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libmysql-dev missing on a webhoster when trying to install mysql-python

can be a pain in the arse . . .
As I had to do this a couple of times lately, here is a annotated snippet of my bash history. This is mainly a “note to self”:

#install virtenv
curl -O https://pypi.python.org/packages/source/v/virtualenv/virtualenv-1.9.1.tar.gz
tar xvfz virtualenv-1.9.1.tar.gz
mkdir src app bak
mv virtualenv-1.9.1.tar.gz bak/
mv virtualenv-1.9.1 src/
python src/virtualenv-1.9.1/virtualenv.py app/
. ./app/bin/activate
# try to install - it will fail with missing libmysqlclient headers and stuff
pip install mysql-python
uname -a
cd src/
# get the package we cannot install (no root/sudo) 
wget http://security.debian.org/debian-security/pool/updates/main/m/mysql-5.1/libmysqlclient-dev_5.1.66-0+squeeze1_amd64.deb
ar x libmysqlclient-dev_5.1.66-0+squeeze1_amd64.deb
mkdir libmysqlclient-dev
mv control.tar.gz libmysqlclient-dev/
mv data.tar.gz libmysqlclient-dev/
mv libmysqlclient-dev_5.1.66-0+squeeze1_amd64.deb libmysqlclient-dev/
cd libmysqlclient-dev/
tar -xzf data.tar.gz
cd usr/
cd bin/
cp mysql_config /home/william/app/bin/
cd ..
cd include/
cp -a mysql /home/william/app/include/
cd ..
cd lib/
cp -a * /home/william/app/lib/
cd ..
cp -a share /home/william/app/
cd ~
vim .bashrc
#[logout and in to activate bashrc changes]
. ./app/bin/activate
#try again - it will report the missing libs that cat be found in /usr/lib
pip install mysql-python
cd app/lib/mysql/
cp /usr/lib/libmysqlclient* ./
cd ~
# try a third and hopefully last time
pip install mysql-python


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  1. September 19th, 2014 at 04:38 | #1

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