This chapter covers topics that deal with administering a MySQL installation, such as configuring the server, managing user accounts, and performing backups.
The MySQL server,
mysqld, is the main program that does most of the work in a MySQL installation. The server is accompanied by several related scripts that perform setup operations when you install MySQL or that are helper programs to assist you in starting and stopping the server.
This section provides an overview of the server and related programs, and information about server startup scripts. Information about configuring the server itself is given in Section 4.2, “Configuring the MySQL Server.”