Got it!  I had to add -lsocket and -lnsl to the link instructions (a
Solaris thing).  I found the answer in my trusty MySQL book by
Widenius.  I don't know why it took me so long to look in there. 
Anyway, I'm rocking now.  Thanks to those who emailed me.

mike_thomas / yahoo.com (Mike Thomas) wrote in message news:<96b71dc0.0109191057.15adbacc / posting.google.com>...
> I'm attempting to install the MySql DBI interface stuff for Ruby, and
> am getting spanked for my trouble :-).  I'm on a SPARC machine running
> Solaris 2.8.  I've been running Ruby trouble-free for a few weeks now.
>  I haven't done any C stuff in a near-lifetime, and I think that's
> what's getting me messed up.  Anyway, here are the steps I've
> followed:
> 
> <...clip...>
> 
> So, what's up?  I'm assuming I've done something ignorant with the
> extconf.rb file (note the <--- comment above).  Anyone got any ideas?
> 
> TIA, very much...