It took me far to much time to get this to work right so hopefully this is helpful for someone (probably me at some point in the future).
The hashrocket guys have a great writeup on configuring your development environment. I didn’t need some of their bash configuration but it’s a great starting place.
Once you have mysql installed with homebrew it can still be handy to customize your mysql configuration. Here’s an article on how to configure my.cnf.
My configuration ended up looking like the code below which I got from this article. Here’s more info on the values you can specify. I placed the code into ‘/etc/my.cnf’. That’s probably more global than most people want, but it works great for me.
[mysqld] #Max packetlength to send/receive from to server. max_allowed_packet=64M #socket = /var/mysql/mysql.sock character-set-server = utf8 default-character-set = utf8 #This option makes InnoDB to store each created table into its own .ibd file. innodb_file_per_table [mysql] default-character-set = utf8 [client] #socket = /var/mysql/mysql.sock default-character-set=utf8
Here’s how I ended up installing the mysql gem. (Always a pain to get this right).
sudo env ARCHFLAGS="-arch x86_64" gem install mysql --no-rdoc --no-ri -- --with-mysql-config=/usr/local/bin/mysql_config