I'm trying to install something on my server that requires mysqlclient, but looking at my RPM package list I have it ("MySQL-client-5.0.91-0.glibc23"). Doing a locate on libmysqlclient gives me this:

[[email protected]] ~ >> locate libmysqlclient

For some reason it looks like I'm missing libmysqlclient.so.16. Does anyone know why this could be? How do I go about getting it? I'm currently running CentOS 5.

Thanks a lot.

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libmysqlclient.so.16 is provided by MySQL 5.1 packages. There are two solutions here:

  1. Install MySQL 5.1 from a third party repository;
  2. Install the package with --nodeps and see if it can work with MySQL 5.0 instead of 5.1 .
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    Re 2: No, if a library is listed as a requirement then it really is needed. Oct 20, 2010 at 8:18
  • The other way of looking at this is that the package you're trying to install isn't intended for use on CentOS/RHEL 5. Where did the package come from, and does the vendor / distributor / project provide one intended for CentOS5? The software may not actually need MySQL 5.1 / libmysqlclient-16 features, but the package requires them because it's intended for use on, eg, Fedora 13, which has that version; in that case, a package intended for CentOS5 may exist. If the software really does need MySQL 5.1, then your options are to install a second MySQL or wait for CentOS 6 (any day now!).
    – MadHatter
    Oct 20, 2010 at 8:53
  • @Ignacio : In my experience it depends on the quality of the package. It might be that it simply describes what the packager has been able to test on. Not all packages are RHEL-quality. Oct 20, 2010 at 8:57
  • @Robert: In about 99.99% of the cases where a library is listed as a requirement, it is there because rpmbuild itself detected, via ldd or objdump, that the library is needed by a binary at load time. Oct 20, 2010 at 9:02
  • @Ignacio: But doesn't that depend on the local setup of the packager? If it finds libmysqlclient.so.16 , it has no way of knowing whether a plain libmysqlclient.so will work or not. Oct 20, 2010 at 9:05

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