22.6.1. Building MySQL Connector/C from the Source Code

Obtaining the Source Code

A TAR file containing the source code can be downloaded from the MySQL Developers site. You will need to select the source code package from the drop down list.

The source code for development releases of the connector can be found at Launchpad. The project home page can be found here.

The source code for the 1.0 branch can be found here.

To obtain the code you will need to have Bazaar installed and use the command bzr branch lp:libmysql.

  • Building on Unix

    Examples of supported Unix or Unix-like operating systems include:

    • Solaris

    • Linux

    • HP-UX

    • AIX

    • OS X

    Compiler Tools

    Ideally, the native compiler tool set for the target platform is used for compilation. This would be SunStudio for Solaris and aCC for HP-UX for example. However, the GNU tool-chain can be used across all platforms.

    You also need CMake 2.6 or newer, which is available online.

    To Build

    If using GNU AutoTools change to the MySQL Connector/C source directory and follow the procedure below.

    1. To generate the makefile enter:

      shell> cmake -G "Unix Makefiles"

      or for a Debug build enter:

      shell> cmake -G "Unix Makefiles" -DCMAKE_BUILD_TYPE=Debug
    2. Then build the project using:

      shell> make

    To Install

    By default make install will install the MySQL Connector/C files in the /usr/local directory. You can change this behavior by specifying another directory when generating the makefile:

    shell> cmake -G "Unix Makefiles" -DCMAKE_INSTALL_PREFIX=/mypath

    Now, in the root shell, enter the following to install the MySQL Connector/C libraries and tools:

    root-shell> make install

    At this point all of the MySQL Connector/C files will be in place.

  • Building on Microsoft Windows

    Older versions of Microsoft Windows are not supported. Supported versions are Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows Server 2003, or Windows Server 2008.

    Compiler Tools

    Microsoft Visual Studio 8 and 9 are recommended. The Express Edition of Visual Studio and other compilers may work, but are untested.

    You also need CMake 2.6 or newer, available at http://www.cmake.org

    To Build

    You need to have the environment variables set for the Visual Studio toolchain. Visual Studio includes a batch file to set these for you, and installs a shortcut into the Start menu to open a command prompt with these variables set.

    Build MySQL Connector/C using the CMake command-line tool by entering the following from the source root directory in a command prompt window:

    shell> cmake -G "Visual Studio 9 2008"

    This produces a project file that you can open with Visual Studio or build from the command line with either of:

    shell> devenv.com libmysql.sln /build Release
    shell> devenv.com libmysql.sln /build RelWithDebInfo

    For other versions of Visual Studio or nmake based build, run the following command:

    shell> cmake --help

    to check the supported generators.

    To compile the Debug build, you must run set the CMake build type so the correct version of external libraries are used:

    shell> cmake -G "Visual Studio 8 2005" -DCMAKE_BUILD_TYPE=Debug

    Followed by:

    shell> devenv.com libmysql.sln /build Debug

    To Install

    To create a install package you can choose between two variants:

    1. Creating a Zip package

    2. Creating an MSI install package

    • Zip package

      To create a Zip package, run the cpack command from the root of your MySQL Connector/C source directory.

    • MSI Install package

      The required tools include Windows XML Installer toolset (WIX), which is available online.

      To create the MSI install package change to the subdirectory win and generate the makefile:

      shell> cmake -G "NMake Makefiles"

      Create the MSI install package by calling nmake:

      shell> nmake

Build Options

The following options can be used when building the MySQL Connector/C source code:

Build OptionDescription
-DWITH_OPENSSL=1Enables dynamic linking to the system OpenSSL library.
-DWITH_EXTERNAL_ZLIB=1Enables dynamic linking to the system Zlib library.
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