[arch-announce] MariaDB replaces MySQL in repositories

Arch Linux: Recent news updates: Bartłomiej Piotrowski announce at archlinux.org
Mon Mar 25 16:01:02 EDT 2013

Bartłomiej Piotrowski wrote:

MariaDB is now officially our default implementation of MySQL. MariaDB is
[almost][1] a drop in replacement, so an upgrade should be possible with minimum
hassle. However, due to remaining compatibility concerns, an automatic replace
is not done.

It is recommended for all users to upgrade. MySQL will be dropped from the
repositories to the AUR in a month.

Users who want to switch will need to install `mariadb`, `libmariadbclient` or
`mariadb-clients` and execute `mysql_upgrade` in order to migrate their systems.

Migration example:

    # systemctl stop mysqld

    # pacman -S mariadb libmariadbclient mariadb-clients

    # systemctl start mysqld

    # mysql_upgrade -p

`percona-server` is another MySQL fork available in [community]. It should be
closer to Oracle MySQL Enterprise, but is missing the new features included in

Together with `mysql 5.5.30-7` in [extra], all packages depending on it have
been rebuilt against their MariaDB counterparts. Other package maintainers
should move their dependencies to the MariaDB packages.

More information can be found on our [mailing list][2].

   [1]: https://kb.askmonty.org/en/mariadb-vs-mysql-compatibility/

   [2]: https://mailman.archlinux.org/pipermail/arch-dev-

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