If you install MySQL using a binary tarball distribution on Solaris, you may run into trouble even before you get the MySQL distribution unpacked, as the Solaris tar cannot handle long filenames. This means that you may see errors when you try to unpack MySQL.
If this occurs, you must use GNU tar (gtar) to unpack the distribution. You can find a precompiled copy for Solaris at http://dev.mysql.com/downloads/os-solaris.html.
You can install MySQL on Solaris using a binary package in PKG
format instead of the binary tarball distribution. Before
installing using the binary PKG format, you should create the
mysql user and group, for example:
groupadd mysql useradd -g mysql mysql
Some basic PKG-handling commands follow:
To add a package:
To remove a package:
To get a full list of installed packages:
To get detailed information for a package:
To list the files belonging to a package:
To get packaging information for an arbitrary file:
pkgchk -l -p
For additional information about installing MySQL on Solaris, see Section 2.13.3, “Solaris Notes”.