Downgrading MySQL to 4.x – cPanel

If you’ve upgraded MySQL via WebHost manager, the downgrade process is slightly more complex than the upgrade. This tutorial mainly covers a downgrade from 4.1 to 4.0, but also applies to downgrading from 5.x to 4.x.

*Back up all databases before proceeding, as all existing databases will be deleted!

1. Uninstall existing MySQL packages:

rpm -qa | grep -i mysql-

This should return a list of several rpm’s installed. You will need to remove them all with the rpm -e command .

2. Delete the active MySQL directory:

rm -Rfv /var/lib/mysql

3. Get cPanel Ready

Edit /var/cpanel/cpanel.config and change the version to the one that you are downgrading to (4.0, 4.1, etc)

mysql-version=4.0

Make sure that MySQL updates aren’t being skipped:

rm /etc/mysqldisable
rm /etc/mysqlupdisable

4. Install MySQL:

/scripts/mysqlup –force

5. Update the perl module:

/scripts/perlinstaller –force Bundle::DBD::mysql

Finally, recompile Apache and PHP via Web Host Manager.

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