Passwordless mysql{,dump,admin} via my.cnf file

echo -e "[client]\nuser = YOURUSERNAME\npassword = YOURPASSWORD" > ~/.my.cnf
The file .my.cnf located at user's home directory is used for mysql login. If this file exists, then mysql -uYOURUSERNAME -pYOURPASSWORD database -e 'SOME SQL COMMAND' can be replaced with mysql database -e 'SOME SQL COMMAND' It saves you from typing! This is valid for mysqladmin and mysqldump commands as well.
Sample Output
[client]
user = YOURUSERNAME
password = YOURPASSWORD

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2009-03-24 19:05:39

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You should not enter any cleartext password in a shell command. It ends up in your history file...
lme · 478 weeks and 3 days ago
What is the workaround for that?
alperyilmaz · 478 weeks and 2 days ago
Indeed it doesn't matter in this case because the cleartext password will be in the my.cnf file anyway.
reaper · 474 weeks and 2 days ago

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