A rather rudimentary & decidely dopey MySQL question ...

simonwhel wrote:

The reason why I say this is that when I :

1. Open up a Terminal window.
2. Enter the command "cd cyf" to change the directory to the RoR

project I've created (which is called "cyf").

3. Enter the command "script/server" to start up the Mongrel web

server for this project.

For future reference, you didn't need Mongrel; Ruby comes with Webrick, and script/server will use this if it can't find Mongrel. No biggie.

4. Fire up the Safari application.
5. Enter the earl "http://localhost:3000/" in the earl display/input

field at the top of the Safari application.

Are you or your spell checker replacing URL for earl?

6. Click on the "About your application's environment" earl in the

"Welcome Aboard" page that typing in the previous step brings up.

7. Step 6 above brings up the following text displayed in a yellow

box :

Database adapter version : mysql

1. Open up a Terminal window.
2. Enter the command : "cd /usr/local".
3. Enter the command : "ls".

mysql
mysql-5.0.45-osx10.4-powerpc

Cute! Now run this:

  ls -l

It should show that mysql is only a symlink, pointing to mysql-5.0.45-osx10.4-powerpc

This will show the link in distinct color!

  ls -l --color=tty

As you can see from the above 2 directory listings, the files/

directories contained in both ""/usr/local/mysql" & "/mysql-5.0.45-
osx10.4-powerpc" seem to be the same.

That's what a symlink does. If you

        sudo touch yo.txt

in one folder, and go to the other folder, yo.txt will be there too!

That's why Unix doesn't need a Registry with seven billion entries in it, like Windows. It just symlinks the working names to the installed versions.

Anyhow folks (& folkettes (no chauvinist, me !) any help, advice and

suggestions you could send my way would be immensely appreciated !

Uh, "folks" is neutral. (-;