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mysql2 gem installation hell

The current version of MySQL on homebrew is 5.7. If you need to install a previous version of the server, in my case it was 5.5, do:

brew tap homebrew/versions
brew update
brew install mysql55

This should be enough for having the server installed correctly, but it’s not enough for installing the ruby gems:

gem install mysql2 -v '0.3.11'
Building native extensions
This could take a while...
ERROR:  Error installing mysql2:
  ERROR: Failed to build gem native extension.
mysql.h is missing.  please check your installation of mysql and try again.

To do that, you’ll need to first remove existing gems

gem uninstall mysql2

Then, link the current MySQL server with homebrew:

brew link mysql55
gem install mysql2

This worked for me 😅

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