Dramatis Personae (dramatis) wrote in lj_everywhere,
Dramatis Personae

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Alright... have mercy on me, I know the answer to this is probably somewhere in the man pages, but the documentation I've looked at so far has not only been completely unhelpful, it's left me with my eyes crossed and my head spinning.

I'm trying to set up my own LJ instance on my server. However, I'm having a huge problem with Perl and mysql. Namely, DBD::mysql refuses to install, citing in every single test that it can't connect to the local MySQL server through the socket '/var/run/mysqld/mysqld.sock'.

I've looked in the man pages for perl, the perldoc for this module, the man page for mysql... erk. Whenever I try to interface with mysql at all, it gives me the same error. Am I on crack, or is it telling me that it can't start the server because the server isn't started?

I run Gentoo Linux and am using Perl 5.8.0 and MySQL 3.23.56. Any help is greatly appreciated.

I'm also having a small issue installing the GD modules, but I'm going to not be quite as annoying as I probably could be and keep it to one problem at a time. :-)


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