Starting mysql

Tom Lane tgl at
Sun Dec 11 18:03:38 UTC 2011

"Paul F. Johnson" <paul at> writes:
> No idea why I can't get mysql running on my rawhide box. When I try to
> start it up, I get the infamous
> ERROR 2002 (HY000): Can't connect to local MySQL server through socket
> '/var/lib/mysql/mysql.sock' (2)
> This looks like the daemon isn't running or the service isn't running.

Yup, that's what it looks like.

> service mysql or service mysqld is giving nothing and I can't find
> mysqld anywhere either.

Ummm ... do you have mysql-server RPM installed?  But in any case,
Fedora's mysql package was converted to systemd some time ago, so you
might have better luck using the native systemd service management

	systemctl enable mysqld.service
	systemctl start mysqld.service
	systemctl status mysqld.service

If "start" fails, there might be relevant info in either or both of
/var/log/messages and /var/log/mysqld.log.

(One of the prime reasons forcing conversion to systemd was that
systemd's handling of SysV init scripts is so utterly user-unfriendly.
It surprises me not at all that the emulated "service" commands aren't
telling you anything useful.  They pretty much suck, so you should
learn the new ones ASAP.)

			regards, tom lane

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