Installing MySQL 5 on IBM AIX 5.3

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The IBM AIX Software Toolbox download page includes a package for MySQL 3.23, but that was a little bit too aged for my purposes. Fortunately MySQL distributes binaries for IBM AIX here:

That package will work out of the box with 5.3 as well. Download it, and unpack it to /usr/local:

There is a file named INSTALL-BINARY which includes these instructions as well as some more information, but here’s a quick overview of the things you need to take care of.

Create a user and group for privilege separation:

Create the MySQL data directory and initialize the grant tables:

Only the data directory need to be owned by the mysql user, so for security reasons, we will give all other files back to root:

Start it up:

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