mySQL is a free SQL database program that can work in conjunction with PHP (see PHP hint elsewhere here) to create dynamically generated web sites, such as this one. It's important to me, as I use mySQL and PHP locally to test new elements for this site, and it was getting to be a pain booting back to the Public Beta every time I had to work on something. I tried running the mySQL installer package from the PB, but it failed (not sure why). So I'd been waiting on a new installer package, to make things easy. Last night, I got tired of waiting :-).
I received an email stating that a new binary package was available on the iDisk of 'skribble', so I went and checked it out. Go to www.mac.com
, click on the iDisk tab, sign on with your ID, and then enter 'skribble' in the box for "Open Public Folder" section to mount that folder. You'll see the binary for mySQL. I downloaded this and installed it, but couldn't quite get it running - but it may have been user error. It did not install the 'var' directory, where mySQL keeps the databases. You may have better luck than I, so it might be worth a shot.
After a few minutes of mucking around with it (without success), I "rm"ed the mysql directory, and decided to go straight to the source (literally), and grabbed the files from mysql.com
to try and build it myself. I was successful, and now have a fully functional PHP 4.04 and mySQL 3.23.36 installation on my OS X machine! Read the rest of the article if you'd like instructions on how to build it yourself -- it's really not that hard!