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6.3 Installing MySQL from a Source Build on Windows

When you are satisfied that the program you have built is working correctly, stop the server. Now you can install the distribution. There are two ways to do this, either by using the supplied installation script or by copying the files individually by hand.

To use the script method you must have Cygwin installed as the script is a Shell script. To execute the installation process, run the make_win_bin_dist script in the scripts directory of the MySQL source distribution (see make_win_bin_dist — Package MySQL Distribution as Zip Archive). This is a shell script, so you must have Cygwin installed if you want to use it. It creates a Zip archive of the built executables and support files that you can unpack to your desired installation location.

It is also possible to install MySQL by copying directories and files manually:

  1. Create the directories where you want to install MySQL. For example, to install into C:\mysql, use these commands:

    shell> mkdir C:\mysql
    shell> mkdir C:\mysql\bin
    shell> mkdir C:\mysql\data
    shell> mkdir C:\mysql\share
    shell> mkdir C:\mysql\scripts

    If you want to compile other clients and link them to MySQL, you should also create several additional directories:

    shell> mkdir C:\mysql\include
    shell> mkdir C:\mysql\lib
    shell> mkdir C:\mysql\lib\debug
    shell> mkdir C:\mysql\lib\opt

    If you want to benchmark MySQL, create this directory:

    shell> mkdir C:\mysql\sql-bench

    Benchmarking requires Perl support. See Perl Installation Notes.

  2. From the work directory, copy into the C:\mysql directory the following directories:

    shell> cd \workdir
    C:\workdir> copy client_release\*.exe C:\mysql\bin
    C:\workdir> copy client_debug\mysqld.exe C:\mysql\bin\mysqld-debug.exe
    C:\workdir> xcopy scripts\*.* C:\mysql\scripts /E
    C:\workdir> xcopy share\*.* C:\mysql\share /E

    If you want to compile other clients and link them to MySQL, you should also copy several libraries and header files:

    C:\workdir> copy lib_debug\mysqlclient.lib C:\mysql\lib\debug
    C:\workdir> copy lib_debug\libmysql.* C:\mysql\lib\debug
    C:\workdir> copy lib_debug\zlib.* C:\mysql\lib\debug
    C:\workdir> copy lib_release\mysqlclient.lib C:\mysql\lib\opt
    C:\workdir> copy lib_release\libmysql.* C:\mysql\lib\opt
    C:\workdir> copy lib_release\zlib.* C:\mysql\lib\opt
    C:\workdir> copy include\*.h C:\mysql\include
    C:\workdir> copy libmysql\libmysql.def C:\mysql\include

    If you want to benchmark MySQL, you should also do this:

    C:\workdir> xcopy sql-bench\*.* C:\mysql\bench /E

After installation, set up and start the server in the same way as for binary Windows distributions. See Installing MySQL on Microsoft Windows.

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