2.15 Perl Installation Notes

2.15.1 Installing Perl on Unix
2.15.2 Installing ActiveState Perl on Windows
2.15.3 Problems Using the Perl DBI/DBD Interface

The Perl DBI module provides a generic interface for database access. You can write a DBI script that works with many different database engines without change. To use DBI, you must install the DBI module, as well as a DataBase Driver (DBD) module for each type of database server you want to access. For MySQL, this driver is the DBD::mysql module.

Perl, and the DBD::MySQL module for DBI must be installed if you want to run the MySQL benchmark scripts; see Section 8.13.2, “The MySQL Benchmark Suite”. They are also required for the MySQL Cluster ndb_size.pl utility; see Section 17.4.24, “ndb_size.pl — NDBCLUSTER Size Requirement Estimator”.


Perl support is not included with MySQL distributions. You can obtain the necessary modules from http://search.cpan.org for Unix, or by using the ActiveState ppm program on Windows. The following sections describe how to do this.

The DBI/DBD interface requires Perl 5.6.0, and 5.6.1 or later is preferred. DBI does not work if you have an older version of Perl. You should use DBD::mysql 4.009 or higher. Although earlier versions are available, they do not support the full functionality of MySQL 5.1.