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I often import MySQL databases, and this can take a while. There is no progress indicator whatsoever. Can one be shown, somehow? Either records imported, MB imported, or tables imported... anything is better than just waiting. Anybody any idea?

I use this command:

mysql -uuser -p -hhost database < largefile.sql

Files are between 40-300 MB, and the host is within the local network.

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@sr_ I think pv is exactly what the questioner searches for. I just installed it on CentOS via rpmforge. If given the size-parameter it will even show an ETA. –  Nils Apr 18 '12 at 19:13
pv did the trick indeed! If somebody can make this an answer, I can accept this! –  user Jun 14 '12 at 11:34
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up vote 8 down vote accepted

There is nice tool called pv

# On Ubuntu/Debian system
$ sudo apt-get install pv

# On Redhat/CentOS
$ sudo yum install pv

then e.g. you can use it like this

$ zcat dbpackfile.sql.gz | pv -cN zcat | mysql -uuser -ppass dbname

ps: check this blog http://blog.larsstrand.org/2011/12/tip-pipe-viewer.html

UPDATE: seems like above link is broken but I found same article here http://blog.larsstrand.no/2011/12/tip-pipe-viewer.html

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I always import databases from the MySql shell. It does not provide a progress indicator, but it does (quickly) scroll the actions it is performing so I know it's working.

# mysql -u user -p -h host database
> source /path/to/some/largefile.sql;
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