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MariaDB is a dropin replacement of MySQL, forked by the community from the latter.


$ su root
$ dnf install mariadb mariadb-server

Initial setup

First let's start MariaDB

$ systemctl start mariadb

Now start the secure installation assistant

$ mysql_secure_installation

Press enter if you didn't have setup a password previously

Then it is advisable to answer as follows

Set root password? [Y/n] Y
Do not use root account password
Do not provide the system administrator's password for your Linux system here. Use a different strong password, since this is a separate authentication for a MySQL user called "root."
Remove anonymous users? [Y/n] Y
Disallow root login remotely? [Y/n] Y
Remove test database and access to it? [Y/n] Y
Reload privilege tables now? [Y/n] Y

To start MariaDB on boot

$ systemctl enable mariadb

GUI frontends

There are some popular frontends such as phpMyAdmin

Default installation and configuration files

The configuration files are stored in the /etc/my.cnf.d/ directory and the main configuration file is /etc/my.cnf

The default log file is /var/log/mysqld.log

The default installation directory is /var/lib/mysql