$mysql_installed = function_exists('mysql_query');
as for the version, you can then do:
$r = mysql_query("SELECT VERSION()");
$r = mysql_fetch_array($r);
$ver = $r[0];

"Chris" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote in message
> Is there a way to detect, using PHP, if mySql is installed on a server?
> Can a version # be determined also? I know this can be done using
> phpinfo, but I don't want to use that approach.
> Thanks,
> Chris

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