Creating A Portable MySQL On CentOS 6 And Ubuntu 11.10 Linux From Sources

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This tutorial shows how to create a portable MySQL installation on GNU/Linux. At the end of this guide you will obtain a portable MySQL installation on a target directory with its own databases, binaries, logs, pid files, etc. Consider always the use of a permission preserving packaging (like TAR) for moving the installation between systems or removable storages.

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