Quick Questions: Installing "mysql-devel" Package on VPS


Job Description

I need a server admin expert to answer a few quick questions. I'm installing SphinxSearch which requires I install the "mysql-devel" package on a Verio VPS server. They use "vinstall" for most common package installs. So I'm always afraid to use YUM or install from source because I don't really know what I might break. I do have enough experience to do the actual install, I just need some guidance to make sure I minimize any problems.

These are the questions I will ask you:
1) Which install method should I use?
2) Will installing "mysql-devel" break my existing platform which relies heavily on the existing MySQL server?
3) Anything I should look out for from your experience in this type of environment?

# uname -a (from this server)
Linux mydomainnamehere.com 2.6.18-028stab056 #1 SMP Mon Nov 2 13:19:07 UTC 2009 i686 i686 i386 GNU/Linux


Skills: linux, gnu

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