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Hi Liz, 

Depending on the platform, you may be able to install from a package of
some sort.  An RPM on Linux may work depending on the features that were
compiled into the RPM (Anyone had success with this and LAS?).  Also, on
SGI machines you can install MySQL from http://freeware.sgi.com.  There
are probably similar packages for Sun,HP, etc. machines.

This might be the easiest thing to try as a start.  Just be warned: It
might not work!  There may be options that you need to build into MySQL
when you build it from source.  These options may not have been used when
the package was created.

I just took a look at the MySQL site and it looks like they have packages
for various platforms.  If you used one of these and it isn't working, you
may end up needing to install from the source code.  I believe that is
what I did. 

Good luck,


 Steve Cousins                 Email: cousins@umit.maine.edu
 Research Associate            Phone: (207) 581-4302
 Ocean Modeling Group
 School of Marine Sciences     208 Libby Hall
 University of Maine           Orono, Maine 04469

At 12:50 PM 6/19/2002 -0700, Elizabeth Dobbins wrote:
>I'm a pre-user of LAS, and am in the midst of installing it.  Our system
>doesn't have MySQL yet, so I'm installing that also.
>The MySQL installation instructions are pretty daunting, with mention of
>servers, clients, enabling ports and passwords.  Most of it seems
>irrelevant if LAS is the only user of MySQL.  Then there are security
>issues.  The LAS page links to a page that discusses those, but assumes
>the reader already knows a lot about MySQL, which I don't.
>Has anyone worked out a minimal installation of MySQL that enables just
>what LAS needs?  Is there a How-To?
>Thanks in advance,
>Elizabeth L. Dobbins
>Research Scientist
>phone: (206) 526-4581
>"Various forms of jiggery-pokery were used to suit
>horses to courses."  -- Michael Burleigh

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