List differences between two databases

from the Artful Common Queries page


Given two databases named @db1 and @db2:

SELECT 
  MIN(table_name) as TableName, 
  table_catalog,table_schema,table_name,column_name,
  ordinal_position,column_default,is_nullable,
  data_type,character_maximum_length,character_octet_length,
  numeric_precision,numeric_scale,character_set_name,
  collation_name,column_type,column_key,
  extra,privileges,column_comment
FROM (
  SELECT 'Table a' as TableName, 
  table_catalog,table_schema,table_name,column_name,
  ordinal_position,column_default,is_nullable,
  data_type,character_maximum_length,character_octet_length,
  numeric_precision,numeric_scale,character_set_name,
  collation_name,column_type,column_key,
  extra,privileges,column_comment
  FROM information_schema.columns c1
  WHERE table_schema=@db1
  UNION ALL
  SELECT 'Table a' as TableName, 
  table_catalog,table_schema,table_name,column_name,
  ordinal_position,column_default,is_nullable,
  data_type,character_maximum_length,character_octet_length,
  numeric_precision,numeric_scale,character_set_name,
  collation_name,column_type,column_key,
  extra,privileges,column_comment
  FROM information_schema.columns c2
  WHERE table_schema=@db2
) AS tmp
GROUP BY tablename,
  table_catalog,table_schema,column_name,
  ordinal_position,column_default,is_nullable,
  data_type,character_maximum_length,character_octet_length,
  numeric_precision,numeric_scale,character_set_name,
  collation_name,column_type,column_key,
  extra,privileges,column_comment
HAVING COUNT(*) = 1
ORDER BY tablename,column_name;


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