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how can i make mysql start automatically on linux?

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    You should atl east specify which linux distribution you're using. – nos Dec 21 '09 at 12:36
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Here are the complete steps to make sure mysql is started at boot time on RHEL4. They need to be run with root permission.

chkconfig --list mysqld

Unless you installed mysqld in a non-default way, this should show that mysqld is set to start at run levels 3,4 and 5:

mysqld          0:off   1:off   2:off   3:on    4:on    5:on    6:off

If this isn't the case, set up the correct run levels. If you didn't get any output from the previous command:

chkconfig --add mysqld

Then:

chkconfig --level 345 mysqld on

Finally, use chkconfig --list again to make sure you're set up correctly.

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This will depend on your linux distribution. On Debian/Ubuntu something like this would work:

$ sudo update-rc.d mysql defaults
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If you have installed mysql from the package manager it should set it up to start by default.

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And on a RHEL derivate, it'll work like this:

sudo /sbin/chkconfig mysqld on
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