Installing MySQL on a MacBook

For some reason my old MacBook didn’t have MySQL installed.

Here’s the install process:

1. Brew did not work ‘cos it wasn’t installed

brew install mysql
-bash: brew: command not found

2. So, I went to install brew

ruby -e “$(curl -fsSkL”
curl: (1) Protocol https not supported or disabled in libcurl

3. So, I went to install curl with SSL

sudo port install curl +ssl

—>  Computing dependencies for curl
—>  Verifying checksum(s) for curl-ca-bundle
Error: Checksum (md5) mismatch for certdata-1.57.txt
Error: Checksum (sha1) mismatch for certdata-1.57.txt
Error: Checksum (rmd160) mismatch for certdata-1.57.txt
Error: Target org.macports.checksum returned: Unable to verify file checksums
Error: The following dependencies failed to build: curl-ca-bundle
Error: Status 1 encountered during processing.
Before reporting a bug, first run the command again with the -d flag to get complete output.

4. So I updated port with

sudo port selfupdate

This was successful but recommended this:

The ports tree has been updated. To upgrade your installed ports, you should run
port upgrade outdated

5. So, back to:

sudo port install curl +ssl

This got as far as:
--->  Activating ncurses @5.9_2
Error: org.macports.activate for port ncurses returned: Image error: /opt/local/bin/captoinfo is being used by the active ncursesw port.  Please deactivate this port first, or use 'port -f activate ncurses' to force the activation.
Error: Failed to install ncurses

and failed. But with a suggestion. So:

port -f activate ncurses
Error: Insufficient privileges to write to MacPorts install prefix.

sudo port -f activate ncurses
--->  The following versions of ncurses are currently installed:
--->      ncurses @5.7_0
--->      ncurses @5.9_2
Error: port activate failed: Registry error: Please specify the full version as recorded in the port registry.

A bit of a guess but this seemed to work:
sudo port -f activate ncurses @5.9_2

6. So back to:
sudo port install curl +ssl

After many hours this completed. In the meantime it had installed perl, python, git and sqlite - amongst others!

7. Back to installing brew
ruby -e "$(curl -fsSkL"

which was successful.

8. And finally, installing mysql

`brew install mysql`
which had a few warnings:
Warning: Your Xcode (3.2.2) is outdated
Please install Xcode 3.2.6.
Warning: It appears you have MacPorts or Fink installed.
Software installed with other package managers causes known problems for
Homebrew. If a formula fails to build, uninstall MacPorts/Fink and try again.

and, perhaps unsurprisingly, was unsuccessful with these messages:
[ 94%] Building CXX object Source/CMakeFiles/CTestLib.dir/CTest/cmCTestGIT.cxx.o
[ 94%] Building CXX object Source/CMakeFiles/CTestLib.dir/CTest/cmCTestHG.cxx.o
Linking CXX static library libCTestLib.a
[ 94%] Built target CTestLib
make: *** [all] Error 2
Error: Homebrew doesn't know what compiler versions ship with your version
of Xcode (3.2.2). Please `brew update` and if that doesn't help, file

Running `brew update` just gave:
Already up-to-date.

So, updating Xcode. The App Store version isn't supported on Snow Leopard so you need to sign in to Apple's Developer Tools with your Apple ID and get it from:

and find `Xcode 3.2.6 and iOS SDK 4.3 for Snow Leopard` which is a 4.14GB download. Don't do this over your 3G network!


`brew install mysql`
is successful. Phew! And just shows how cool and labour-saving brew can be - just take a look at the steps involved to install curl with ssl.

One final note:
9. It's worth taking these steps to configure MySQL:

Any lessons to be learned?
Possibly that it takes an awful lot of updates to update the software on an old computer.


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