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berkes on 02/04/08


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Remove all tables with a certain pattern from the database

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This script removes (DROPS) all tables that start with foo_. Usefull if you had some CMS or application that (ab)uses table prefixing, and want to clean 0ut your database.

NOTE: the data is remove FOREVER! So take good casre: make backups and all the likes. Try on a test-database first!

  1. mysql -u[username] -p[password] -h[host] [databasename] -e "show tables like 'foo_%';" -N | awk '{ print "DROP TABLE " $1 ";" };' | mysql -u[username] -p[password] -h[host] [databasename]

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