Changing from database sqlite3 to mysql - windows

Hi Guys

I’d like to know how to change from using sqlite3 to mysql. I’m
running windows xp. What is the command that I must type under my
application folder? How to I log into the mysql database afterwards?

My database.yml file contents at the moment are:

SQLite version 3.x

gem install sqlite3-ruby (not necessary on OS X Leopard)

development:
adapter: sqlite3
database: db/development.sqlite3
pool: 5
timeout: 5000

Warning: The database defined as “test” will be erased and

re-generated from your development database when you run “rake”.

Do not set this db to the same as development or production.

test:
adapter: sqlite3
database: db/test.sqlite3
pool: 5
timeout: 5000

production:
adapter: sqlite3
database: db/production.sqlite3
pool: 5
timeout: 5000

Thanks in advance.

Wal T

On Aug 6, 4:10 pm, WalT [email protected] wrote:

Hi Guys

I’d like to know how to change from using sqlite3 to mysql. I’m
running windows xp. What is the command that I must type under my
application folder? How to I log into the mysql database afterwards?

Assuming you have MySQL Community Server for Windows installed already
(if not, go to mysql.com to download it), then change your
database.yml sections to look like this, for example:

development:
adapter: mysql
encoding: utf8
reconnect: false
database: hockey_development
pool: 5
username: root
password:
host: localhost

Of course you want to change the database name, username, and password
as needed (use the same username and password as you did when you
installed the mysql server).

And for future rails apps, you can have rails build this for
automatically:

C:\dev> rails myapp -d mysql

Hope this helps?

Jeff

book: Rails for .NET Developers: www.pragprog.com/titles/cerailn
blog: softiesonrails.com
web: purpleworkshops.com

Hi Jeff

Thanks for your reply.

Yes I installed the MySQL Community Server for Windows.

I’m still struggling to check if mysql is installed for ruby.

I installed mysql in the g:\program files\mysql directory & ruby on
rails is installed in the g:\ruby directory. I’m running my
music_library app in the g:\rails\rails_apps\music_library directory.

Now the updated database.yml file says:

On Windows:

gem install mysql

Choose the win32 build.

Install MySQL and put its /bin directory on your path.

So I tried this command:
G:\Rails\rails_apps>gem install mysql

and I get:
Successfully installed mysql-2.7.3-x86-mswin32
1 gem installed
Installing ri documentation for mysql-2.7.3-x86-mswin32…
Installing RDoc documentation for mysql-2.7.3-x86-mswin32…
ERROR: While generating documentation for mysql-2.7.3-x86-mswin32
… MESSAGE: Unhandled special: Special: type=17, text=""
… RDOC args: --op g:/Ruby/lib/ruby/gems/1.8/doc/mysql-2.7.3-x86-
mswin32/rdoc -
-exclude ext --main README --quiet ext README docs/README.html
(continuing with the rest of the installation)

I’m not sure what it means by “put its /bin directory on your path”
and I tried to copy the bin directory from the G:\Program Files\MySQL
\MySQL Server 5.1 directory to the G:\Rails\rails_apps\music_library
directory and run the following command to check if mysql is running
ok:

G:\Rails\rails_apps>mysql -v
and I get the error:
‘mysql’ is not recognized as an internal or external command,
operable program or batch file.

Please help - where am I going wrong?

Thanks

Wal T

Somewhere inside the mysql directory

Do you mean mysql folder under G:\Rails\rails_apps\music_library? This
is where I’m running my music_library application.

That comment is

telling you to add that path to the environment variable called PATH

I don’t understand what you are saying here. Sorry I’m new to RoR.

OK I’ve tried:

G:\Rails\rails_apps\music_library>ruby mysql -v (since I noticed on
windows one has to type ‘ruby’ first to run some commands.

and I get:
ruby: Permission denied – mysql (LoadError)

On Aug 7, 10:31 am, Frederick C. [email protected]

WalT wrote:

Somewhere inside the mysql directory

Do you mean mysql folder under G:\Rails\rails_apps\music_library? This
is where I’m running my music_library application.

No, he means the directory where mySQL is installed.

That comment is

telling you to add that path to the environment variable called PATH

I don’t understand what you are saying here. Sorry I’m new to RoR.

This has nothing to do with Rails. It’s a basic Windows (and Un*x)
concept. Go learn about it; this is elementary and you need to know.

