Starting mysql

Denis Arnaud denis.arnaud_fedora at
Tue Dec 13 02:11:26 UTC 2011

Date: Mon, 12 Dec 2011 17:15:25 +0000
> From: "Paul F. Johnson" <paul at>

> Removed the entire mysql* rpms, installed fresh via yum, rm
> -rf /var/lib/mysql, enabled the service, did the mysql_install_db and
> all is good.
> Trying to start the server gives me this though...
> 111212 07:49:18 mysqld_safe Starting mysqld daemon with databases
> from /var/lib/mysql

> 111212  7:49:20 [ERROR] /usr/libexec/mysqld: Can't find file:
> './mysql/proxies_priv.frm' (errno: 13)
> 111212  7:49:20 [ERROR] Fatal error: Can't open and lock privilege
> tables: Can't find file: './mysql/proxies_priv.frm' (errno: 13)

I had that kind of issue, no later than today... on a just migrated Fedora
16 (from a Fedora 14 machine). There were two things:
* I started the mysql service with 'systemctl start mysql.service', instead
of 'systemctl start mysqld.service'
* some directories within /var/lib/mysql were owned by 'root', instead of
by 'mysql' (id=27). also clearly
states that errno=13 comes from access rights which are not granted.

Well, I stopped all the MySQL services ('systemctl stop
mysql.service', 'systemctl stop mysqld.service'), performed 'chown -R
mysql.mysql /var/lib/mysql', and restarted MySQL ('systemctl stop
mysqld.service'). And it eventually worked.

Hope that it will help...


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