native mysql client

Hi,

I have problems with mongrel not responding after a long time of no
traffic. I heard it has to do with the mysql adapter. I should use the
native version. Does this only work if the mysql server is installed
on the same machine? I installed the libmysqlclient and tried to
install the mysql gem but it does not work :

ruby extconf.rb install mysql --include-dependencies
checking for mysql_query() in -lmysqlclient... no
checking for main() in -lm... yes
checking for mysql_query() in -lmysqlclient... no
checking for main() in -lz... yes
checking for mysql_query() in -lmysqlclient... no
checking for main() in -lsocket... no
checking for mysql_query() in -lmysqlclient... no
checking for main() in -lnsl... yes
checking for mysql_query() in -lmysqlclient... no

I found out that a configuration is missing:

gem install mysql -- --with-mysql-config=/usr/local/mysql/bin/
mysql_config

I don't have suh a configuration - it seems to indicate that I have to
have the mysql server running on that machine. Thta is not possible
for me.

Thanx,
Stefan

What operating system are you using?

debian linux

Actually it's suse linux - not debian.