Running MySQL 4 And MySQL 5 Concurrently

This tutorial shows how to install MySQL 5 on a system where MySQL 4 is already running. It also shows how to configure phpMyAdmin to use both databases. 

1 Download and install MySQL 5.x

Download the source code from

tar -zxvf mysql.version.tgz
cd mysql.version
./configure --prefix=/var/lib/mysql5 \
             --with-unix-socket-path=/var/lib/mysql5/mysql5.sock \
make install

2 Create an appropriate cnf/ini file so that mysql will know where to place the data files and other configuration options.

vi /etc/my5.cnf

Below is a sample file.

# Example MySQL config file for large systems.
## This is for a large system with memory = 512M where the system runs mainly MySQL.
## You can copy this file to
# /etc/my.cnf to set global options,
# mysql-data-dir/my.cnf to set server-specific options (in this
# installation this directory is /var/lib/mysql5/var) or
# ~/.my.cnf to set user-specific options.
## In this file, you can use all long options that a program supports.
# If you want to know which options a program supports, run the program
# with the "--help" option.
# The following options will be passed to all MySQL clients
#password       = your_password
#port           = 3307
#socket         = /var/lib/mysql5/mysql5.sock
# Here follows entries for some specific programs
# The MySQL server
port            = 3307
socket          = /var/lib/mysql5/mysql5.sock
key_buffer = 128M
max_allowed_packet = 1M
table_cache = 256
sort_buffer_size = 1M
read_buffer_size = 1M
read_rnd_buffer_size = 4M
myisam_sort_buffer_size = 64M
thread_cache_size = 8
query_cache_size= 16M

:wq to save the file.

Run this for install database directory.

./scripts/mysql_install_db --defaults-file=/etc/my5.cnf --user=mysql

Enter this line in /etc/rc.local to pin mysql5 when the system starts:

/var/lib/mysql5/bin/mysqld_safe --defaults-file=/etc/my5.cnf --user=mysql &

3 Now configure phpMyAdmin to access both the servers MySQL 4.x and 5.x. Below is a sample of the file.

/* Servers configuration */
$i = 0;
/* Server DiademGW_MySQL-4 (cookie) [1] */
$cfg['Servers'][$i]['host'] = 'localhost';
$cfg['Servers'][$i]['extension'] = 'mysql';
$cfg['Servers'][$i]['connect_type'] = 'tcp';
$cfg['Servers'][$i]['compress'] = false;
$cfg['Servers'][$i]['auth_type'] = 'cookie';
$cfg['Servers'][$i]['verbose'] = 'MySQL-4';
/* Server DiademGW_MySQL-5 (cookie) [2] */
$cfg['Servers'][$i]['host'] = 'localhost';
$cfg['Servers'][$i]['extension'] = 'mysql';
$cfg['Servers'][$i]['port'] = '3307';
$cfg['Servers'][$i]['socket'] = '/var/lib/mysql5/mysql5.sock'; /*actual socket path*/
$cfg['Servers'][$i]['connect_type'] = 'socket';
$cfg['Servers'][$i]['compress'] = false;
$cfg['Servers'][$i]['auth_type'] = 'cookie';
$cfg['Servers'][$i]['verbose'] = 'MySQL-5';
/* End of servers configuration */
$cfg['blowfish_secret'] = '475e8ba09cb6c4.57557095';
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