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  1. #1
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    Dec 2010

    Search MySQL db for word

    Hello, I am trying to search a database for a word, except I do not even know what table or field it is in. Could anyone please help me with the syntax to search the entire database? Thanks in advance.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Feb 2003
    Hey mate,

    You might want to look into the Sphinx plugin... http://sphinxsearch.com

    Outside of that, I'm not sure how you would do such a search without a heap of manual JOINs.

    Sorry for the less-than-ideal reply. I'm a bit of a noob myself when it comes to this stuff! Sphinx does sound promising though!


    Officially confused.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Mar 2010
    Assuming your tables are MyISAM (the default) then you can look into using fulltext indexing and searching (aka, match(field1,field2,field3) against('word")... ). You can grab results using a single query if all th fields are in one table, in they're in multiple tables you can do a union of the results.
    To do this you'll need to add fulltext indexes to each of the fields you want to search. For performance sake, the default settings create indexes for words greater than 3 characters, but you can change that setting if need be.
    Here's a helpful page on fulltext searching:

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