MySQL Commands to display all columns

The scenario is that I wanted a PHP/MySQL extension created which needs to launch a query to find all columns across the tables of the local database which had valid content to extract keywords from.

The following is a MYSQL query that displays the structure of all the columns in all the databases of the localhost:
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SELECT * FROM information_schema.COLUMNS ORDER BY TABLE_NAME, COLUMN_NAME
  1.  SELECT * FROM information_schema.COLUMNS ORDER BY TABLE_NAME, COLUMN_NAME 


The following is a MYSQL query that finds all columns (displayed as "tablename.columnname") that had the data_type TEXT across all databases:
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SELECT CONCAT(TABLE_NAME, '.', COLUMN_NAME) AS value FROM information_schema.COLUMNS WHERE DATA_TYPE='text' ORDER BY TABLE_NAME, COLUMN_NAME
  1.  SELECT CONCAT(TABLE_NAME, '.', COLUMN_NAME) AS value FROM information_schema.COLUMNS WHERE DATA_TYPE='text' ORDER BY TABLE_NAME, COLUMN_NAME 


The following is a MYSQL query that finds all columns that had the data_type TEXT across a specified database (eg. sample_db):
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SELECT CONCAT(TABLE_NAME, '.', COLUMN_NAME) AS value FROM information_schema.COLUMNS WHERE DATA_TYPE='text' AND TABLE_SCHEMA='sample_db' ORDER BY TABLE_NAME, COLUMN_NAME
  1.  SELECT CONCAT(TABLE_NAME, '.', COLUMN_NAME) AS value FROM information_schema.COLUMNS WHERE DATA_TYPE='text' AND TABLE_SCHEMA='sample_db' ORDER BY TABLE_NAME, COLUMN_NAME 


Note that the user launching this SQL query would need the SELECT privilege as a minimum on "information_schema" (arguable).
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