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MySQL Gem and Rails 3.0beta4 issues

Last updated on July 22, 2010

If you are running OS 10.6 (Snow Leopard) and you are having problems installing the mysql gem via bundler, there may be a simple fix.

While fooling around with bundler/macports, I was having an issue where bundler would throw an exception:

ERROR:  Error installing mysql:
ERROR: Failed to build gem native extension.
/System/Library/Frameworks/Ruby.framework/Versions/1.8/usr/bin/ruby extconf.rb
extconf.rb:10: command not found: /opt/local/bin/mysql_config5 –cflags
ERROR:  Error installing mysql:        ERROR: Failed to build gem native extension.
/System/Library/Frameworks/Ruby.framework/Versions/1.8/usr/bin/ruby extconf.rbextconf.rb:10: command not found: /opt/local/bin/mysql_config5 –cflags

It took me a good 5 minutes of tracking down the problem to find out that /opt/local/bin/mysql_config5 was a symlink to /opt/local/lib/mysql5/bin/mysql_config, and that for some reason, while the file was there and filled with delicious code, it wasn’t executable.
One sudo chmod +x later, the mysql gem installs like a charm.

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