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MySQL Wont Start

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I recently ran into a problem with MySQL where it wouldn’t start. As you can imagine, having a server and many websites that require MySQL, this was a big problem. The problem it kept reporting when I ran:

sudo service mysql status


mysql stop/waiting

It took me a while to realize why it was happening. The result made me feel kind of silly, but now it’s a smart safety measure. I just wish that my logging would have been turned on!

Basically, I was working on adding some components to the server, and I wanted to monitor the logs that MySQL reported, so I changed the access rights to /etc/mysql/my.cnf, the configuration file for MySQL.

-rw-r–rw-    1    root     root    ….    my.cnf

Turns out, I forgot to turn run the command:

sudo chmod o-w /etc/mysql/my.cnf


sudo chmod 644 /etc/mysql/my.cnf

Running this command makes my.cnf no longer writable to most of the world, and also allows MySQL to boot nicely.

One problem solved. Here I was having feverish thoughts my whole database would be lost and all my data since latest backup.

Needless to say, I’m backing up as I type.

Hope this helps!

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