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Updated Thu, 01 Sep 2022 22:41:01 GMT

bash script – MySQL commands and variables

I have a bash script who automate a Nextcloud server installation.

To run MySQL commands I use the mysql -e command

user@hostname:~$ mysql -e "CREATE DATABASE NextcloudDataBaseName"

I would like store db name, user name, password, etc. In variables

How write mysql -e commands with variables?

user@hostname:~$ mysql -e "CREATE USER $UserName@'localhost' IDENTIFIED BY $UserPass"
user@hostname:~$ mysql -e "CREATE USER ${UserName}@'localhost' IDENTIFIED BY ${UserPass}"

The two command above dont run

Error message with user password (test password):

ERROR 1064 (42000) at line 1: You have an error in your SQL syntax; check the manual that corresponds to your MariaDB server version for the right syntax to use near 'qwerty1234'

This syntax seems to work:

user@hostname:~$ mysql -e "CREATE USER '${DbUserName}'@'localhost' IDENTIFIED BY '${DbUserPass}'"

Simple quotes around variable names but is this the best syntax, the best practice?

Thanks :-)


Like this (with here-doc):

CREATE USER '$UserName'@'localhost' IDENTIFIED BY '$UserPass';

Learn how to quote properly in shell, it's very important :

"Double quote" every literal that contains spaces/metacharacters and every expansion: "$var", "$(command "$var")", "${array[@]}", "a & b". Use 'single quotes' for code or literal $'s: 'Costs $5 US', ssh host 'echo "$HOSTNAME"'. See

Comments (1)

  • +1 – Thanks Gilles everything works with Here Doc. Merci beaucoup tout fonctionne avec Here Doc et c'est plus propre ! — May 25, 2022 at 20:32