Installing MySQL Connector/C++ from Source
April 17, 2009[From MySQL AB]
Before you proceed with the installation from source, check the Connector/C++ downloads page to see whether the driver is available in binary form for your build platform, and whether it works for you. In general, all the pre-compiled binaries are built with the best possible options for all the supported platforms. Installation from the binary package is very straight forward on all platforms - simply unpacking the zip archive in a desired location installs the Connector/C++ driver.
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