OK I’ve tried:

G:\Rails\rails_apps\music_library>ruby mysql -v (since I noticed on
windows one has to type ‘ruby’ first to run some commands.

and I get:
ruby: Permission denied – mysql (LoadError)

That won’t help. The mySQL server is not a Ruby script.

(But in my opinion, you shouldn’t use mySQL. PostgreSQL is a much
better database server. For most projects, there is no reason at all to
even consider mySQL.)

Best,

Marnen Laibow-Koser
http://www.marnen.org
[email protected]

On Aug 7, 9:08 am, WalT [email protected] wrote:

operable program or batch file.

Somewhere inside the mysql directory there is a folder called bin with
the mysql command line utility and various DLLs. That comment is
telling you to add that path to the environment variable called PATH
(which has the effect that windows will look in that folder when it
tries to find what application it should run when you type mysql) If
my windows memory is correct you can edit environment variables from
somewhere in the control panel.

Fred

On Fri, Aug 7, 2009 at 12:14 PM, WalT[email protected] wrote:

That comment is

telling you to add that path to the environment variable called PATH

I don’t understand what you are saying here. Sorry I’m new to RoR.

This has nothing to do with Rails. It’s a basic Windows (and Un*x)
concept. Go learn about it; this is elementary and you need to know.

I disagree - this is not a windows concept. It’s a ruby concept.

Then you are spectacularly wrong. Setting the proper value to your
PATH variable is a basic task for anyone who intends to program.

someone else please help me to use mysql with ruby? I can see that
under directory G:\Rails\rails_apps\music_library\config there’s a
file called environment.rb and its contents are:

irrelevant. As you’ve already been told, config/database.yml is the
file with your database settings.

Why keep asking if you’re not going to take any advice? :slight_smile:


Hassan S. ------------------------ [email protected]
twitter: @hassan

No, he means the directory where mySQL is installed.

I mentioned above that there’s a bin folder in the directory where
mysql is installed: G:\Program Files\MySQL
\MySQL Server 5.1.

That comment is

telling you to add that path to the environment variable called PATH

I don’t understand what you are saying here. Sorry I’m new to RoR.

This has nothing to do with Rails. It’s a basic Windows (and Un*x)
concept. Go learn about it; this is elementary and you need to know.

I disagree - this is not a windows concept. It’s a ruby concept. Can
someone else please help me to use mysql with ruby? I can see that
under directory G:\Rails\rails_apps\music_library\config there’s a
file called environment.rb and its contents are:

Be sure to restart your server when you modify this file

Specifies gem version of Rails to use when vendor/rails is not

present
RAILS_GEM_VERSION = ‘2.3.3’ unless defined? RAILS_GEM_VERSION

Bootstrap the Rails environment, frameworks, and default

configuration
require File.join(File.dirname(FILE), ‘boot’)

Rails::Initializer.run do |config|

Settings in config/environments/* take precedence over those

specified here.

Application configuration should go into files in config/

initializers

– all .rb files in that directory are automatically loaded.

Add additional load paths for your own custom dirs

config.load_paths += %W( #{RAILS_ROOT}/extras )

Specify gems that this application depends on and have them

installed with rake gems:install

config.gem “bj”

config.gem “hpricot”, :version => ‘0.6’, :source => "http://

code.whytheluckystiff.net"

config.gem “sqlite3-ruby”, :lib => “sqlite3”

config.gem “aws-s3”, :lib => “aws/s3”

Only load the plugins named here, in the order given (default is

alphabetical).

:all can be used as a placeholder for all plugins not explicitly

named

config.plugins =

[ :exception_notification, :ssl_requirement, :all ]

Skip frameworks you’re not going to use. To use Rails without a

database,

you must remove the Active Record framework.

config.frameworks -=

[ :active_record, :active_resource, :action_mailer ]

Activate observers that should always be running

config.active_record.observers

= :cacher, :garbage_collector, :forum_observer

Set Time.zone default to the specified zone and make Active Record

auto-convert to this zone.

Run “rake -D time” for a list of tasks for finding time zone

names.
config.time_zone = ‘UTC’

The default locale is :en and all translations from config/locales/

*.rb,yml are auto loaded.

config.i18n.load_path += Dir[Rails.root.join(‘my’, ‘locales’, '*.

{rb,yml}’)]

config.i18n.default_locale = :de

end

Please guys I already know how to use mysql syntax to “talk” to a
database, I just don’t know how to “tell” ruby to use mysql instead of
sqlite3.

