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To install the server package: yum install mysql-server

To enable MySQL on startup: chkconfig mysqld on

To start the MySQL server: service mysqld start

To set up MySQL's root user password and remove anonymous users and test database: mysql_secure_installation

Default Layout

my.cnf: /etc/my.cnf

datadir: /var/lib/mysql

socket file: /var/lib/mysql/mysql.sock

error log: /var/log/mysqld.log


Old Passwords - The default is to use OLD_PASSWORDS=1 for backwards compatibility. If you're doing a new install, you should remove this line