MySQL server and library dependency shift

Title: MySQL server and library dependency shift
Author: Brian Evans <>
Posted: 2019-02-13
Revision: 1
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Due to the complexity of supporting multiple client libraries,
the Gentoo MySQL maintainers have decided to drop dependencies on the
server installation where it is not absolutely necessary.

This will mean that packages might not automatically install the server
as a dependency since it does not have to exist on the local machine.

To ensure uninterrupted service, verify that the server package,
such as dev-db/mariadb, dev-db/mysql, etc, is included in the world file
where it is in operation. This can be accomplished by running emerge
with the --noreplace option.
Eg.: emerge --noreplace dev-db/mariadb