - 17:00

MySQL Order Table By Character Length

24th September 2009

As part of debugging a bit of code I needed to know the longest possible field lengths that a record contains. You might need to know this if you are performing a database migration. The following query returns a field, along with the length of the string, and orders the results by the number of characters in that string.


Backup MySQL Database PHP Script

12th August 2009

There are quite a few scripts available on the Internet that allow you to dump data from a database into a format that can be used to replicate that database structure elsewhere. The following function is my take on this commonly occurring script.

Starting And Stopping MySQL Using Windows .bat Files

I use my PC for a lot of different things, and I don't necessarily need to have MySQL server running all the time, especially when I want to play a game. So I wondered if there was a simple way in which I could start and stop the server using a simple .bat file.

I had a look at the MySQL website and found a page that details how to start MySQL from the command line. This page suggested that I use the following command.

philipnorton42 Wed, 05/13/2009 - 15:17
Apache Log File Into MySQL Table

Apache can be set up to log all sorts of information. As of Apache 2.2 the basic log file format that a fresh install of Apache will produce will have the following format:

%h %l %u %t "%r" %>s %b

Which doesn't mean a lot to the uninitiated, so here is a short explanation of each.

philipnorton42 Mon, 04/20/2009 - 13:55

MySQL Event Scheduler

30th March 2009

A new feature in MySQL version 5.1.6 is the addition of events. These can be either a single event or a schedule, both of which can be given multiple commands to run.

First, you need to make sure that the event scheduler is running. To do this, open up MySQL query browser (or similar) and run the following MySQL command.


If the event scheduler you will see a row in the output that looks like this:

Correcting Wrong Character Encoding In MySQL

16th March 2009

Sometimes, especially when moving data from one server to another, you might find that you have encoded your MySQL database incorrectly. This problem with first show itself if you have the database encoded in one charset and your website set to display in another. If this is the case then you will find strange characters appearing in your text, especially when using punctuation marks. If you are unable or unwilling to change the character encoding on the site then you need to change how the data is encoded in the database.

Optimize Your MySQL Database Tables

3rd March 2009

You can optimize MySQL tables using the OPTIMIZE command. This can be used if you have a table with any variable length rows and you make lots of changes to the data in that table. Variable length columns are VARCHAR, VARBINARY, BLOB, or TEXT. The OPTIMIZE TABLE will defragment the data and reclaim any unused space. This also has the effect of resetting any auto incrementing numbers to the highest value in the table.