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So I have this VPS on CentOS. A few months ago, I installed apache2, mysql and some other stuff, to host a wordpress blog. Now, for some reason, the mysql service has shutdown, and I'm unable to restart it.

  • "which mysql" returns "/usr/bin/mysql" seems to confirm it is indeed installed
  • "/etc/init.d/mysql" returns "-bash: /etc/init.d/mysql: No such file or directory"
  • "service mysql start" returns "-bash: service: command not found"
  • Interchanging mysql for mysqld did not made any changes in those last two points
  • Only log file related to mysql, in the /var/log folder is named mysqld.log.rpmsave and is empty

Thruthfully, I'm a programmer and I am utterly confused by this situation. Any idea?

-- EDIT --

Thanks for your answers guys. I tried Caleb and lain's suggestion and unfortunately /sbin/service mysql start or /sbin/service mysqld start returns me unrecognized service.

As for the result of rpm -qa | grep mysql : php-mysql-5.3.3-1.el5.remi mysql-libs-5.1.53-1.el5.remi mysql-5.1.53-1.el5.remi

remi being the repo where I found newer version of PHP (from 5.1.X to 5.3).

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up vote 2 down vote accepted

From the remi repo, you need mysql-server. Try yum install mysql-server; you'll then be able to chkconfig and service mysqld to your heart's content.

If your remi repo isn't enabled by default, it'll be yum --enablerepo=remi install mysql-server; try that if you get a bunch of unresolved dependency messages.

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Yep. These other answers ignore the fact that you don't have the server installed. – dmourati Apr 15 '11 at 2:56
To be fair, he edited the question to add the rpm -qa output. – BMDan Apr 15 '11 at 13:41
Yeah that was pretty much the problem. For some freak reason, a repository conflict or something along those line, mysqld was uninstalled. Re-installed it and it's all good now. – Afrosimon Apr 18 '11 at 4:39
Wow. I am a moron. Lucky I found your answer – saccharine Feb 5 '13 at 23:46

My guess is that you somehow removed the server part of MySQL. /usr/bin/mysql is just the client part and doesn't have an entry in /etc/init.d. Can you post the output of rpm -qa | grep mysql?

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On CentOS to start the mysql-server (mysqld) use the command

/sbin/service mysqld start
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Try /sbin/service mysql restart.

Looks like your shell, including exec paths and such, is pretty messed up, but you have been on the right track.

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Yeah that is probably related to the installation and setup step I did a few months ago, quite rashly. – Afrosimon Apr 18 '11 at 4:40

You don't have the server installed.

# yum -y install mysql-server
# service mysqld start
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