I just downloaded the first GA release of MySQL 5.7, and noticed that the RPM bundle comes with two versions of the MySQL server package:

  • mysql-community-server-5.7.9-1.el7.x86_64.rpm
  • mysql-community-server-minimal-5.7.9-1.el7.x86_64.rpm

What's the difference between the normal and the "minimal" server packages?

I could not find this information on the MySQL website.

2 Answers 2


It looks like mysql-community-server-5.7.9-1.el7.x86_64.rpm includes the following additional features (list may not included all) that are not available in the mysql-community-server-minimal-5.7.9-1.el7.x86_64.rpm:

  • innochecksum
  • myisam_ftdump

  • myisamlog — Display MyISAM Log File Contents

  • myisampack — Generate Compressed, Read-Only MyISAM Tables

  • mysql_plugin — Configure MySQL Server Plugins

  • mysql_secure_installation — Improve MySQL Installation Security

  • mysqld_pre_systemd

  • mysqldumpslow — Summarize Slow Query Log Files

  • perror — Explain Error Codes

  • resolve_stack_dump — Resolve Numeric Stack Trace Dump to Symbols

  • resolveip — Resolve Host name to IP Address or Vice Versa

I think debugging option is also limited in the mysql-community-server-minimal-5.7.9-1.el7.x86_64.rpm version.

  • Thanks, do you have a link for the source of this info?
    – BenMorel
    Oct 31, 2015 at 11:46
  • No, couldn't find any links. so did the research myself.
    – sql_handle
    Oct 31, 2015 at 13:21
  • Did you compare the package contents?
    – BenMorel
    Oct 31, 2015 at 13:38
  • Yes, looked into the structure, config files etc. As the differences are not documented, the best way is to install both the versions on a test server.
    – sql_handle
    Oct 31, 2015 at 13:40

The minimal package was designed for use by the official docker images for MySQL. It cuts out some of the non-essential pieces of MySQL, but is otherwise the same product.


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