MySQL installation problem


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I went to:

downloaded the MySQL package, installed it and followed the instructions. However, I can never get any further than the

sudo chown -R mysql /usr/local/var/

step :-(
I always get an error message saying:

chown: mysql: invalid user name

What am I doing wrong? What should I be doing?
What does this command do?

I hope there is help somewhere on the horizon!


My guess is that you don't have the mysql user set up in netinfo. Check out this link to see how to set that up. Hope this helps!
I don't know if you've gotten your answer yet but I'd bet you still need to create the MySQL User:

Create a new user in the "Users" System Prefs pane:
Name: "MySQL User"
Short Name: "mysql"
Password: whatever you want

Hope this helps ...
I prefer to compile (since I use a prper user unlike that article telling you to create a user using system prefs).