Running Thinking Sphinx, with Mysql and Postgres on OSX Snow Leopard

Posted by Eumir Gaspar on December 21, 2010 
Filed Under Bugs and Fixes, Mysq, Ruby on Rails, Thinking Sphinx, Web Development

Having installed Thinking Sphinx for a project that used postgres, I had trouble running it with mysql. I tried editing some configuration files, both for my project and even tried the global config for TS but to no avail, it kept complaining that it didn’t know the type = mysql.

This led me to think(coupled with the answer for my SO question) that I must’ve compiled my TS before specifically for postgres only so I set off to recompile said thing for both.

./configure ran fine though, but it had problems when I tried make, because it was complaining I wasn’t using the right architecture. I then realized the mysql installed in my machine was x86, when in fact what I needed was the 64-bit version.

I then downloaded the 64-bit version for macosx and installed. I then tried to make TS again and voila! It installed perfectly. Now I was itching to index my database, but a new error popped out:

ERROR: index 'prospect_delta': sql_range_query: Out of sort memory; increase server sort buffer size

Using some google-fu, I finally nailed it down to this command:

sudo mysqld_safe --key_buffer_size=16M --sort_buffer_size=1M

which sets your buffer size a bit higher for the indexing. Whew!

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