Installing MySQL on UNIX

Distributions are available for several versions of MySQL. The current stable releases have version numbers in the 3.22 series. The current development releases are in the 3.23 series. Generally, you should use the highest-numbered version in the series you want to use that is available in the distribution format you want to work with.

MySQL distributions come in binary, RPM, and source format. Binary and RPM distributions are easier to install, but you must accept the installation layout and configuration defaults that are built into the distribution. Source distributions are more difficult to install because you must compile the software, but you also get more control over configuration parameters. For example, you ...

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