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MYSQL_CONFIG(1)              MySQL Database System             MYSQL_CONFIG(1)

       mysql_config - display options for compiling clients

       mysql_config options

       mysql_config provides you with useful information for compiling your MySQL client and connecting it to MySQL.
       It is a shell script, so it is available only on Unix and Unix-like systems.

       mysql_config supports the following options.

       ?   --cflags

           C Compiler flags to find include files and critical compiler flags and defines used when compiling the
           libmysqlclient library. The options returned are tied to the specific compiler that was used when the
           library was created and might clash with the settings for your own compiler. Use --include for more
           portable options that contain only include paths.

       ?   --cxxflags

           Like --cflags, but for C++ compiler flags. This option was added in MySQL 5.6.4.

       ?   --include

           Compiler options to find MySQL include files.

       ?   --libmysqld-libs, --embedded

           Libraries and options required to link with the MySQL embedded server.

       ?   --libs

           Libraries and options required to link with the MySQL client library.

       ?   --libs_r

           Libraries and options required to link with the thread-safe MySQL client library. In MySQL 5.6, all client
           libraries are thread-safe, so this option need not be used. The --libs option can be used in all cases.

       ?   --plugindir

           The default plugin directory path name, defined when configuring MySQL.

       ?   --port

           The default TCP/IP port number, defined when configuring MySQL.

       ?   --socket

           The default Unix socket file, defined when configuring MySQL.

       ?   --variable=var_name

           Display the value of the named configuration variable. Permitted var_name values are pkgincludedir (the
           header file directory), pkglibdir (the library directory), and plugindir (the plugin directory).

       ?   --version

           Version number for the MySQL distribution.

       If you invoke mysql_config with no options, it displays a list of all options that it supports, and their

           shell> mysql_config
           Usage: /usr/local/mysql/bin/mysql_config [options]
             --cflags         [-I/usr/local/mysql/include/mysql -mcpu=pentiumpro]
             --cxxflags       [-I/usr/local/mysql/include/mysql -mcpu=pentiumpro]
             --include        [-I/usr/local/mysql/include/mysql]
             --libs           [-L/usr/local/mysql/lib/mysql -lmysqlclient
                               -lpthread -lm -lrt -lssl -lcrypto -ldl]
             --libs_r         [-L/usr/local/mysql/lib/mysql -lmysqlclient_r
                               -lpthread -lm -lrt -lssl -lcrypto -ldl]
             --plugindir      [/usr/local/mysql/lib/plugin]
             --socket         [/tmp/mysql.sock]
             --port           [3306]
             --version        [5.6.11]
             --libmysqld-libs [-L/usr/local/mysql/lib/mysql -lmysqld
                               -lpthread -lm -lrt -lssl -lcrypto -ldl -lcrypt]
             --variable=VAR   VAR is one of:
                     pkgincludedir [/usr/local/mysql/include]
                     pkglibdir     [/usr/local/mysql/lib]
                     plugindir     [/usr/local/mysql/lib/plugin]

       You can use mysql_config within a command line using backticks to include the output that it produces for
       particular options. For example, to compile and link a MySQL client program, use mysql_config as follows:

           gcc -c 'mysql_config --cflags' progname.c
           gcc -o progname progname.o 'mysql_config --libs'

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       For more information, please refer to the MySQL Reference Manual, which may already be installed locally and
       which is also available online at

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