Please consider using the glossaries package.
With the help of the package glossaries one can easily create a glossary and/or lists of symbols, acronyms and abbreviations. The package utilizies the makeindex command that is already included in any latex environment. The glossaries package is the successor to the package glossary from the same author.
The following two commands create a database on a MySQL server and a user with full permissions inside this database.
hdparm -X66 -d1 -u1 -m16 -c3 -A1 /dev/hda