4.6.6 mysqlaccess — Client for Checking Access Privileges

mysqlaccess is a diagnostic tool that Yves Carlier has provided for the MySQL distribution. It checks the access privileges for a host name, user name, and database combination. Note that mysqlaccess checks access using only the user, db, and host tables. It does not check table, column, or routine privileges specified in the tables_priv, columns_priv, or procs_priv tables.

Invoke mysqlaccess like this:

shell> mysqlaccess [host_name [user_name [db_name]]] [options]

mysqlaccess supports the following options.

Table 4.13 mysqlaccess Options

FormatDescription
--briefGenerate reports in single-line tabular format
--commitCopy the new access privileges from the temporary tables to the original grant tables
--copyReload the temporary grant tables from original ones
--db=db_nameSpecify the database name
--debug=#Specify the debug level
--helpDisplay help message and exit
--host=host_nameConnect to MySQL server on given host
--howtoDisplay some examples that show how to use mysqlaccess
--old_serverAssume that the server is an old MySQL server (prior to MySQL 3.21)
--password[=password]Password to use when connecting to server
--planDisplay suggestions and ideas for future releases
--previewShow the privilege differences after making changes to the temporary grant tables
--relnotesDisplay release notes
--rhost=host_nameConnect to MySQL server on given host
--rollbackUndo the most recent changes to the temporary grant tables.
--spassword[=password]Password to use when connecting to server as the superuser
--superuser=user_nameSpecify the user name for connecting as the superuser
--tableGenerate reports in table format
--user=user_name,MySQL user name to use when connecting to server
--versionDisplay version information and exit

If your MySQL distribution is installed in some nonstandard location, you must change the location where mysqlaccess expects to find the mysql client. Edit the mysqlaccess script at approximately line 18. Search for a line that looks like this:

$MYSQL     = '/usr/local/bin/mysql';    # path to mysql executable

Change the path to reflect the location where mysql actually is stored on your system. If you do not do this, a Broken pipe error will occur when you run mysqlaccess.