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It depends on your goal. If the goal is to delete message on your forum, the best idea is to manage it under the forum backend. Normally, each forum backend tool has a way to moderate all user actions. I do not advise you to change directly contents directly from database. The data integrity may be corrupted following such direct database manipulation.
mysqldump is a database backup tool that can export the entire database to a single text file. You could use the Unix commands on that text file, and then use it to recreate the database.
This sounds like you would benefit from a GUI to do this for you... However some one would need to build that for you (assuming you're not a developer). Exporting to a different format is not advisable in most cases as if your database is relational or has any constrains, then editing without having these rules enforced will likely cause issues and prevent ...
You can export the database information as many text formats like CSV, JSON, TXT, SQL, etc. But usually databases are more complex than just the information contained there, for instance, there may be dependencies between tables, autoincrement fields, foerign key restrictions, etc. If you just edit the exported text, you may be breaking some of the ...
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