Thanks

On Aug 7, 3:54 pm, Marnen Laibow-Koser <rails-mailing-l…@andreas-

No, he means the directory where mySQL is installed.

I mentioned above that there’s a bin folder in the directory where
mysql is installed: G:\Program Files\MySQL
\MySQL Server 5.1.

That comment is

telling you to add that path to the environment variable called PATH

I don’t understand what you are saying here. Sorry I’m new to RoR.

This has nothing to do with Rails. It’s a basic Windows (and Un*x)
concept. Go learn about it; this is elementary and you need to know.

I disagree - this is not a windows concept. It’s a ruby concept. Can
someone else please help me to use mysql with ruby? I can see that
under directory G:\Rails\rails_apps\music_library\config there’s a
file called environment.rb and its contents are:

Be sure to restart your server when you modify this file

Specifies gem version of Rails to use when vendor/rails is not

present
RAILS_GEM_VERSION = ‘2.3.3’ unless defined? RAILS_GEM_VERSION

Bootstrap the Rails environment, frameworks, and default

configuration
require File.join(File.dirname(FILE), ‘boot’)

Rails::Initializer.run do |config|

Settings in config/environments/* take precedence over those

specified here.

Application configuration should go into files in config/

initializers

– all .rb files in that directory are automatically loaded.

Add additional load paths for your own custom dirs

config.load_paths += %W( #{RAILS_ROOT}/extras )

Specify gems that this application depends on and have them

installed with rake gems:install

config.gem “bj”

config.gem “hpricot”, :version => ‘0.6’, :source => "http://

code.whytheluckystiff.net"

config.gem “sqlite3-ruby”, :lib => “sqlite3”

config.gem “aws-s3”, :lib => “aws/s3”

Only load the plugins named here, in the order given (default is

alphabetical).

:all can be used as a placeholder for all plugins not explicitly

named

config.plugins =

[ :exception_notification, :ssl_requirement, :all ]

Skip frameworks you’re not going to use. To use Rails without a

database,

you must remove the Active Record framework.

config.frameworks -=

[ :active_record, :active_resource, :action_mailer ]

Activate observers that should always be running

config.active_record.observers

= :cacher, :garbage_collector, :forum_observer

Set Time.zone default to the specified zone and make Active Record

auto-convert to this zone.

Run “rake -D time” for a list of tasks for finding time zone

names.
config.time_zone = ‘UTC’

The default locale is :en and all translations from config/locales/

*.rb,yml are auto loaded.

config.i18n.load_path += Dir[Rails.root.join(‘my’, ‘locales’, '*.

{rb,yml}’)]

config.i18n.default_locale = :de

end

Please guys I already know how to use mysql syntax to “talk” to a
database, I just don’t know how to “tell” ruby to use mysql instead of
sqlite3.

Thanks

On Aug 7, 3:54 pm, Marnen Laibow-Koser <rails-mailing-l…@andreas-

Then you are spectacularly wrong. Setting the proper value to your

PATH variable is a basic task for anyone who intends to program.

Why keep asking if you’re not going to take any advice? :slight_smile:

I can only take the right advise… I took Jeff’s advise to change the
database.yml file.

What OS are you using? Under windows, under control panel, there’s no
path variable setting. If there is, please tell me where? I’m a web
developer and not a programmer :wink:

As you’ve already been told, config/database.yml is the

file with your database settings.

I have already changed my database.yml file as follows, as per Jeff’s
advise:

MySQL. Versions 4.1 and 5.0 are recommended.

Install the MySQL driver:

gem install mysql

On Mac OS X:

sudo gem install mysql – --with-mysql-dir=/usr/local/mysql

On Mac OS X Leopard:

sudo env ARCHFLAGS="-arch i386" gem install mysql – --with-mysql-

config=/usr/local/mysql/bin/mysql_config

This sets the ARCHFLAGS environment variable to your native

architecture

On Windows:

gem install mysql

Choose the win32 build.

Install MySQL and put its /bin directory on your path.

And be sure to use new-style password hashing:

http://dev.mysql.com/doc/refman/5.0/en/old-client.html

development:
adapter: mysql
encoding: utf8
reconnect: false
database: music_library_development
pool: 5
username: root
password:
host: localhost

Warning: The database defined as “test” will be erased and

re-generated from your development database when you run “rake”.

