MySQL in 5 minutes (Linux)

  • Time to save your precious work:
    mysqldump -u root -p my_test_db > my_test_db.out
  • Now drop the table
    mysql>drop table table1;
  • Now drop the whole database my_test_db:
    mysql>drop database my_test_db;
  • create the db again:
    mysql>create database my_test_db;
  • Replay the backup
    mysql -u root -p my_test_db < my_test_db.out

We're through, check the clock.
Btw: If you're going to be asked what SQL stands for, don't disgrace yourself. It means: Structured Query Language.

If you'll get this one:

ERROR 1045 (28000): Access denied for user 'root'@'localhost' (using password: NO)

then you've already set the password, and need to use the -u for user and the -p for password switch.