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MySQL Connector/ODBC Developer Guide  /  Connector/ODBC Installation  /  Building Connector/ODBC from a Source Distribution on Unix

4.5 Building Connector/ODBC from a Source Distribution on Unix

You need the following tools to build MySQL from source on Unix:

  • A working ANSI C++ compiler. GCC 4.2.1 or later, Sun Studio 10 or later, Visual Studio 2008 or later, and many current vendor-supplied compilers are known to work.

  • cmake.

  • MySQL client libraries and include files from MySQL 4.0.0 or higher (preferably 4.0.16 or higher). This is required because Connector/ODBC uses calls and structures that exist only starting from that version of the library. To get the client libraries and include files, visit

  • A compatible ODBC manager must be installed. Connector/ODBC is known to work with the iODBC and unixODBC managers. See Section 3.2, “ODBC Driver Managers” for more information.

  • If you are using a character set that is not compiled into the MySQL client library, install the MySQL character definitions from the charsets directory into SHAREDIR (by default, /usr/local/mysql/share/mysql/charsets). These should be in place if you have installed the MySQL server on the same machine. See Character Set Support for more information on character set support.

Once you have all the required files, unpack the source files to a separate directory, then run cmake with the following command:

shell> cmake -G "Unix Makefiles"

Typical cmake Parameters and Options

You might need to help cmake find the MySQL headers and libraries by setting the environment variables MYSQL_INCLUDE_DIR, MYSQL_LIB_DIR, and MYSQL_DIR to the appropriate locations; for example:

shell> export MYSQL_INCLUDE_DIR=/usr/local/mysql/include
shell> export MYSQL_LIB_DIR=/usr/local/mysql/lib
shell> export MYSQL_DIR=/usr/local/mysql

When you run cmake, you might add options to the command line. Here are some examples:

  • -DODBC_INCLUDES=dir_name: Use when the ODBC include directory is not found within the system $PATH.

  • -DODBC_LIB_DIR=dir_name: Use when the ODBC library directory is not found within the system $PATH.

  • -DWITH_UNIXODBC=1: Enables unixODBC support. iODBC is the default ODBC library used by Connector/ODBC. Alternatively, unixODBC may be used by setting this option to 1.

  • -DMYSQLCLIENT_LIB_NAME=client_lib_name_with_extension: By default, Connector/ODBC is linked statically with the MySQL client library libmysqlclient.a. If you want to link dynamically or to another MySQL client library, use this option to supply the client library's name.

  • -DMYSQL_CONFIG_EXECUTABLE=/path/to/mysql_config: Specifies location of the utility mysql_config, which is used to fetch values of the variables MYSQL_INCLUDE_DIR, MYSQL_LIB_DIR, MYSQL_LINK_FLAGS, and MYSQL_CXXFLAGS. Values fetched by mysql_config can be overridden by values provided directly to cmake as parameters.

  • -DMYSQL_LINK_FLAGS=MySQL link flags

  • -DMYSQL_CXXFLAGS=MySQL C++ linkage flags

  • -DMYSQL_CXX_LINKAGE=1: Enables C++ linkage to MySQL client library. By default, MYSQL_CXX_LINKAGE is enabled for MySQL 5.6.4 or later. For MySQL 5.6.3 and earlier, this option must be set explicitly to 1.

Build Steps for Unix

To build the driver libraries, execute make:

shell> make

If any errors occur, correct them and continue with the build process. If you are not able to finish the build, see Section 9.1, “Connector/ODBC Community Support”.

Installing Driver Libraries

To install the driver libraries, execute the following command:

shell> make install

For more information on build process, refer to the BUILD file that comes with the source distribution.

Testing Connector/ODBC on Unix

Some tests for Connector/ODBC are provided in the distribution with the libraries that you built. To run the tests:

  1. Make sure you have an odbc.ini file in place, by which you can configure your DSN entries. A sample odbc.ini file is generated by the build process under the test folder. Set the environment variable ODBCINI to the location of your odbc.ini file.

  2. Set up a test DSN in your odbc.ini file (see Section 5.5, “Configuring a Connector/ODBC DSN on Unix” for details ). A sample DSN entry, which you can use for your tests, can be found in the sample odbc.ini file.

  3. Set the environment variable TEST_DSN to the name of your test DSN.

  4. Set the environment variable TEST_UID and perhaps also TEST_PASSWORD to the user name and password for the tests, if needed. By default, the tests use root as the user and do not enter a password; if you want the tests to use another user name or password, set TEST_UID and TEST_PASSWORD accordingly.

  5. Make sure that your MySQL server is running.

  6. Run the following command:

    shell> make test

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