When installing the mysql gem you might get this:
Building native extensions. This could take a while… ERROR: Error installing mysql: ERROR: Failed to build gem native extension.
the fix is easy but you are going to need the mysql-devel package if you are on redhat then do this:
yum install mysql-devel
Now you can install the mysql driver like this:
gem install mysql — –with-mysql-config=`which mysql_config`
To test the driver us the rails console:
# ruby script/console
>> require ‘mysql’
>> puts Mysql::VERSION
This should give you the 20700 version. (As of Jan 2007 thats the latest version.)Now enjoy the speed.