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Install mysql, not mariadb

Compile the AUR package

git clone
cd mysql
makepkg -si

The reason I've done that is because tools like pacman install mariadb instead, which should work just the same, but our teacher is an Oracle fan wants us to use pure mysql instead.

Install my pre-compiled binaries

This should be a lot faster than compiling from scratch...

sudo pacman -U libmysqlclient-8.0.31-1-x86_64.pkg.tar.zst mysql-clients-8.0.31-1-x86_64.pkg.tar.zst mysql-8.0.31-1-x86_64.pkg.tar.zst

Additional tooling

sudo pacman -S mysql-workbench

Initialization issues

I had permission issues, when runnning systemctl start mysqld and figured, I could fix them by reinitializing mysqld as the mysql user:

cd /var/lib
sudo rm -rf mysql
sudo mkdir mysql
sudo chown mysql:mysql mysql
sudo -u mysql bash
cd mysql
mysqld --initialize # Copied the temporary password
systemctl start mysqld
systemctl enable mysqld

Secure the installation

I ran mysql_secure_installation with the following config:

  • Entered temporary password, set a new one
  • Remove anonymouse users: y
  • Disallow root login remotely: n
  • Remove test database and access to it: y
  • Reload privilege tables now: y