Installing Ruby, Rails and MySQL on Fedora Core 5

July 11, 2007

A) Installing Ruby

$ yum install ruby ruby-libs ruby-mode ruby-rdoc ruby-irb ruby-ri ruby-docs

B) Install Ruby Gems

Download rubygems-0.9.4.tgz from to /tmp folder

$ tar -xvfz /tmp/rubygems-0.9.4.tgz

$cd rubygems-0.9.4

$ ruby setup.rb

C) Install Rails

$ gem install rails

D) Install MySQL

Download From mysql-community server from

I downloaded mysql-5.0.41-linux-i686-icc-glibc23.tar.gz to /tmp folder

$ groupadd mysql

$ useradd -g mysql mysql

$ cd /usr/local

$ gunzip < /tmp/mysql-5.0.41-linux-i686-icc-glibc23.tar.gz | tar xvf –

$ ln -s mysql-5.0.41-linux-i686-icc-glibc23 mysql

$ cd mysql

$ chown -R mysql .

$ chgrp -R mysql .

$ scripts/mysql_install_db –user=mysql

$ chown -R root .

$ chown -R mysql data

(See instructions if you need detailed instructions)

Now to Automatically start server at boot

$ cp mysql.server /etc/init.d/mysql

$ chmod +x /etc/init.d/mysql

$ chkconfig –add mysql

(see for detailed instructions )

Finally remove anonymous user and set password for root user

$ mysql -u root

mysql> DELETE FROM mysql.user WHERE User = ”;


mysql> UPDATE mysql.user SET Password = PASSWORD(‘yournewpwd’) WHERE User = ‘root’;


E) Installing mysql Gem

$ gem install mysql — –with-mysql-include=/usr/local/mysql/include –with-mysql-lib=/usr/local/mysql/lib

F)  Create Rails Project and Makesure it works

$ rails testproject

Now add mysql password to config/database.yml file.  And  create respecive databases in mysql.  I am assuming you, you didnt change database names in database.yml file so database names are testproject_development, testproject_test, testproject_production

$ mysql -u root -p

Enter your password

mysql > CREATE DATABASE testproject_development;

mysql > CREATE DATABASE testproject_test;

mysql > CREATE DATABASE testproject_production;

Now run cd to your project and see if this thing works

$ cd testproject

$ rake db:migrate

If you dont see errors, mean rails can see your databases.

Go ahead and develop Rails applications….


One Response to “Installing Ruby, Rails and MySQL on Fedora Core 5”

  1. Jetzz Says:

    In the Step D)Install MySQL
    I had to change the command line from scripts/mysql_install_db –user=mysql to scripts/mysql_install_db –u mysql

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