Chapter 24. Setting Up a MySQL Database Server
In This Chapter
Finding MySQL packages
Configuring the MySQL server
Working with MySQL databases
Displaying MySQL databases
Making changes to tables and records
Adding and removing user access
Checking and fixing databases
MySQL is a popular structured query language (SQL) database server. Like other SQL servers, MySQL provides the means of accessing and managing SQL databases. However, MySQL also provides tools for creating database structures, as well as for adding, modifying, and removing data from those structures. Because MySQL is a relational database, data can be stored and controlled in small, manageable tables. Those tables can be used in combination to create flexible yet complex data structures.
A Swedish company called MySQL AB is responsible for developing MySQL (
www.mysql.com). MySQL AB has released MySQL as an open-source product, gaining revenue by offering a variety of MySQL support packages, commercial licenses, and MySQL brand franchise products. The company also supports several application programming interfaces (APIs) to help application developers and Web content creators to access MySQL content.
Because MySQL is an open-source product, it has been ported to several different operating systems (primarily UNIX and Linux systems, although there are Windows versions and now even a Mac OS X version as well). As you may have guessed, these include binary versions of MySQL that run on Fedora and RHEL. This chapter contains descriptions ...