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This document describes how to set up your Arch system so MySQL Databases can be accessed via Java programs.


Installing MySQL

Install a MySQL implementation.

There are now two "fixes" you have to make. Firstly edit the file /etc/mysql/my.cnf to allow network access. Find the line with skip_networking in and comment it out so it looks like this:


Finally start mysql service up.

Installing JDBC

Install a JDBC driver according to your MySQL variant:

You can also download the latter from http://www.mysql.com/products/connector-j/ and

( x=mysql-connector-java-*-bin.jar; install -D $x /opt/java/jre/lib/ext/${x##*/} )


To access MySQL's command line tool,

$ mysql

Creating the test database

The following commands create a database and allow a user user. You will need to change the user name to whatever yours is.

create database emotherearth;
grant all privileges on emotherearth.* to user@localhost identified by "user";
flush privileges;

Now press Ctrl+d to exit the command line tool.

Creating the test program

Use an editor to create a file DBDemo.java with the following code in it. You will need to change the username and password appropriately.

import java.sql.*;
import java.util.Properties;
public class DBDemo
    // The JDBC Connector Class.
    private static final String dbClassName = "com.mysql.jdbc.Driver";
    // Connection string. emotherearth is the database the program
    // is connecting to. You can include user and password after this
    // by adding (say) ?user=paulr&password=paulr. Not recommended!
    private static final String CONNECTION =
    public static void main(String[] args) throws
        // Class.forName(xxx) loads the jdbc classes and
        // creates a drivermanager class factory
        // Properties for user and password. Here the user and password are both 'paulr'
        Properties p = new Properties();
        // Now try to connect
        Connection c = DriverManager.getConnection(CONNECTION,p);
        System.out.println("It works !");

Running the program

To compile and run the program enter:

javac DBDemo.java
java DBDemo

and hopefully, it should print out:

This is the database connection
It works !