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Managing & Using MySQL, 2nd Edition by Hugh E. Williams, Randy Yarger, George Reese, Tim King

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Chapter 20. The Python DB-API

DB-API supports database-independent database access. The MySQL implementation of this API, MySQLdb, can be downloaded from http://dustman.net/andy/python/MySQLdb. It comes with a RedHat RPM Linux installer, a Win32 installer, and a Python script for other platforms. For those other platforms:

  1. Uncompress the .tar.gz file that contains MySQLdb using the commands gunzip FILENAME.tar.gz and tar xf FILENAME.tar.

  2. Change directories into the newly generated MySQLdb directory.

  3. Issue the command: python setup.py install.

The MySQLdb module contains the standard DB-API methods and attributes as well as several proprietary methods and attributes. Proprietary APIs are marked with asterisks.

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