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MariaDB An enhanced, drop-in replacement for MySQL.

In Gentoo, dev-db/mariadb is the default package for items that depend on virtual/mysql.


USE flags

USE flags for dev-db/mariadb An enhanced, drop-in replacement for MySQL

backup Build mariadb-backup which supports SST and hot backup of InnoDB, Aria and MyISAM including compression and encryption local
bindist Flag to enable or disable options for prebuilt (GRP) packages (eg. due to licensing issues) global
client-libs Build the client libraries from the server package instead of the C Connector packages local
extraengine Add support for alternative storage engines (Archive, CSV, Blackhole, Federated(X), Partition) local
galera Enables galera replication local
innodb-lz4 Enables lz4 compression methods for InnoDB/XtraDB local
innodb-lzo Enables lzo compression methods for InnoDB/XtraDB local
innodb-snappy Enables snappy compression methods for InnoDB/XtraDB using app-arch/snappy local
jdbc Enable the CONNECT engine to access foreign databases via JDBC local
latin1 Use LATIN1 encoding instead of UTF8 local
libressl Enable SSL connections and crypto functions using dev-libs/libressl local
mroonga Add support for the Mroonga engine for interfacing with the Groonga text search local
numa Enable NUMA support using sys-process/numactl (NUMA kernel support is also required) local
oqgraph Add support for the Open Query GRAPH engine local
pam Enable the optional PAM authentication plugin for the server local
profiling Add support for statement profiling (requires USE=community). local
rocksdb Add support for RocksDB; a key/value, LSM database optimized for flash storage local
server Build the server program local
sphinx Add suport for the sphinx full-text search engine local
sst-mariabackup Add tools needed to support the mariabackup SST method local
sst-rsync Add tools needed to support the rsync SST method local
sst-xtrabackup Add tools needed to support the xtrabackup and xtrabackup-v2 SST methods local
systemtap Build support for profiling and tracing using dev-util/systemtap local
test Install upstream testsuites for end use. local
tokudb Add support for TokuDB storage engine local
yassl Enable SSL connections and crypto functions using the bundled yaSSL local


Install dev-db/mariadb:

root #emerge --ask mariadb


  • OpenRC:
To have the database(s) started automatically at boot, add it to the default runlevel:
root #rc-update add mysql default
If the database is configured, start the service:
root #rc-service mysql start
  • Systemd:
  • With MariaDB < 10.1
root #systemctl enable mysqld.service
  • With MariaDB >= 10.1.8
As of MariaDB 10.1.8, it includes a notify based unit to use instead of a script to check if the system is alive.
root #systemctl enable mariadb.service


Preliminary configuration

Gentoo MariaDB package maintainers will help you set up MariaDB through the configuration option in the ebuild.

root #emerge --config dev-db/mariadb

The configuration will create a database, set proper permissions, and assist you in creating a secure root password (this is for the MariaDB root account, which is not related to the Linux root account).

In-database configuration

When the database is set up and running, connect to MariaDB using the mysql client application.

user $mysql -u root -p -h localhost
Enter root password: 
Welcome to the MariaDB monitor.  Commands end with ; or \g.
Your MariaDB connection id is 86415
Server version: 5.5.32-MariaDB-log Source distribution

Copyright (c) 2000, 2013, Oracle, Monty Program Ab and others.

Type 'help;' or '\h' for help. Type '\c' to clear the current input statement.

MariaDB [(none)]>

Custom options

Beginning with MariaDB 10.2, the configuration file my.cnf, includes a single directive to include /etc/mysql/mariadb.d and all files located within. Gentoo includes a file for server settings and one for client settings. Create your own files in this directory and they will be added together in alphabetical order. The base configuration accepts almost all the defaults and only tweaks paths. Tune your server to your liking.


Compiling against

Beginning with MariaDB 10.2, a new LGPL client library is included.

With MariaDB 10.2.8, the server and client headers were separated. This causes compilation errors in some programs which previously relied on server features.


One example is MYSQL_SERVER_VERSION. A quick fix can be:


Ultimately, MYSQL_SERVER_VERSION should be removed and use the MYSQL_VERSION_ID integer for version identification.

See also

External resources