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5.1. Overview of Server-Side Programs

The MySQL server, mysqld, is the main program that does most of the work in a MySQL installation. The server is accompanied by several related scripts that perform setup operations when you install MySQL or that assist you in starting and stopping the server. This section provides an overview of the server and related programs. The following sections provide more detailed information about each of these programs.

Each MySQL program takes many different options. Most programs provide a --help option that you can use to get a description of the program's different options. For example, try mysqld --help.

You can override default option values for MySQL programs by specifying options on the command line or in an option file. Section 4.3, “Specifying Program Options”.

The following list briefly describes the MySQL server and server-related programs:

There are several other programs that are run on the server host:

  • make_binary_distribution

    This program makes a binary release of a compiled MySQL. This could be sent by FTP to /pub/mysql/upload/ on for the convenience of other MySQL users.

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