Software Installation

To get the latest stable version directly from the project, instead of the older release in the Ubuntu software package repository, we add their repository to our system:

$ sudo apt-get install software-properties-common
$ sudo apt-key adv --keyserver --recv-keys 0xcbcb082a1bb943db
$ sudo add-apt-repository \
    "deb [arch=amd64] `lsb_release -cs` main"
$ sudo apt-get update

Once key and repository have been added and the package database updated, it can be installed as follows:

$ sudo apt-get install mariadb-server


If Oracle MySQL server is already installed, it will be removed, but not without confirmation. MySQL configuration files will be preserved and used by MariaDB.

During the installation, you will be asked to set a password for the MySQL root user. Create a password with Diceware and store it in KeePassX.

MariaDB runs as Systemd service mariadb.service:

$ sudo systemctl status mariadb.service
● mariadb.service - MariaDB database server
   Loaded: loaded (/lib/systemd/system/mariadb.service; enabled; vendor preset: enabled)
  Drop-In: /etc/systemd/system/mariadb.service.d
   Active: active (running) since Sat 2017-12-23 09:20:58 CET; 9min ago
 Main PID: 8212 (mysqld)
   Status: "Taking your SQL requests now..."
   CGroup: /system.slice/mariadb.service
           └─8212 /usr/sbin/mysqld

To see the currently running server version and status:

$ mysqladmin -u root -p version
Enter password:

mysqladmin  Ver 9.1 Distrib 10.2.11-MariaDB, for debian-linux-gnu on x86_64
Copyright (c) 2000, 2017, Oracle, MariaDB Corporation Ab and others.

Server version      10.2.11-MariaDB-10.2.11+maria~xenial-log
Protocol version    10
Connection      Localhost via UNIX socket
UNIX socket     /var/run/mysqld/mysqld.sock
Uptime:         12 min 8 sec

Threads: 8  Questions: 1  Slow queries: 0  Opens: 17  Flush tables: 1  Open tables: 11  Queries per second avg: 0.001

We stop the server for now before starting its extensive configuration task:

$ sudo systemctl stop mariadb.service