Engineering Leadership

Update April 23, 2012
I added new instructions for adding the MySQL libs to the loader path. Failure to add the libs to the loader path will cause errors when you try to run/build programs that depend on MySQL, such as installing the MySQL driver for Pyramid (Python).

Update April 18, 2012
Thanks to Lampros for pointing out that WordPress was converting double dashes into single dashes “-“. I have updated the post so that double dashes are displayed correctly.

The following are installation notes for MySQL 5.5 on Ubuntu 10.04 LTS running on the Rackspace cloud.

Download MySQL

Download the MySQL package from http://www.mysql.com in the ~/Downloads directory.

Download the following package from http://www.mysql.com/downloads/mysql/#downloads by selecting Debian Linux from the Select Platform drop-down list:


Installation Prerequisities

After the download is complete, open a terminal and execute the following commands:

libpthread-stubs0 libpthread-stubs0-dev coreutils are really not required, but I installed them as I was working through another issue.

apt-get install build-essential cmake libncurses5-dev libaio-dev bison libpthread-stubs0 libpthread-stubs0-dev coreutils

Setup the MySQL User and Group

groupadd mysql

useradd -r -g mysql mysql

Install MySQL

cd ~/Downloads

dpkg -i mysql-5.5.22-debian6.0-x86_64.deb


MySQL is now installed into the following directory:


cd /opt
chown root:root mysql
cd mysql
chown root:root server-5.5
cd server-5.5
chown -R mysql:mysql ./*
./scripts/mysql_install_db --user=mysql
chown mysql:mysql ./*
cd lib
chown -h mysql libmysqlclient.so libmysqlclient.so.18 libmysqlclient_r.a libmysqlclient_r.so libmysqlclient_r.so.18 libmysqlclient_r.so.18.0.0
cd ../support-files/

Decide which of the configuration files meets your needs, then copy it to /etc.

cp my-medium.cnf /etc/my.cnf
cp mysql.server /etc/init.d/mysql


vi /etc/environment

Add the following to the end of the path:




source /etc/environment

Start the MySQL Server

/etc/init.d/mysql start

Set the MySQL Server to Start on Boot

update-rc.d mysql defaults

Create a root Password and Secure the Server

The following is the most basic and minimal security, but the steps below are required for a production server.


Check the security settings:

mysql -u root -p
mysql> use mysql;
mysql> SELECT User, Host, Password FROM mysql.user;

None of the password fields should be blank.

Add the MySQL Libs to the Loader Path

We now need to update our loader path to include the MySQL libs. This is important for any future work we do that depends on the MySQL libraries, such as installing a MySQL driver for Pyramid.

cd /etc/ld.so.conf.d
vi mysql.conf

Paste in the following:

# MySQL 5.5 Libraries


Post installation checks

mysqladmin version -u root -p
mysqladmin variables -u root -p

6 thoughts on “Install MySQL 5.5 on Ubuntu 10.04 LTS running in the Rackspace Cloud

  1. Lampros says:

    Hello my friend.

    Congratulations – your instructions are the ONLY ones that ACTUALLY WORKED for me on Ubuntu 10.04 LTS ! All the commands worked copy-paste style! ..only one super minor correction:

    ./scripts/mysql_install_db –user=mysql
    should be:
    ./scripts/mysql_install_db –user=mysql

    perhaps the WordPress blog messed this up? Thanks again for an excellent post!

    1. Lampros says:

      indeed wordpress kills the format – it knows everything, right?

      command should be

      ./scripts/mysql_install_db --user=mysql
  2. akbarsahmed says:

    Lampros, thanks for pointing out the issue with WordPress and double dashes. I have now wrapped all commands in ... so that double dashes are displayed correctly.

  3. T35 Hosting says:

    Ubuntu 10.04 LTS was not working for me before installing MYSQL. Within WordPress, I was finally able to establish this software and it seems to be working well.

  4. Brodey Dover says:

    Didn’t work for me.

    “:/opt/mysql/server-5.5$ sudo ./scripts/mysql_install_db –user=mysql
    Installing MySQL system tables…

    Installation of system tables failed! Examine the logs in
    /var/lib/mysql for more information.

    You can try to start the mysqld daemon with:

    shell> /usr/sbin/mysqld –skip-grant &

    and use the command line tool /usr/bin/mysql
    to connect to the mysql database and look at the grant tables:

    shell> /usr/bin/mysql -u root mysql
    mysql> show tables

    Try ‘mysqld –help’ if you have problems with paths. Using –log
    gives you a log in /var/lib/mysql that may be helpful.

    Please consult the MySQL manual section
    ‘Problems running mysql_install_db’, and the manual section that
    describes problems on your OS. Another information source are the
    MySQL email archives available at http://lists.mysql.com/.

    Please check all of the above before mailing us! And remember, if
    you do mail us, you MUST use the /usr/scripts/mysqlbug script!”

    Of course, nothing is written to any logs.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: