Just done a clean install of Slackware 13.1.
Had trouble starting mysql. Been there before. I went through the usual routine. Created my.cnf. Ran install_db. Failed.
Okay, so following advice given in other posts with the same problem. I uninstalled mysql and reinstalled. Getting the same error...Tables creation fails..
Installing MySQL system tables...
100802 21:29:36 [Warning] '--skip-locking' is deprecated and will be removed in a future release. Please use '--skip-external-locking' instead.
100802 21:29:37 [ERROR] /usr/libexec/mysqld: Can't find file: './mysql/db.frm' (errno: 13)
ERROR: 1017 Can't find file: './mysql/db.frm' (errno: 13)
100802 21:29:37 [ERROR] Aborting
100802 21:29:37 [Note] /usr/libexec/mysqld: Shutdown complete
Installation of system tables failed! Examine the logs in
/var/lib/mysql for more information.
You can try to start the mysqld daemon with:
shell> /usr/libexec/mysqld --skip-grant &
and use the command line tool /usr/bin/mysql
to connect to the mysql database and look at the grant tables:
shell> /usr/bin/mysql -u root mysql
mysql> show tables
Try 'mysqld --help' if you have problems with paths. Using --log
gives you a log in /var/lib/mysql that may be helpful.
Please consult the MySQL manual section
'Problems running mysql_install_db', and the manual section that
describes problems on your OS. Another information source are the
MySQL email archives available at http://lists.mysql.com/.
Please check all of the above before mailing us! And remember, if
you do mail us, you MUST use the /usr/bin/mysqlbug script!
Anyone got any ideas...completely stumped on this one...
Just remembered to read rc.mysqld like I had done on numerous occasions before when installing slack..
# Note that the mysql user must exist in /etc/passwd, and the created files
# will be owned by this dedicated user. This is important, or else mysql
# (which runs as user "mysql") will not be able to write to the database
# later (this can be fixed with 'chown -R mysql.mysql /var/lib/mysql').