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Old 08-10-2007, 08:44 PM   #1
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Installing MySQL From Binary

I need to install a new version of MySQL on my server. I have two choices: Source install or Binary install (yes rpm is an option too). I am using linux centOS 4.* as an operating system for an Intel processor.

I have always wanted to install from source, but since the packages off of MySQL's website are compiled with Intel based processors, then I guess I should get a binary.

The binary packages can be found off of MySQL's developer website. I have a handful of options to choose from:

# Linux (non RPM packages)
# Linux (non RPM, Intel C/C++ compiled, glibc-2.3)
# Linux x86 generic RPM (statically linked against glibc 2.2.5)
# Linux x86 generic RPM (dynamically linked)

Since I am using centOS -- which pretty much the same as fedora -- which is pretty much the same as redhat, then is this an option?

# Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 RPM (x86)

Here is the link to the download page:

Which one do I choose? What's the difference between the statically linked and dynamically linked binary?

Last edited by matsko; 08-10-2007 at 08:45 PM.
Old 08-12-2007, 05:48 AM   #2
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I upgrade my MySQL a few weeks ago. I used the Server, Client, Shared libraries as well as the Headers and libraries packages for RHEL 5 from the link you provided. For the RHEL 5 packages, there is no option for "statically linked" or "dynamically linked" so I guess you probably don't have to worry about this. To understand the difference between static and dynamic linking, take a look here.


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