Do not set this db to the same as development or production.

test:
adapter: mysql
encoding: utf8
reconnect: false
database: music_library_test
pool: 5
username: root
password:
host: localhost

production:
adapter: mysql
encoding: utf8
reconnect: false
database: music_library_production
pool: 5
username: root
password:
host: localhost

Please some of us a new to Ruby, so you have to speak in laymen’s
terms so we can follow you.

All I need to know is: how to “tell” ruby to use mysql?

On Aug 7, 9:27 pm, Hassan S. [email protected]

Then you are spectacularly wrong. Setting the proper value to your

PATH variable is a basic task for anyone who intends to program.

Why keep asking if you’re not going to take any advice? :slight_smile:

I can only take the right advise… I took Jeff’s advise to change the
database.yml file.

What OS are you using? Under windows, under control panel, there’s no
path variable setting. If there is, please tell me where? I’m a web
developer and not a programmer :wink:

As you’ve already been told, config/database.yml is the

file with your database settings.

I have already changed my database.yml file as follows, as per Jeff’s
advise:

MySQL. Versions 4.1 and 5.0 are recommended.

Install the MySQL driver:

gem install mysql

On Mac OS X:

sudo gem install mysql – --with-mysql-dir=/usr/local/mysql

On Mac OS X Leopard:

sudo env ARCHFLAGS="-arch i386" gem install mysql – --with-mysql-

config=/usr/local/mysql/bin/mysql_config

This sets the ARCHFLAGS environment variable to your native

architecture

On Windows:

gem install mysql

Choose the win32 build.

Install MySQL and put its /bin directory on your path.

And be sure to use new-style password hashing:

http://dev.mysql.com/doc/refman/5.0/en/old-client.html

development:
adapter: mysql
encoding: utf8
reconnect: false
database: music_library_development
pool: 5
username: root
password:
host: localhost

Warning: The database defined as “test” will be erased and

re-generated from your development database when you run “rake”.

Do not set this db to the same as development or production.

test:
adapter: mysql
encoding: utf8
reconnect: false
database: music_library_test
pool: 5
username: root
password:
host: localhost

production:
adapter: mysql
encoding: utf8
reconnect: false
database: music_library_production
pool: 5
username: root
password:
host: localhost

Please some of us a new to Ruby, so you have to speak in laymen’s
terms so we can follow you.

All I need to know is: how to “tell” ruby to use mysql?

On Aug 7, 9:27 pm, Hassan S. [email protected]

Then you are spectacularly wrong. Setting the proper value to your

PATH variable is a basic task for anyone who intends to program.

Why keep asking if you’re not going to take any advice? :slight_smile:

I can only take the right advise… I took Jeff’s advise to change the
database.yml file.

What OS are you using? Under windows, under control panel, there’s no
path variable setting. If there is, please tell me where? I’m a web
developer and not a programmer :wink:

As you’ve already been told, config/database.yml is the

file with your database settings.

I have already changed my database.yml file as follows, as per Jeff’s
advise:

MySQL. Versions 4.1 and 5.0 are recommended.

Install the MySQL driver:

gem install mysql

On Mac OS X:

sudo gem install mysql – --with-mysql-dir=/usr/local/mysql

On Mac OS X Leopard:

sudo env ARCHFLAGS="-arch i386" gem install mysql – --with-mysql-

config=/usr/local/mysql/bin/mysql_config

This sets the ARCHFLAGS environment variable to your native

architecture

On Windows:

gem install mysql

Choose the win32 build.

Install MySQL and put its /bin directory on your path.

And be sure to use new-style password hashing:

http://dev.mysql.com/doc/refman/5.0/en/old-client.html

development:
adapter: mysql
encoding: utf8
reconnect: false
database: music_library_development
pool: 5
username: root
password:
host: localhost

Warning: The database defined as “test” will be erased and

re-generated from your development database when you run “rake”.

Do not set this db to the same as development or production.

test:
adapter: mysql
encoding: utf8
reconnect: false
database: music_library_test
pool: 5
username: root
password:
host: localhost

production:
adapter: mysql
encoding: utf8
reconnect: false
database: music_library_production
pool: 5
username: root
password:
host: localhost

Please some of us a new to Ruby, so you have to speak in laymen’s
terms so we can follow you.

All I need to know is: how to “tell” ruby to use mysql?

