How to Install MySQL Server on CentOS 5.8

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In this post, i will show on how to install MySQL database server on linux CentOS 5.8 server. MySQL server is a database server that can stores and retrieves data for the blog, websites and applications. It is one of the most popular most used in the internet especially for content management and blogging site. MySQL is a Relational Database Management System (RDBMS) that runs as a server providing multi-user access to a number of databases. For more information on MySQL, you can visit their website at

First of all, to install mysql server, you can simply execute this command :

[root@centos58 ~]# yum install mysql-server -y

Examples :

[root@centos58 ~]# yum install mysql-server -y
Loaded plugins: fastestmirror
Loading mirror speeds from cached hostfile
 * base:
 * extras:
 * updates:
Setting up Install Process
Resolving Dependencies
--> Running transaction check
---> Package mysql-server.i386 0:5.0.95-1.el5_7.1 set to be updated
--> Processing Dependency: mysql = 5.0.95-1.el5_7.1 for package: mysql-server
--> Processing Dependency: perl-DBD-MySQL for package: mysql-server
--> Processing Dependency: perl(DBI) for package: mysql-server
--> Processing Dependency: for package: mysql-server
--> Processing Dependency: perl-DBI for package: mysql-server
--> Processing Dependency: for package: mysql-server
--> Processing Dependency: for package: mysql-server
--> Processing Dependency: for package: mysql-server
--> Running transaction check
---> Package mysql.i386 0:5.0.95-1.el5_7.1 set to be updated
---> Package perl-DBD-MySQL.i386 0:3.0007-2.el5 set to be updated
---> Package perl-DBI.i386 0:1.52-2.el5 set to be updated
--> Finished Dependency Resolution

Dependencies Resolved

 Package                    Arch             Version                      Repository           Size
 mysql-server               i386             5.0.95-1.el5_7.1             updates             9.8 M
Installing for dependencies:
 mysql                      i386             5.0.95-1.el5_7.1             updates             4.9 M
 perl-DBD-MySQL             i386             3.0007-2.el5                 base                148 k
 perl-DBI                   i386             1.52-2.el5                   base                600 k

Transaction Summary
Install       4 Package(s)
Upgrade       0 Package(s)

Total download size: 15 M
Downloading Packages: [Errno 12] Timeout: 
Trying other mirror.
(1/4): perl-DBD-MySQL-3.0007-2.el5.i386.rpm                                  | 148 kB     00:01
(2/4): perl-DBI-1.52-2.el5.i386.rpm                                          | 600 kB     00:12
(3/4): mysql-5.0.95-1.el5_7.1.i386.rpm                                       | 4.9 MB     02:36
(4/4): mysql-server-5.0.95-1.el5_7.1.i386.rpm                                | 9.8 MB     03:48
Total                                                                37 kB/s |  15 MB     07:09
Running rpm_check_debug
Running Transaction Test
Finished Transaction Test
Transaction Test Succeeded
Running Transaction
  Installing     : perl-DBI                                                                     1/4
  Installing     : mysql                                                                        2/4
  Installing     : perl-DBD-MySQL                                                               3/4
  Installing     : mysql-server                                                                 4/4

  mysql-server.i386 0:5.0.95-1.el5_7.1

Dependency Installed:
  mysql.i386 0:5.0.95-1.el5_7.1   perl-DBD-MySQL.i386 0:3.0007-2.el5   perl-DBI.i386 0:1.52-2.el5


Note : MySQL server service daemon is mysqld.

To check Mysqld status :

[root@centos58 ~]# service mysqld status
mysqld is stopped

Start MySQL service :

[root@centos58 ~]# service mysqld start

Start MySQL service at first time :

[root@centos58 ~]# service mysqld start
Initializing MySQL database:  WARNING: The host 'centos58.ehowtuff.local' could not be looked up with resolveip.
This probably means that your libc libraries are not 100 % compatible
with this binary MySQL version. The MySQL daemon, mysqld, should work
normally with the exception that host name resolving will not work.
This means that you should use IP addresses instead of hostnames
when specifying MySQL privileges !
Installing MySQL system tables...
Filling help tables...

To start mysqld at boot time you have to copy
support-files/mysql.server to the right place for your system

To do so, start the server, then issue the following commands:
/usr/bin/mysqladmin -u root password 'new-password'
/usr/bin/mysqladmin -u root -h centos58.ehowtuff.local password 'new-password'

Alternatively you can run:

which will also give you the option of removing the test
databases and anonymous user created by default.  This is
strongly recommended for production servers.

See the manual for more instructions.

You can start the MySQL daemon with:
cd /usr ; /usr/bin/mysqld_safe &

You can test the MySQL daemon with
cd mysql-test ; perl

Please report any problems with the /usr/bin/mysqlbug script!

The latest information about MySQL is available on the web at
Support MySQL by buying support/licenses at
                                                           [  OK  ]
Starting MySQL:                                            [  OK  ]

Stop MySQL service :

[root@centos58 ~]# service mysqld stop

Make mysqld daemon start at boot :

[root@centos58 ~]# chkconfig mysqld on

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