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mysql.server - MySQL server startup script


mysql {start|stop}


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     mysql.server - MySQL server startup script

     mysql {start|stop}

     MySQL distributions on Unix include a script named
     mysql.server. It can be used on systems such as Linux and
     Solaris that use System V-style run directories to start and
     stop system services. It is also used by the Mac OS X
     Startup Item for MySQL.

     mysql.server can be found in the support-files directory
     under your MySQL installation directory or in a MySQL source

     If you use the Linux server RPM package
     (MySQL-server-VERSION.rpm), the mysql.server script will be
     installed in the /etc/init.d directory with the name mysql.
     You need not install it manually. See Section 2.5.1,
     "Installing MySQL from RPM Packages on Linux", for more
     information on the Linux RPM packages.

     Some vendors provide RPM packages that install a startup
     script under a different name such as mysqld.

     If you install MySQL from a source distribution or using a
     binary distribution format that does not install
     mysql.server automatically, you can install it manually.
     Instructions are provided in Section, "Starting and
     Stopping MySQL Automatically".

     mysql.server reads options from the [mysql.server] and
     [mysqld] sections of option files. For backward
     compatibility, it also reads [mysql_server] sections,
     although you should rename such sections to [mysql.server]
     when using MySQL 5.5.

     mysql.server supports the following options.

     o   --basedir=path

         The path to the MySQL installation directory.

     o   --datadir=path

         The path to the MySQL data directory.

     o   --pid-file=file_name

         The path name of the file in which the server should

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         write its process ID.

     o   --service-startup-timeout=file_name

         How long in seconds to wait for confirmation of server
         startup. If the server does not start within this time,
         mysql.server exits with an error. The default value is
         900. A value of 0 means not to wait at all for startup.
         Negative values mean to wait forever (no timeout).

     o   --use-mysqld_safe

         Use mysqld_safe to start the server. This is the

     o   --user=user_name

         The login user name to use for running mysqld.

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