SELECT - Other Clauses & Options


Below is the syntax for this command. Text within square brackets (i.e, [ and ] ) are optional. Choices are separated by bars (i.e, | ). Ellipses preceded by a comma indicates a repeating pattern. Ellipses before or after syntax are used to highlight a relevant except from the larger syntax. Text displayed in italic letters represent text that should be replaced with the specific names related to the database (e.g., column with the name of the column).

SELECT [flags] {*|column|expression}[, ...]
FROM table[, ...]
[WHERE condition]
[other clauses]
[PROCEDURE procedure(arguments)]


To send the results of a SELECT statement as standard input to a procedure, use the PROCEDURE clause. The PROCEDURE keyword is followed by the name of the procedure, which can be followed by parenthese containing parameters to be passed to the procedure.


SELECT  * FROM employees

In this statement, the results of the SELECT statement are sent to the built in function ANALYSE( ) along with two numeric parameters. See ANALYSE( ) for more information on the function.

To lock the rows that are being selected from a table, the LOCK IN SHARE MODE keyword may be given at the end of the SELECT statement. This prevents other clients from changing the data while the SELECT statement is running. The FOR UPDATE option instructs MySQL to invoke a temporary write lock on the rows being selected. Both of these locks will be terminated when the statement is finished running.