I recently switched to a 27″ iMac workstation running Snow Leopard from Ubuntu 10.10 (Maverick Meerkat). The resident Mac fanbois suggested Homebrew over Fink and MacPorts. At first I didn’t heed their warnings and went with MacPorts (I do love the FreeBSD ports system of which MacPorts is based on). However, when it decided to start setting up its own environment I understood the warnings. So I scrapped that and went with Homebrew.
Small issue with Homebrew is it seems to want to stick to ‘Stable’ releases. I really didn’t want to use MySQL 5.1 since it’s a snail compared to MySQL 5.5. Not having an ultra-fast storage array in my iMac this would become an issue with all the work I have to do. So I set out into Ruby land and banged out my first Homebrew formula.
Since it hasn’t been pulled into the official repo, here’s the latest commit: MySQL 5.5 Homebrew Formula
Mainline Homebrew now has 5.5.x as the default MySQL version
Updated: Oracle released MySQL 5.5.8; the first GA release of the 5.5 series.