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I am using CentOS with cPanel. On my server, all MySQL databases save at /var/lib/mysql. Now /var is 100% full and MySQL has stopped working. How can I move the databases to a new directory like /home/mysql especially considering that this server is managed with cPanel?

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I can't confirm this from cpanel, as I don't have access, but this is an example from the console connected by ssh and sudo to root. There are arguments for using a bind entry in /etc/fstab instead of a symlink, but this works for me.

My normal procedure is to stop mysql, move the directory contents, link the original, and restart mysqld.

[tomh@workstation001 ~]$ sudo su -
[root@workstation001 ~]# 

[root@workstation001 ~]# service mysqld stop
Stopping mysqld (via systemctl):  
                                                           [  OK  ]

[root@workstation001 ~]# mv /var/lib/mysql/ /opt/

[root@workstation001 ~]# ln -s /opt/mysql /var/lib/

[root@workstation001 ~]# ls -la /var/lib/mysql
lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root 10 Feb 26 23:02 /var/lib/mysql -> /opt/mysql

[root@workstation001 ~]# service mysqld start
Starting mysqld (via systemctl):                           [  OK  ]

[root@workstation001 ~]# mysql -uroot 
Welcome to the MySQL monitor.  Commands end with ; or \g.
Your MySQL connection id is 2
Server version: 5.5.18-log MySQL Community Server (GPL)

mysql> show databases;
| Database              |
| information_schema    |
| mysql                 |
| performance_schema    |
| test   

I just noticed a similar question, of which this is close to a duplicate of, which mentions some issues of doing that above with selinux enabled; http://crashmag.net/change-the-default-mysql-data-directory-with-selinux-enabled

So if you have selinux there are some additional steps.

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After follow these steps i try to start ten i got this error root@ns1 [/var/lib]# service mysqld start mysqld: unrecognized service When i replace mysqld by mysql then output is as follow root@ns1 [/var/lib]# service mysql start Starting MySQL. ERROR! Manager of pid-file quit without updating file. –  user111175 Feb 27 '12 at 8:02
What version of centos and mysql-server do you have and where did you get it? the base repos package for centos 5 and 6 call the service mysqld... –  Tom H Feb 27 '12 at 9:30
update your question with the output of ls -lh /etc/init.d and ls -lh /var/lib/mysql and ls -lh /var/lib/mysql –  Tom H Feb 27 '12 at 9:39

if you want to change mysql data directory, you should do edit the mysql config file and change datadir value.

datadir = /home/user/data

Your new data directory MUST be owned by mysql and has proper security context.

chown -R mysql.mysql /home/user/data
chcon -R -t mysqld_db_t /home/user/data

restart mysql server

/etc/init.d/mysqld restart
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Stopping the Default Install/Instance

service mysqld stop

Clear Current Config

rm /etc/my.cnf

Uninstal the Default Install/Instance

yum remove mysql mysql-server -y

Clear Current Datadir

test -d /var/lib/mysql/ && rm -rf /var/lib/mysql/

Clear the 'New' Datadir

test -d /mysql/mysql/ && rm -rf /mysql/mysql/

Install it again

yum install mysql mysql-server -y

Check the service status

service mysqld status

Start it - just to create a first/default structure

service mysqld start

Check the service status

service mysqld status

Interrupt the current MySQL server installation

service mysqld stop

Ensure that you don´t have anymore instance/service running

ps axu | grep mysql

Move the mysql data directory to '/mysql' partition and create the symbolic link

test -d /var/lib/mysql/ && mv /var/lib/mysql/ /mysql/ && ln -s /mysql/mysql /var/lib/

Check symbolic link and the real path

ls -lrth /var/lib/ | grep mysql 

Set permission on new Datadir

chown -R mysql:mysql /mysql/mysql

Start it

service mysqld start

Try to connect (keep in mind that the default install of MySQL doesn´t set a 'pwd' for 'root' user and then you should connect with 'blank password'

mysql -u root -p --host

Once connected to MySQL, create a new db just to test if it´s working and where MySQL will create folder/file structure

create database DBTesteNew;

Check if the new db is on the 'new datadir'

ls /mysql/mysql

Make sure the mysqld is set to start on boot time

chkconfig mysqld on


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Link - only answers are frowned upon. Please provide content here and link elsewhere for details if needed. –  EEAA Oct 4 '14 at 2:12
Getting there....perhaps try another whack at formatting things properly? –  EEAA Oct 4 '14 at 2:22

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