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Installing Percona Server 5.1 from Binaries

Before installing, you might want to read the Percona Server 5.1 Release notes.

Ready-to-use binaries are available from the Percona Server download page, including:

  • RPM packages for RHEL 5 and RHEL 6
  • Debian packages for Debian and Ubuntu
  • Generic .tar.gz packages

Using Percona Software Repositories

Percona provides repositories for yum (RPM packages for Red Hat, CentOS, and Amazon Linux AMI) and apt (.deb packages for Ubuntu and Debian) for software such as Percona Server, XtraDB, XtraBackup, and Percona Toolkit. This makes it easy to install and update your software and its dependencies through your operating system’s package manager.

This is the recommend way of installing where possible.

YUM-Based Systems

Once the repository is set up, use the following commands:

$ yum install Percona-Server-client-51 Percona-Server-server-51

DEB-Based Systems

Once the repository is set up, use the following commands:

$ sudo apt-get install percona-server-server-5.1

Using Standalone Packages

RPM-Based Systems

Download the packages of the desired series for your architecture from here.

For example, at the moment of writing, a way of doing this is:

$ wget -r -l 1 -nd -A rpm -R "*devel*,*debuginfo*"  \

Install them in one command:

$ rpm -ivh Percona-Server-server-51-5.1.58-rel12.9.271.rhel6.x86_64.rpm \
Percona-Server-client-51-5.1.58-rel12.9.271.rhel6.x86_64.rpm \

If you don’t install all “at the same time”, you will need to do it in a specific order - shared, client, server:

$ rpm -ivh Percona-Server-shared-51-5.1.58-rel12.9.271.rhel6.x86_64.rpm
$ rpm -ivh Percona-Server-client-51-5.1.58-rel12.9.271.rhel6.x86_64.rpm
$ rpm -ivh Percona-Server-server-51-5.1.58-rel12.9.271.rhel6.x86_64.rpm

Otherwise, the dependencies won’t be met and the installation will fail.

What’s in each RPM?

Each of the Percona Server RPM packages have a particular purpose.

The Percona-Server-server package contains the server itself (the mysqld binary).

The Percona-Server-51-debuginfo package contains debug symbols for use debugging the database server.

The Percona-Server-client package contains the command line client.

The Percona-Server-devel package contains the header files needed to compile software using the client library.

The Percona-Server-shared package includes the client shared library.

The Percona-Server-shared-compat package includes shared libraries for software compiled against old versions of the client library.

The Percona-Server-test package includes the test suite for Percona Server.

DEB-Based Systems

Download the packages of the desired series for your architecture from here.

For example, at the moment of writing, for Ubuntu Maverick on i686, a way of doing this is:

$ wget -r -l 1 -nd -A deb -R "*dev*" \

Install them in one command:

$ sudo dpkg -i *.deb

The installation won’t succeed as there will be missing dependencies. To handle this, use:

$ apt-get -f install

and all dependencies will be installed and the Percona Server installation will be finished by apt.

What’s in each DEB package?

The percona-server-server package contains the database server itself, the mysqld binary and associated files.

The percona-server-common package contains files common to the server and client.

The percona-server-client package contains the command line client.

The percona-server-dfsg package contains....

The libmysqlclient-dev package contains header files needed to compile software to use the client library.

The libmysqlclient16 package contains the client shared library. The 16 is a reference to the version of the shared library. The version is incremented when there is a ABI change that requires software using the client library to be recompiled or their source code modified.

Installing Percona Server from a Source Tarball

Fetch and extract the source tarball. For example:

$ wget
$ tar xfz Percona-Server-5.1.58.tar.gz

Next, run the configure script. Here you can specify all the normal build options as you do for a normal MySQL build. Depending on what options you wish to compile Percona Server with, you may need other libraries installed on your system. Here is an example using a configure line similar to the options that Percona uses to produce binaries:

$ ./configure --without-plugin-innobase --with-plugins=partition,archive,blackhole,csv,example,federated,innodb_plugin --without-embedded-server --with-pic --with-extra-charsets=complex --with-ssl --enable-assembler --enable-local-infile --enable-thread-safe-client --enable-profiling --with-readline

Now, compile using make

$ make


$ make install

Installing Percona Server from the Bazaar Source Tree

Percona uses the Bazaar revision control system for development. To build the latest Percona Server from the source tree you will need Bazaar installed on your system.

Good practice is to use a shared repository, create one like this:

$ bzr init-repo ~/percona-server

You can now fetch the latest Percona Server 5.1 sources. In the future, we will provide instructions for fetching each specific Percona Server version and building it, but currently we will just talk about building the latest Percona Server 5.1 development tree.

$ cd ~/percona-server
$ bzr branch lp:percona-server/5.1

You can now change into the 5.1 directory and build Percona Server 5.1:

$ make

If you are building an older version of Percona Server 5.1, this will fetch the upstream MySQL source tarball and apply the Percona Server patches to it either using quilt or patch. If you are building a modern Percona Server 5.1, this will simply prepare the additional plugins that are distributed as part of Percona Server.

You will now have a directory named Percona-Server that is ready to run the configure script and build.

$ ./configure --without-plugin-innobase --with-plugins=partition,archive,blackhole,csv,example,federated,innodb_plugin --without-embedded-server --with-pic --with-extra-charsets=complex --with-ssl --enable-assembler --enable-local-infile --enable-thread-safe-client --enable-profiling --with-readline
$ make
$ make install
This documentation is developed in Launchpad as part of the Percona Server 5.1.
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