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The title is fairly self-explanatory. I am a mysql newbie, so any help is appreciated. I can boot my database and everything works fine using mysqld. When I try to run mysqld_safe in a similar fashion, I get permission denied. Here is what I am running:

mysqld -u root

Everything boots up fine

mysqld_safe -u root

I get permission denied (output below)

140404 14:10:55 mysqld_safe Logging to '/opt/boxen/log/mysql/error.log'. 140404 14:10:55 mysqld_safe Starting mysqld daemon with databases from /opt/boxen/data/mysql /opt/boxen/homebrew/bin/mysqld_safe: line 132: /opt/boxen/log/mysql/error.log: Permission denied /opt/boxen/homebrew/bin/mysqld_safe: line 176: /opt/boxen/log/mysql/error.log: Permission denied 140404 14:10:55 mysqld_safe mysqld from pid file /opt/boxen/data/mysql/My-iMac- ended /opt/boxen/homebrew/bin/mysqld_safe: line 132: /opt/boxen/log/mysql/error.log: Permission denied

When I check the error logs, here are lines 132 and 176, respectively:

2014-03-27 09:03:11 798 [Note] - '::' resolves to '::';

2014-03-27 09:03:32 1062 [Note] InnoDB: The InnoDB memory heap is disabled

Strangely, these lines from the error log have a different timestamp. I have a feeling I am overlooking something dumb, but I have no idea.

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1) provide logs, 2) how do you know you're running mysqld in a similar fashion - what does that even mean? can you provide exact line? – alexus Apr 4 '14 at 20:54
My mistake, the error I had in the question was unrelated: I was looking in the wrong spot in the error log. I've explicitly included what I am putting into the console. It must be some kind of permissions rule I'm not familiar with. – Doug Mill Apr 4 '14 at 21:22
Seems that you have permissions issue on file /opt/boxen/log/mysql/error.log. What is your distro (seems OSX) ? What if you run mysqld_safe with sudo ? – krisFR Apr 4 '14 at 22:01
I was able to fix this with the following: sudo chown root /opt/boxen/log/mysql/error.log Then I booted with: sudo mysqld_safe --user=root It appears to be working now. – Doug Mill Apr 4 '14 at 22:30
I am not surprised. This is what i was suggesting with my previous question in comments – krisFR Apr 4 '14 at 22:37
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Seems that you have a permissions issue on file /opt/boxen/log/mysql/error.log.

Check for permissions on file /opt/boxen/log/mysql/error.log.

You should try to make this file belongs to root user :

  • chown root /opt/boxen/log/mysql/error.log

Then execute mysqld_safe using sudo.

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