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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 *
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  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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    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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