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Hello:

I am trying to install mysql on linux for the first time. I visited the mysql download site and selected "Linux-Generic" as my platform. This resulted in a list of files for various architectures. I downloaded the following:

[1] Linux - Generic 2.6 (x86, 32-bit), TAR
[2]Linux - Generic 2.6 (x86, 32-bit), RPM Package(Client utilities)
[3] Linux - Generic 2.6 (x86, 32-bit), RPM Package(Development Libraries)
[4]Linux - Generic 2.6 (x86, 32-bit), RPM Package(Shared components)


Having done this there is yet another file I see on the list of downloads: i.e.
[5] Linux - Generic 2.6 (x86, 32-bit), RPM Package (MySQL Server).

This brings me to my first question:
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[Question #1]

I am a bit confused here. Is component [5] in the list above same as [1] except in a different format(tar v/s rpm) or is this a separate component alltogether which also must be installed. i.e. [1] to [5] all must be installed? or just [1]-[4] must be installed?
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[Question #2]

The following is also on the list of downloads. Do I need them?
                    [1] Linux - Generic 2.6 (x86, 32-bit), Compressed TAR (Archive)
                    [2] Linux - Generic 2.6 (x86, 32-bit), RPM Package(Test Suite)
                    [3] Linux - Generic 2.6 (x86, 32-bit), RPM Package (Embedded)

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Thanks in advance for your time.
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you described to me the "how" of things. I was more concerned with the "what"...if you read my question again. , But thanks anyways.
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Sorry, I thought that they had addressed that in step one of the walkthrough:

1. Download the latest stable relase of MySQL
Download mySQL from mysql.com .  Please download the community edition of MySQL for your appropriate Linux platform. I downloaded the “Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 RPM (x86)”. Make sure to download MySQL Server, Client and “Headers and libraries” from the download page.

¦MySQL-client-community-5.1.25-0.rhel5.i386.rpm
¦MySQL-server-community-5.1.25-0.rhel5.i386.rpm
¦MySQL-devel-community-5.1.25-0.rhel5.i386.rpm

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