MySQL in obs and openSUSE (current status)

There has been a lot going on in MySQL community and I didn’t blogged about MySQL for some time. So this is a small update regarding MySQL in openSUSE Build Service and in openSUSE in general. This post is intended to let you know what, where and in which version we’ve got in Build Service 😉 And as I recently dropped server:database:UNSTABLE repo, everything is now in server:database, so the where part is quite easy 😉

MySQL Community Server

First, let’s take a look at MySQL Community Server provided by the open source company we all love – Oracle. There are several versions around. Which one is the right one for you? That question you have to decide by yourself, but whichever it is, we’ve got in in obs 😉

MySQL 5.5

MySQL 5.5 was in the in repositories for quite some time. Currently there is a version 5.5.18. You can get it by installing package mysql-community-server from server:database repository. As 5.5 is around a long time already and widely tested (was running my blog for several months) it is also the version shipped with openSUSE 12.1. Although version included there is just 5.5.16. But that’s good anyway, isn’t it? 😉

MySQL 5.6

Do you think that MySQL 5.5 is old and not cool anymore? I kind of agree. Where is the fun in stable things 😉 So if you want, you can start testing the new cool branch people are speaking about – MySQL 5.6.2. You can find it in server:database repository as package mysql-community-server_56.


Now let’s talk a little bit about the stuff that folks from Monty Program are working on.

MariaDB 5.2

As for MariaDB, there is version 5.2.10 available in the server:database repository and version 5.2.9 made it to openSUSE 12.1. So you can choose from who do you want your MySQL even in distribution itself 😉

MariaDB 5.3

As I said already, I don’t like stable stuff, I like living on the edge. The bleeding edge 😉 So if you like Maria but want the newest and coolest, we’ve got that too. You can get MariaDB 5.3.2 from server:database repository (package mariadb_53) right now and try it out! That is the MySQL version I’m using for this blog right now 😉 But who knows what variant I will be using next month or year? 😀

MySQL Cluster

Do you want more options? Do you want to play with cluster? We’ve got that too 😉

MySQL Cluster 7.1

For the conservative folks, we’ve got MySQL Cluster 7.1.17 in server:database repository and version 7.1.15 was included in openSUSE 12.1. As you may have read already, I dropped MySQL Cluster from openSUSE Factory, so there will be probably no MySQL Cluster in next openSUSE. But don’t worry, it will still be here in server:database repository 😉

MySQL Cluster 7.2

Do you want to play some more with clusters? We’ve got also MySQL Cluster 7.2.1 in server:database repository (package mysql-cluster_72). So you can try new beta, play with new features and try to make it crash. I think Oracle will be happy if you will manage to and will tell them about it 😉

Switching around

Thanks to the setup we’ve got in openSUSE it is quite easy to switch between all variants as you like. Is there really cool new feature you are dying to try in MySQL 5.6? No problem if you have server:database repository. Just type in:

# zypper in mysql-community-server_56

Have Oracle done something bad and are you angry at them? Do you want your symbolic virtual revenge? Just type in:

# zypper in mariadb

What will happen? Well regardless of what would you try to install, zypper will tell that it is not possible to have two different variants at the same time. And it will let you choose. Either you will continue with installation and deinstall your old variant, or you will cowardly decide to stick with what you have. Quite simple, isn’t it? There is one little catch… Your old configuration will be saved as my.cnf.rpmsave and you’ll  end up with default configuration. But you can solve this one easily 😉
What do we still miss from widely used stuff in our repositories is Percona. But I created Google Code-In task, so maybe some student will step-up and fix this. And even if nobody will, you can always try to be that volunteer 😉 I tried to put together some HowTo contribute to MySQL in openSUSE, so it shouldn’t be hard 😉

Overall, if you want to play with MySQL, I think we are well prepared 😉