2.8. MySQL Installation Using a Source Distribution
Before you proceed with an installation from source, first check
whether our binary is available for your platform and whether it
works for you. We put a great deal of effort into ensuring that
our binaries are built with the best possible options.
To obtain a source distribution for MySQL,
Section 2.1.3, “How to Get MySQL”.
MySQL source distributions are provided as compressed
tar archives and have names of the form
VERSION is a number like
You need the following tools to build and install MySQL from
gunzip to uncompress the distribution.
A reasonable tar to unpack the
distribution. GNU tar is known to work.
Some operating systems come with a pre-installed version of
tar that is known to have problems. For
example, Mac OS X tar and Sun
tar are known to have problems with long
filenames. On Mac OS X, you can use the pre-installed
gnutar program. On other systems with a
deficient tar, you should install GNU
A working ANSI C++ compiler. gcc 2.95.2 or
later, egcs 1.0.2 or later or egcs
2.91.66, SGI C++, and SunPro C++ are some of the
compilers that are known to work.
not needed when using gcc.
gcc 2.7.x has a bug that makes it
impossible to compile some perfectly legal C++ files, such as
sql/sql_base.cc. If you have only
gcc 2.7.x, you must upgrade your
gcc to be able to compile MySQL.
gcc 2.8.1 is also known to have problems on
some platforms, so it should be avoided if a new compiler
exists for the platform.
gcc 2.95.2 or later is recommended when
compiling MySQL 3.23.x.
A good make program. GNU
make is always recommended and is sometimes
required. If you have problems, we recommend GNU
make 3.75 or newer.
If you are using a version of gcc recent enough
to understand the
-fno-exceptions option, it is
very important that you use this option.
Otherwise, you may compile a binary that crashes randomly. We also
recommend that you use
-fno-rtti along with
-fno-exceptions. When in doubt, do the following:
CFLAGS="-O3" CXX=gcc CXXFLAGS="-O3 -felide-constructors \
-fno-exceptions -fno-rtti" ./configure \
--prefix=/usr/local/mysql --enable-assembler \
On most systems, this gives you a fast and stable binary.
If you run into problems and need to file a bug report, please use
the instructions in Section 1.8, “How to Report Bugs or Problems”.