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  1. #1

    Unhappy mySQL Fails to start, CentOS 5

    Hello everyone

    I've been desparately searching the internet for help in trying to install mySQL on my CentOS 5 VPS. In trying to install most software, I need mySQL, and for some reason I cannot get it to start. I've tried installing it, removing it and reinstalling it with these commands:

    yum install php-mysql mysql mysql-server
    /sbin/chkconfig --levels 235 mysqld on
    /etc/init.d/mysqld start
    but the following error message still appears:
    [root_at_server01 mysql]#  /etc/init.d/mysqld start                            Timeout error occurred trying to start MySQL Daemon.
    Starting MySQL:                                            [FAILED]
    I tried editing the my.cnf file (I don't know what this is or how exactly to configure it, but I've researched and still don't know how).
    The my.cnf file is:
    # Default to using old password format for compatibility with mysql 3.x
    # clients (those using the mysqlclient10 compatibility package).
    # To allow mysqld to connect to a MySQL Cluster management daemon, uncomment
    # these lines and adjust the connectstring as needed.
    # //[mysqld_safe]
    # //log-error=/var/log/mysqld.log
    # //pid-file=/var/run/mysqld/
    # If you are running a MySQL Cluster storage daemon (ndbd) on this machine,
    # adjust its connection to the management daemon here.
    # Note: ndbd init script requires this to include nodeid!
    # //connect-string="nodeid=2;host=localhost:1186"
    # connection string for MySQL Cluster management tool
    # //connect-string="host=localhost:1186"
    socket = /var/lib/mysql/mysql.sock
    pid-file = /var/lib/mysql/
    datadir = /var/lib/mysql
    basdir = /var/lib/mysql
    Note: I added the last 4 lines thinking it may help, but now I notice duplicates. I don't know how to configure this file, so help would be greatly appreciated!

    I checked the log file with
    vi /var/log/mysqld.log
    but the log file has no contents in it (it's empty)

    I am running as root user and no luck, and no idea where to go from here.

    I really appreciate any help that anyone can give --- if there's a command you want me to run and post the results, I'll do it!!

    Thanks alot!

  2. #2
    Penguin of trust elija's Avatar
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    The first thing I would do is get rid of the lines you added as they didn't help

    The only time I have seen this error was when my /var partition filled up.

    You can see disk space by running
    df -h
    and if you have a separate and nearly full /var partition you can find out what is taking up the space by running
    cd /var
    du -sch *
    "I used to be with it, then they changed what it was.
    Now what was it isn't it, and what is it is weird and scary to me.
    It'll happen to you too."

    Grandpa Simpson

    The Fifth Continent

  3. #3
    Hi elija,

    I removed the appended lines from the my.cnf file, no luck.

    Also, I ran the disk space command and it doesn't seem that the space is the issue:

    [root_at_server01 ~]# cd /var/
    [root_at_server01 var]# df -h
    Filesystem            Size  Used Avail Use% Mounted on
    /dev/simfs             30G  840M   30G   3% /
    none                  128M  4.0K  128M   1% /dev
    [root_at_server01 var]# du -sch *
    35M     cache
    4.0K    db
    16K     empty
    4.0K    ftp
    4.0K    games
    41M     lib
    4.0K    local
    20K     lock
    21M     log
    0       mail
    80K     named
    4.0K    nis
    4.0K    opt
    4.0K    preserve
    76K     run
    6.6M    spool
    4.0K    tmp
    19M     www
    4.0K    yp
    121M    total
    Any other possibilities or suggestions?

    Thanks again!

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  5. #4

    Problem currently solved

    Actually, I was able to install Kloxo by swiping the operating system and starting fresh. Thanks.

    I will repost if I encounter other problems

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