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* General Installation Issues  General Installation Issues
* Quick Standard Installation  Standard MySQL Installation Using a Binary Distribution
* Windows installation        Installing MySQL on Windows
* Linux-RPM                   Installing MySQL on Linux
* Mac OS X installation       Installing MySQL on Mac OS X
* NetWare installation        Installing MySQL on NetWare
* Installing binary           Installing MySQL on Other Unix-Like Systems
* Installing source           MySQL Installation Using a Source Distribution
* Post-installation           Post-Installation Setup and Testing
* Upgrade                     Upgrading MySQL
* Downgrading                 Downgrading MySQL
* Operating System Specific Notes  Operating System-Specific Notes
* Perl support                Perl Installation Notes
 This chapter describes how to obtain and install MySQL:
   1. *Determine whether your platform is supported.*  Please note that
      not all supported systems are equally good for running MySQL on
      them.  On some it is much more robust and efficient than others.
      See  Which OS for details.
   2. *Choose which distribution to install.*  Several versions of MySQL
      are available, and most are available in several distribution
      formats.  You can choose from pre-packaged distributions
      containing binary (precompiled) programs or source code.  When in
      doubt, use a binary distribution.  We also provide public access
      to our current source tree for those who want to see our most
      recent developments and help us test new code.  To determine which
      version and type of distribution you should use, see  Which
   3. *Download the distribution that you want to install.* For a list
      of sites from which you can obtain MySQL, see  Getting MySQL
      Getting MySQL.  You can verify the integrity of the distribution
      using the instructions in  Verifying Package Integrity.
   4. *Install the distribution.*  To install MySQL from a binary
      distribution, use the instructions in  Quick Standard
      Installation.  To install MySQL from a source distribution or
      from the current development source tree, use the instructions in
       Installing source.
      * If you plan to upgrade an existing version of MySQL to a
      newer version rather than installing MySQL for the first time, see
       Upgrade for information about upgrade procedures and about
      issues that you should consider before upgrading.
      System Specific Notes:: for information on solving problems for
      particular platforms.
   5. *Perform any necessary post-installation setup.* After installing
      MySQL, read  Post-installation.  This section contains
      important information about making sure the MySQL server is
      working properly. It also describes how to secure the initial
      MySQL user accounts, _which have no passwords_ until you assign
      passwords.  The section applies whether you install MySQL using a
      binary or source distribution.
   6. If you want to run the MySQL benchmark scripts, Perl support for
      MySQL must be available.   Perl support.
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