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I have an experience of setting up and running MySQL on Windows. It is really easy. I just downloaded .zip, unpacked it in C:\MySQL, placed C:\MySQL\bin to PATH and then ran the server with the command:

C:\> mysqld --console

All the databases were stored in C:\MySQL\data folder.

And I want to do the same on Xubuntu 13.04 (but kubuntu-desktop). But I don't understand how. Linux version of MySQL is different.

Here are my steps:

I downloaded MySQL Community Server from So I got this file: MySQL-5.7.1_m11-4.linux_glibc2.5.i386.rpm-bundle.tar

Then I unpacked it to /opt/mysql.

And instead of /bin directory I got 7 files there. And I don't know what to do with them now:

path: /opt/MySQL-5.7.1_m11-4.linux_glibc2.5.i386.rpm-bundle/


I suspect that MySQL-server-5.7.1_m11-4.linux_glibc2.5.i386.rpm is the MySQL DB server as I ran on Windows. But how to install it? How to run it? I don't want MySQL server to start automaticly on system boot. I want to start it manually as I did on Windows.

What do I need to do to install MySQL the same way I used it on Windows?

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You need to download the .deb file, and not .rpm. Download your desired architecture, either 32bit or 64bit. Once done, just press Ctrl+Alt+T on your keyboard to open Terminal. When it opens, navigate to the download folder (probably the Downloads Folder), and run the command(s) below:

sudo dpkg -i <package_name>.deb
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