On Aug 7, 9:27 pm, Hassan S. [email protected]

Then you are spectacularly wrong. Setting the proper value to your

PATH variable is a basic task for anyone who intends to program.

Why keep asking if you’re not going to take any advice? :slight_smile:

I can only take the right advise… I took Jeff’s advise to change the
database.yml file.

What OS are you using? Under windows, under control panel, there’s no
path variable setting. If there is, please tell me where? I’m a web
developer and not a programmer :wink:

As you’ve already been told, config/database.yml is the

file with your database settings.

I have already changed my database.yml file as follows, as per Jeff’s
advise:

MySQL. Versions 4.1 and 5.0 are recommended.

Install the MySQL driver:

gem install mysql

On Mac OS X:

sudo gem install mysql – --with-mysql-dir=/usr/local/mysql

On Mac OS X Leopard:

sudo env ARCHFLAGS="-arch i386" gem install mysql – --with-mysql-

config=/usr/local/mysql/bin/mysql_config

This sets the ARCHFLAGS environment variable to your native

architecture

On Windows:

gem install mysql

Choose the win32 build.

Install MySQL and put its /bin directory on your path.

And be sure to use new-style password hashing:

http://dev.mysql.com/doc/refman/5.0/en/old-client.html

development:
adapter: mysql
encoding: utf8
reconnect: false
database: music_library_development
pool: 5
username: root
password:
host: localhost

Warning: The database defined as “test” will be erased and

re-generated from your development database when you run “rake”.

Do not set this db to the same as development or production.

test:
adapter: mysql
encoding: utf8
reconnect: false
database: music_library_test
pool: 5
username: root
password:
host: localhost

production:
adapter: mysql
encoding: utf8
reconnect: false
database: music_library_production
pool: 5
username: root
password:
host: localhost

Please some of us a new to Ruby, so you have to speak in laymen’s
terms so we can follow you.

All I need to know is: how to “tell” ruby to use mysql?

On Aug 7, 9:27 pm, Hassan S. [email protected]

Then you are spectacularly wrong. Setting the proper value to your

PATH variable is a basic task for anyone who intends to program.

Why keep asking if you’re not going to take any advice? :slight_smile:

I can only take the right advise… I took Jeff’s advise to change the
database.yml file.

What OS are you using? Under windows, under control panel, there’s no
path variable setting. If there is, please tell me where? I’m a web
developer and not a programmer :wink:

As you’ve already been told, config/database.yml is the

file with your database settings.

I have already changed my database.yml file as follows, as per Jeff’s
advise:

MySQL. Versions 4.1 and 5.0 are recommended.

Install the MySQL driver:

gem install mysql

On Mac OS X:

sudo gem install mysql – --with-mysql-dir=/usr/local/mysql

On Mac OS X Leopard:

sudo env ARCHFLAGS="-arch i386" gem install mysql – --with-mysql-

config=/usr/local/mysql/bin/mysql_config

This sets the ARCHFLAGS environment variable to your native

architecture

On Windows:

gem install mysql

Choose the win32 build.

Install MySQL and put its /bin directory on your path.

And be sure to use new-style password hashing:

http://dev.mysql.com/doc/refman/5.0/en/old-client.html

development:
adapter: mysql
encoding: utf8
reconnect: false
database: music_library_development
pool: 5
username: root
password:
host: localhost

Warning: The database defined as “test” will be erased and

re-generated from your development database when you run “rake”.

Do not set this db to the same as development or production.

test:
adapter: mysql
encoding: utf8
reconnect: false
database: music_library_test
pool: 5
username: root
password:
host: localhost

production:
adapter: mysql
encoding: utf8
reconnect: false
database: music_library_production
pool: 5
username: root
password:
host: localhost

Please some of us a new to Ruby, so you have to speak in laymen’s
terms so we can follow you.

All I need to know is: how to “tell” ruby to use mysql?

On Aug 7, 9:27 pm, Hassan S. [email protected]

Then you are spectacularly wrong. Setting the proper value to your

PATH variable is a basic task for anyone who intends to program.

Why keep asking if you’re not going to take any advice? :slight_smile:

I can only take the right advise… I took Jeff’s advise to change the
database.yml file.

What OS are you using? Under windows, under control panel, there’s no
path variable setting. If there is, please tell me where? I’m a web
developer and not a programmer :wink:

As you’ve already been told, config/database.yml is the

file with your database settings.

