Since version 3.23.19, MySQL is licensed under GPL (both under Linux and Windows), which means it can be used for free.
MySQL for Windows is available for free download on MySQL.com.
The second file is only needed for Windows 95. It will allow you to install the ODBC drivers (.dll files) for MySQL.
The installation is not complicated, just read the onscreen instructions
Once installed, launch MySQL is from a MS-DOS window:
- mysqld (or mysqld-opt) or
- mysql-shareware (depending on your version).
allows, for example, to have the MySQL messages in French.
prevent the use the MySQL privileges.
to never resolve hostnames.
to specify the port number.
Here is an example command line to start MySQL:
c:\mysql\bin\mysqld-opt --skip-name-resolve --skip-grant-tables
To close MySQL:
C:\mysql\bin\mysqladmin -u root shutdown
It may be practical to create two batch files (.bat extension) in the MySQL bin directory to run the above commands.
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