10. Introduction to MySQL Administration

MySQL has grown in complexity over time as it has become more capable. But as database systems go, MySQL is relatively simple to use, and the effort required to bring up a MySQL installation and use it is modest as well. This simplicity accounts for much of MySQL’s popularity, especially among people who aren’t, and don’t want to be, system administrators. It helps to be a trained computer professional, but that’s certainly not a requirement for running MySQL successfully.

Nevertheless, a MySQL installation doesn’t run itself, regardless of your level of expertise. Someone must watch over it to make sure it operates smoothly and efficiently, and someone must know what to do when problems occur. If the ...

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