watch catting together HTML head/foot and MySQL information_schema.processlist

This came up back on August 9th 2020 in #lobsters on freenode. They were doing a system upgrade and providing a report by using `watch` to `cat` together a HTML header and footer with `mysql -e ‘select * from information_schema.processlist’` to provide a status report. Thought that was a neat hack.

Omitting date completed from MySQL dump file

By default when you run a dump with ‘mysqldump’ the date of the dump is appended to the file, e.g.:

jj5@love:~/desktop/experiment$ udiff *
--- dbt__jj_dev_1__svn_jdrepo.1.sql     2019-06-11 18:11:13.267758230 +1000
+++ dbt__jj_dev_1__svn_jdrepo.2.sql     2019-06-11 18:12:03.856075974 +1000
@@ -32,4 +32,4 @@
 /*!40101 SET COLLATION_CONNECTION=@OLD_COLLATION_CONNECTION */;
 /*!40111 SET SQL_NOTES=@OLD_SQL_NOTES */;

--- Dump completed on 2019-06-10 21:59:44
+-- Dump completed on 2019-06-10 12:06:49

This causes dumps for a single database that has not changed to have two dumps which differ. It’s better to have dumps from the same unchanged database to be the same. To facilitate that add the –skip-dump-date option when running ‘mysqldump’.

See here for the back-story.

PDO: Execute a prepared statement using array for IN clause

See Example #5 here.

/* Execute a prepared statement using an array of values for an IN clause */
$params = array(1, 21, 63, 171);
/* Create a string for the parameter placeholders filled to the number of params */
$place_holders = implode(',', array_fill(0, count($params), '?'));

/*
    This prepares the statement with enough unnamed placeholders for every value
    in our $params array. The values of the $params array are then bound to the
    placeholders in the prepared statement when the statement is executed.
    This is not the same thing as using PDOStatement::bindParam() since this
    requires a reference to the variable. PDOStatement::execute() only binds
    by value instead.
*/
$sth = $dbh->prepare("SELECT id, name FROM contacts WHERE id IN ($place_holders)");
$sth->execute($params);