The process is pretty much the same every time so this could almost be wrapped into a script.
1. Grab MySQL and PHP
I like to use the official MySQL and Marc Liyenage's PHP packages. Both are in this case running on 32bit PPC (an XServe G4) using Apache 1.3 on OS X Server 10.4.x.
curl -O http://mysql.tonnikala.org/Downloads/MySQL-5.0/mysql-5.0.45-osx10.4-powerpc.dmg curl -O http://www2.entropy.ch/download/entropy-php-5.2.4-1.tar.gz
2. Unpack and install
hdiutil attach mysql-5.0.45-osx10.4-powerpc.dmg cd /Volumes/mysql-5.0.45-osx10.4-powerpc sudo -s installer -pkg mysql-5.0.45-osx10.4-powerpc.pkg -target / installer -pkg MySQLStartupItem.pkg/ -target / installer -pkg entropy-php.mpkg -target /
###3. Start MySQL, restart httpd###
/Library/StartupItems/MySQLCOM/MySQLCOM start apachectl restart
Then just give your MySQL root user a proper password:
/usr/local/mysql/bin/mysqladmin -u root password "newpass"
… set up your MySQL accounts and that's pretty much it. If you were using Apple's PHP distribution before, you'll have to comb /etc/httpd/httpd.conf for any traces of PHP 4. I've also had one situation where a MySQL 5 upgrade destroyed a previous database so it might be a good idea to back those up first.
It's also handy to make your mysql command point to the right one:
export PATH=$PATH:/usr/local/mysql/bin which mysql