Do you use MySQL?

Greg 'groggy' Lehey grog at
Thu Mar 16 10:19:20 UTC 2006

If you use MySQL on FreeBSD, you have many choices, probably too many:
which version of FreeBSD?  Which version of MySQL?  Which threading
libraries?  Where do you get the MySQL software from?  How do you
install it?  In all likelihood you'd be happier with less choice: just
the right one.

At MySQL, we're talking about how to simplify this mess^Wsituation.
Obviously with my MySQL hat on, I'd recommend release 5.0; with my
FreeBSD hat on, I'd recommend 6.1-RELEASE when it comes out next week.
But that doesn't mean that you have to agree with me, and there are a
number of other questions anyway.  I'd like some feedback from users
on the following questions:

- Which version of FreeBSD are you running?

- Which version of MySQL are you running?

- If you're not running MySQL 5.0, why not?

- Where do you get your MySQL software from?

  * From the MySQL web site?
  * From a FreeBSD CD/DVD distribution?
  * Package (precompiled) from the FreeBSD web site (either directly
    or via a mirror)?
  * From the ports collection?

- Which threading library are you using?  Why?

- Have you had to change the default installation (different compile
  flags, different installation directories, etc.)?

- Do you have any problems that you think are related to the choice of
  the version you're using?

Normally I send messages to this forum with the following request:

  When replying to this message, please copy the original recipients.
  If you don't, I may ignore the reply or reply to the original

In this case, I'm expecting many answers.  Clearly, individual answers
are not as interesting as the statistics.  Feel free to answer
directly to me, or to copy the list, as you prefer.  I'll summarize
after a while.

This message is *not* soliciting information about general problems
you might have with MySQL.  I'll certainly listen if you have this
kind of problem, but please make it a separate message to this list.

For more information, see
Greg Lehey, Senior Software Engineer
Echunga, South Australia
Phone: +61-8-8388-8286   Mobile: +61-418-838-708

Are you MySQL certified?
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