8.7. mysql_explain_log — Use EXPLAIN on Statements in Query Log

mysql_explain_log reads its standard input for query log contents. It uses EXPLAIN to analyze SELECT statements found in the input. UPDATE statements are rewritten to SELECT statements and also analyzed with EXPLAIN. mysql_explain_log then displays a summary of its results.

The results may assist you in determining which queries result in table scans and where it would be beneficial to add indexes to your tables.

Invoke mysql_explain_log like this, where log_file contains all or part of a MySQL query log:

shell> mysql_explain_log [options] < log_file

mysql_explain_log understands the following options: