MySQL offers for download several precompiled types of packages for installation (rpm’s for various distros, tar.gz, etc.). This post will show how you can install the latest version of mysql5.0 available at this time 5.0.51a from the binary tar.gz distribution.
Fist you need to download somewhere on your system the tar.gz package from mysql (I will assume you have done this inside /usr/local/src/), mysql-5.0.51a-linux-i686-glibc23.tar.gz from the closest mysql mirror to your location. If you are running a different architecture, please download the appropriate file.
Next, let’s create the mysql user and group:
And continue with the actual installation:
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The mysqld binary will search for configuration file under: /etc/my.cnf,
Once you are happy with the config you can start mysql manually using:
You can stop it manually with:
Once you are satisfied with everything you can setup mysql to start automatically at system boot time. You can use for this the supplied mysql.server from support-files folder.