Chapter 2. Installing and Configuring MySQL

In this chapter, you learn the following:

How to install MySQL

Basic security guidelines for running MySQL

How to work with the MySQL user privilege system

This is the first of three installation-related chapters in which you learn how to set up your development environment. We tackle the MySQL installation first because on some systems building the PHP module requires bits of the MySQL installation to be complete if you’re going to use MySQL with PHP.

Current and Future Versions of MySQL

The installation instructions in this chapter refer to MySQL Community Server 5.5.21, the current production version of the software. This version number can be read as “revision number 21 of minor release ...

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