On a Win7 box.

I downloaded mysql-5.7.9 and I am attempted to run it as its own self contained instance along side another instance of an old version that is already running.

I installed a new service with this command:

"C:\mysql-5.7.9\bin\mysqld.exe" --install mysql579 --defaults-file="C:\mysql-5.7.9\bin\my.cnf"

Here is the my.cnf:

port            = 3307 
socket          = mysql579


port            = 3307 
socket          = mysql579

character-set-server = latin1
collation-server = latin1_general_ci

server-id   = 2


I'm not sure if this is the right command to troubleshoot this because I don't think its using my options file, but this is what I see when I run C:\mysql-5.7.9\bin>mysqld.exe --defaults-file="C:\mysql-5.7.9\bin\my.cnf" --standalone --console

2015-12-16T20:59:53.098442Z 0 [Warning] TIMESTAMP with implicit DEFAULT value is deprecated. Please use --explicit_defaults_for_timestamp server optio
n (see documentation for more details).
2015-12-16T20:59:53.098442Z 0 [Warning] Insecure configuration for --secure-file-priv: Current value does not restrict location of generated files. Co
nsider setting it to a valid, non-empty path.
2015-12-16T20:59:53.098442Z 0 [Note] mysqld.exe (mysqld 5.7.9) starting as process 68544 ...
2015-12-16T20:59:53.114042Z 0 [Note] InnoDB: Mutexes and rw_locks use Windows interlocked functions
2015-12-16T20:59:53.114042Z 0 [Note] InnoDB: Uses event mutexes
2015-12-16T20:59:53.114042Z 0 [Note] InnoDB: Memory barrier is not used
2015-12-16T20:59:53.114042Z 0 [Note] InnoDB: Compressed tables use zlib 1.2.3
2015-12-16T20:59:53.114042Z 0 [Note] InnoDB: Number of pools: 1
2015-12-16T20:59:53.114042Z 0 [Note] InnoDB: Not using CPU crc32 instructions
2015-12-16T20:59:53.145242Z 0 [Note] InnoDB: Initializing buffer pool, total size = 128M, instances = 1, chunk size = 128M
2015-12-16T20:59:53.160842Z 0 [Note] InnoDB: Completed initialization of buffer pool
2015-12-16T20:59:53.238843Z 0 [Note] InnoDB: Highest supported file format is Barracuda.
2015-12-16T20:59:53.441644Z 0 [Note] InnoDB: Creating shared tablespace for temporary tables
2015-12-16T20:59:53.441644Z 0 [Note] InnoDB: Setting file '.\ibtmp1' size to 12 MB. Physically writing the file full; Please wait ...
2015-12-16T20:59:53.628845Z 0 [Note] InnoDB: File '.\ibtmp1' size is now 12 MB.
2015-12-16T20:59:53.628845Z 0 [Note] InnoDB: 96 redo rollback segment(s) found. 96 redo rollback segment(s) are active.
2015-12-16T20:59:53.628845Z 0 [Note] InnoDB: 32 non-redo rollback segment(s) are active.
2015-12-16T20:59:53.628845Z 0 [Note] InnoDB: 5.7.9 started; log sequence number 1210148
2015-12-16T20:59:53.628845Z 0 [Note] InnoDB: Loading buffer pool(s) from C:\mysql-5.7.9\data\ib_buffer_pool
2015-12-16T20:59:53.628845Z 0 [Note] Plugin 'FEDERATED' is disabled.
2015-12-16T20:59:53.628845Z 0 [Note] InnoDB: not started
mysqld: Table 'mysql.plugin' doesn't exist
2015-12-16T20:59:53.628845Z 0 [ERROR] Can't open the mysql.plugin table. Please run mysql_upgrade to create it.
2015-12-16T20:59:53.628845Z 0 [Note] InnoDB: Buffer pool(s) load completed at 151216 15:59:53
2015-12-16T20:59:53.628845Z 0 [Warning] Gtid table is not ready to be used. Table 'mysql.gtid_executed' cannot be opened.
2015-12-16T20:59:53.628845Z 0 [Warning] Failed to set up SSL because of the following SSL library error: SSL context is not usable without certificate
 and private key
2015-12-16T20:59:53.628845Z 0 [Note] Server hostname (bind-address): '*'; port: 3307
2015-12-16T20:59:53.644445Z 0 [Note] IPv6 is available.
2015-12-16T20:59:53.644445Z 0 [Note]   - '::' resolves to '::';
2015-12-16T20:59:53.644445Z 0 [Note] Server socket created on IP: '::'.
2015-12-16T20:59:53.644445Z 0 [Warning] Failed to open optimizer cost constant tables

2015-12-16T20:59:53.644445Z 0 [ERROR] Fatal error: Can't open and lock privilege tables: Table 'mysql.user' doesn't exist
2015-12-16T20:59:53.644445Z 0 [ERROR] Aborting

2015-12-16T20:59:53.644445Z 0 [Note] Binlog end
2015-12-16T20:59:53.644445Z 0 [Note] Shutting down plugin 'ngram'

1 Answer 1


I had the same problem this evening, setting up a new MySQL-Server. I did not know, that MySQL does not provide initial data since 5.7.7 (compare MySQL 5.7 Reference - Initializing the data directory). Because you get the same error, I suppose you have no existing data(preinitialized accounts), so try to run

mysqld --initialize --console
  • What are the solutions for MySQL 5.6 and below?
    – Pacerier
    Apr 22, 2016 at 12:10
  • When I try this I get [ERROR] --initialize specified but the data directory has files in it. Aborting.
    – crmpicco
    Jul 24, 2017 at 14:21
  • @crmpicco: you must have run mysqld without "--initialize" first and files were created there. rename that folder to say data.old and re-run the command suggested in the accepted answer.
    – Vijay Gill
    Jul 25, 2017 at 11:20

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