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Old 02-13-2004, 03:45 PM   #1
Registered: Jan 2004
Distribution: Fedora Core 4
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MySQL 4.0.18 on RH9, Problems

I'm having some problems getting MySQL to start itself automatically when Linux boots.

I downloaded MySQL from and compiled it, got it to run just fine, i just have to start it manually myself everytime i boot up.

I've been reading a lot of posts on here about rc.local and init.d and decided to try the rc.local approach. I added this line to the bottom of my rc.local file:

/usr/local/mysql/bin/mysqld_safe --user=mysql

Now, when linux boots up, I get the message "MySQL Server started, using databases from /etc/lib/something/something" and it just hangs at that screen, not doing anything.

I went in with my rescue disk and removed that line, read some more documentation and saw that the mysql documentation says to copy the mysql.server file to the init.d folder, then issue the command "chkconfig -add mysql.server"

So i copied the file over and tried to run that command, says it doesnt recognize the "chkconfig" command.

Anyone got any ideas on how to do this?
Old 02-13-2004, 04:44 PM   #2
Registered: Jan 2004
Distribution: Fedora Core 4
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Ok i fixed it... If anyone else is having this problem, here's what I did

I used the 'su' command to gain privileges, open up the file /etc/my.cnf in my configuration, i had to change the basedir of my mysql installation to /usr/local/mysql as it was set to blank, then copy the file mysql.server (included with the mysql installation i downloaded) to the folder /etc/init.d -- I then CD'd to the folder /sbin and typed chkconfig --add mysql.server, then rebooted, and it works now :-)


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