I have already changed my database.yml file as follows, as per Jeff’s
advise:

MySQL. Versions 4.1 and 5.0 are recommended.

Install the MySQL driver:

gem install mysql

On Mac OS X:

sudo gem install mysql – --with-mysql-dir=/usr/local/mysql

On Mac OS X Leopard:

sudo env ARCHFLAGS="-arch i386" gem install mysql – --with-mysql-

config=/usr/local/mysql/bin/mysql_config

This sets the ARCHFLAGS environment variable to your native

architecture

On Windows:

gem install mysql

Choose the win32 build.

Install MySQL and put its /bin directory on your path.

And be sure to use new-style password hashing:

http://dev.mysql.com/doc/refman/5.0/en/old-client.html

development:
adapter: mysql
encoding: utf8
reconnect: false
database: music_library_development
pool: 5
username: root
password:
host: localhost

Warning: The database defined as “test” will be erased and

re-generated from your development database when you run “rake”.

Do not set this db to the same as development or production.

test:
adapter: mysql
encoding: utf8
reconnect: false
database: music_library_test
pool: 5
username: root
password:
host: localhost

production:
adapter: mysql
encoding: utf8
reconnect: false
database: music_library_production
pool: 5
username: root
password:
host: localhost

Please some of us a new to Ruby, so you have to speak in laymen’s
terms so we can follow you.

All I need to know is: how to “tell” ruby to use mysql?

On Aug 7, 9:27 pm, Hassan S. [email protected]

I’ll try again…

Walt, when you say that this happened:

G:\Rails\rails_apps>mysql -v
and I get the error:
‘mysql’ is not recognized as an internal or external command,
operable program or batch file.

then it means that Windows is telling you that it can’t find the
“mysql” program, right?

And if that’s true, then Ruby also has no way to talk to mysql
either. Hence all the advice about making sure that the mysql.exe is
in your PATH. If you’re not sure how to find mysql.exe or adjust your
PATH, you’ll need to ask for basic Windows help, which is beyond the
scope of this forum

However, assuming this all makes sense to you now, I’d suggest:

  1. Adjust your PATH so that you can successfully run “mysql -v”
  2. Re-installing the mysql gem: hopefully now it can find the
    mysql.exe binary in your path

Does that make sense?

Thanks
Jeff

purpleworkshops.com
softiesonrails.com
pragprog.com/titles/cerailn

On Fri, Aug 7, 2009 at 12:41 PM, WalT[email protected] wrote:

What OS are you using? Under windows, under control panel, there’s no
path variable setting.

Au contraire – google set windows PATH for lots of instructions.


Hassan S. ------------------------ [email protected]
twitter: @hassan

To all the guys using Windows OS and want to use mysql as your
database:

I went around all the forums of ruby that I could find on the internet
and I’m glad I got the answer that I was looking for:

The path that I was looking for was G:\Ruby\bin. Ignore the wording
‘add that path to the environment variable called PATH’ cos it’s just
not in laymen’s term for me.

All I needed to do was to copy the files from G:\Rails\mysql\bin
directory (windows explorer) to the directory G:\Ruby\bin as they are.
I had to look for the file libmySQL.dll from google and download it as
this was missing when I installed mysql from the command ‘gem install
mysql’.

I copied all the files including mysql.exe, mysqladmin.exe and
libmySQL.dll to the directory G:\Ruby\bin. These files are also
available from the directory where you installed mysql on its own.

Then I tried again the command mysql -v and I got
ERROR 1045 (28000): Access denied for user ‘ODBC’@‘localhost’ (using
password: NO)

Now I knew I was close to solving the problem, so I knew it is the
logging in issue that’s left to be solved. so I typed in

mysql -u root --password=*** music_library_development and I got:
Welcome to the MySQL monitor. Commands end with ; or \g.
Your MySQL connection id is 15 to server version: 5.1.36-community

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Thanks to all the guys that helped in this forum - just bear in mind
that some of us are beginners and do not know all the ruby terms so we
need plain old English to survive :wink:

WalT wrote:

To all the guys using Windows OS and want to use mysql as your
database:

I went around all the forums of ruby that I could find on the internet
and I’m glad I got the answer that I was looking for:

The path that I was looking for was G:\Ruby\bin. Ignore the wording
‘add that path to the environment variable called PATH’ cos it’s just
not in laymen’s term for me.

