Running MySQL on Mac OS X
On Mac OS X, there are a handful of ways to get MySQL running. For starters, there is an optional System Preferences panel (Figure 2.15) that handles the task nicely. There is also the choice of having MySQL automatically start when you turn on your computer. You can enable this feature by checking the box in the System Preferences panel or by installing the MySQL Startup Item when you installed MySQL (see the instructions in Chapter 1). With the Startup Item, you can use the information presented in the sidebar to also control MySQL.
Figure 2.15. MySQL on Mac OS X comes with a System Preferences panel that can be used to stop and start the database server.
To run MySQL on Mac OS X: