Installing MySQL 5.1 on Ubuntu

I wanted to use PARTITIONING introduced in MySQL 5.1 to handle some 2 Million records (and growing everyday) in a table. Ubuntu 8.10 does not have MySQL 5.1 available if you do apt-get the latest version available is 5.0

So this is what I did, its easy and this might help somebody.

nano /etc/apt/sources.list

I prefer nano editor but you can use any editor of your choice. Add these new lines at the end of the end of the file.

deb gutsy main universe restricted multiverse
deb gutsy main universe restricted multiverse

(These packages were targeted for 7.10 so I will recommend using them and removing them from this list once you got the latest MySQL version)

Now run the following commands

apt-get update
apt-get upgrade

Note that you may need to do sudo prefix to these commands if you are using a non-root account. Now lets do the one last step, Installing MySQL 5.1

apt-get install mysql-server-5.1

Update: I have got another source to get even latest minor version of MySQL 5.1, just follow the above steps, then start over again and add following lines to “/etc/apt/sources.list” instead of the one above.

deb stable all
deb-src stable all

It worked for me on Ubuntu 8.10, im sure it will work for just any server version.

I am not a linux guru so if someone has a better option to upgrade to MySQL 5.1 or the latest version, please let me know.

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