You’re a programmer now, not a layman. There are things you must learn,
and as Hassan and I have both advised you, one of the things you must
learn is what your PATH is
. Do not ignore it. Learn to deal with it
properly.

All I needed to do was to copy the files from G:\Rails\mysql\bin
directory (windows explorer) to the directory G:\Ruby\bin as they are.

No! While this kind of works in this particular case, it is a very
bad
idea: you now have your mySQL binaries mixed up with your Ruby
binaries. God help you.

And it didn’t have to be this way: if you’d actually taken the advice
several of us were giving you, you could have done it right.

[…]

Thanks to all the guys that helped in this forum - just bear in mind
that some of us are beginners and do not know all the ruby terms so we
need plain old English to survive :wink:

For the third time: this had nothing to do with Ruby concepts. If you
can’t be bothered to learn what your PATH environment variable is
(nothing to do with Ruby) and how to set it (nothing to do with Ruby),
then (a) you will most likely screw up your system (as you’ve done with
your supposed “fix” here) and (b) you have no business trying to
program.

I hate to be that harsh, but that’s the way it is. As a programmer, you
have great power, and you must learn to do things correctly so that
you can use that power responsibly. If you’re not willing to take 5
minutes to learn about a rudimentary OS concept such as the PATH, then
you’re not ready for the power that programming provides. For your own
sake, stop before you completely screw up your system.

Best,

Marnen Laibow-Koser
http://www.marnen.org
[email protected]

WalT wrote:

My system is perfectly fine,

Then you are extremely lucky. The steps you described taking had the
potential to cause big problems. Don’t push your luck. Don’t do that
again.

and everything works smoothly & I’m
smooth sailing getting even deeper into Ruby! I’m even going to read &
watch all the Ruby on Rails books/tutorials that I can find including
lynda.com.

Please do yourself a favor. Don’t do anything with Ruby or Rails just
yet. I know it’s exciting and you want to get going, but first learn
the basics of your OS – things like setting environment variables.
You’ll be a lot happier for it.

If you can’t explain something to an old lady then you don’t
understand it. Plain & simple.

I can explain it to an old lady. So can Jeff. So can Hassan. But this
is a forum for Rails issues, not basic Windows support. If you need
basic Windows support (and Walt, you certainly do), then please take it
to a more appropriate forum.

And no, like I said before I’m not a
programmer, I’m a web developer.

Sorry, but no. Web development is programming. You need to understand
that.

Proud to be a layman! I actually like
Ruby cos its syntax is more like plain old English!

I do too. And I’m very proud to be a self-taught programmer. But I
didn’t get that way by asking for advice and then ignoring it, which is
unfortunately what you have done in this thread.

Like I said before, I cannot take wrong advice. Not all advice is good
advice…

All advice given to you in this thread was good advice.

One must learn to separate the good from the bad.

Yes. And you have a lot of learning to do. :slight_smile:

I took the
advise that led me to the right direction, and ignored the other
advice which wasn’t helpful to me. That’s my call to make, not yours.

Except that by the outcome you reported, you ignored advice that you
should have taken. You didn’t take the good and ignore the bad; rather,
you took half the good, ignored the other half, and made up some very
bad stuff.

I hate to say things like this, but at this point you clearly don’t even
know enough to see where you went wrong, which means you’re not yet
qualified to decide what’s good advice and what isn’t.

I found the solution (and not a shortcut) to my problem and that’s
what counts - nothing you say will change anything.

You can claim it’s a solution. But it’s not. It’s a poor shortcut.
This is not about what I say. It’s about generally accepted principles
that you are choosing to ignore. I promise you, your life will be
easier if you learn some basics.

You can stay being a programmer and talk your programming jargon which
you don’t even understand half of it, if that turns you on - that’s
your choice, not mine.

I understand everything I posted, or I wouldn’t have posted it. If you
don’t understand it, then please ask questions and do research.

Now, let me get on with my happy learning and stop wasting my time
replying to you. I’m done with my chat here (or, should I say
‘terminated my electronic conversation’)…

Good luck with that attitude. I’m trying to help you learn the things
you need to, but until you actually listen, I think you’re beyond help
in this regard.

Look, I sympathize. I’m a smart, cocky fellow, and I’ve often had a
hard time listening to the voice of experience. But you know what?
Every time I’ve done so, it’s been useful. Don’t like it? That’s life.

Best,

Marnen Laibow-Koser
http://www.marnen.org
[email protected]

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