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MySQL, how I loathe thee... Tim 
Posted by: Tim at 1:53 PM EST on 3/15/2005
File Under: Misc Tech -> Computers

Since I'm a complete dork and just went home for spring break (actually, I went home because I'm graduating and wanted to save money for when I move out -- that's okay, right?), I decided to take on a little project to keep me occupied. I figured I would set up a LAMP web server. For those not in the know, LAMP stands for Linux/Apache/MySQL/PHP, and it's the combination that a majority of web servers on the 'net use. In fact, it's the combo this site is hosted off of.

Anyway, for the last couple of days, I've been struggling with a couple of things. I had no trouble getting Apache and PHP to play nice, but MySQL is being a little bitch. I think the main problem here is that I'm working off of a four year old release of RedHat 7.0. Why am I doing that? Because it's all I had on disc, and the only internet connection in this house is 56k. Oh yeah, and I have to take my laptop downstairs to the living room just to be near a phone jack. Joy of joys. Thank god I got Samba working, at least. I about pulled my hair out before realizing that you have to turn on encrypted passwords if you want to open a share with Windows. But since I did get it working, I was able to download newer versions of Apache and PHP. Unfortunately, the MySQL download is something like 30 megs, and I don't think the battery on this damn laptop would last long enough to download the whole thing. (Oh yeah, did I mention there isn't a single three-prong outlet in this house, so I have to run off of a battery?)

I'm about to break down and just try to download the new version of MySQL, though. The one that came with RedHat 7.0 is an insecure piece of crap, anyway. Add to that, the installation seems to be borked (seriously, why isn't there a single configuration file installed anywhere?), and I have the recipe for frustration.
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