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Restore A Single Table From A Large MySQL Backup

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Say, for some reason, you need to restore the entire contents of a single table from a HUGE mysqldump generated backup containing several tables. For example:


create table `baz`;

GIGS OF SQL YOU DON'T WANT;

create table `foo`;

A COUPLE THOUSAND LINES YOU DO WANT;

create table `bar`;

MORE SQL YOU DON'T WANT;


With a little dash 'o ruby, you can extract just the part you want:


$ ruby -ne '@found=true if $_ =~ /^CREATE TABLE `foo`/i; next unless @found; exit if $_ =~ /^CREATE TABLE (?!`foo`)/i; puts $_;' giant_sql_dump.sql > foo.sql
$ cat foo.sql
create table `foo`;

A COUPLE THOUSAND LINES YOU DO WANT;



You can then easily restore that entire table:


$ mysql mydatabase -e 'drop table foo'
$ mysql mydatabase < foo.sql
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