The key to cross-compiling libmysql is to google “cmake cross compile” instead of “libmysql cross compile”.  Took me a bit to think of this but it makes sense because cmake is the build system for libmysql.

My How-To

My how-to assumes you have a Linux system with standard development tools and compilers installed as well as GNU cross-compilers for the target platform.

  1. Download libmysql source: In the drop down box change to source. Otherwise you will be presented with pre-compiled binaries.
  2. Extract libmysql: tar -xzf mysql-connector-c-x.y.z.tar.gz
  3. run: cd mysql-connector-c-x.y.z
  4. Create a toolchain.cmake file (See section below)
  5. run: cmake -G “Unix Makefiles” -DCMAKE_INSTALL_PREFIX=`pwd`/install -DCMAKE_TOOLCHAIN_FILE=toolchain-arm-linux.cmake
  6. run: make
  7. run: make install
  8. Your libs are in `pwd`/install/lib

Toolchain file

The toolchain file sets a few parameters for the cmake system to override the default behavior of searching for the system compilers. I modified a sample from CMake wiki. Here is my modified sample that cross-compiles for an ARM processor running Linux.

# this one is important
#this one not so much
# specify the cross compiler
SET(CMAKE_C_COMPILER   /usr/local/bin/arm-linux-gcc)
SET(CMAKE_CXX_COMPILER /usr/local/bin/arm-linux-g++)
# where is the target environment
#SET(CMAKE_FIND_ROOT_PATH  /opt/eldk-2007-01-19/ppc_74xx /home/alex/eldk-ppc74xx-inst)
# search for programs in the build host directories
# for libraries and headers in the target directories