After trying to help out Michael with a flaky mySQL install on his PowerBook (we also went through my PHP HOWTO and revised it for Panther), I have found that the current mySQL 4.1.1-alpha does not install correctly on Mac OS X. It might be a packaging issue or an install script bug, but the fact is that it had incorrect table permissions (and what looked like a buggy default database) and wasn't easily fixable.
I didn't want Michael to be running something liable to give him trouble later and the Fink package wasn't an option at this point (too much extra cruft), so I went out and looked at the Server Logistics Complete mySQL package, which has a number of neat aspects:
- Painless installation of 4.0.15 (reasonably up to date)
- Has a very nice, simple yet detailed installation PDF with uninstall notes (always a plus if you want to upgrade later)
- Bundles a nice Preference Pane to start, stop and (re-)initialize mySQL (as well as a quick way to change the root password).