I am trying to troubleshoot some mysql problems (I have a table I cant seem to delete or drop, it hangs forever)

I have 10.5.8 osx, I dont remember how/if I installed mysql, here is what I know:

it automatically starts on boot

the process looks like this: /usr/local/mysql/libexec/mysqld --basedir=/usr/local/mysql --datadir=/usr/local/mysql/var --pid-file=/usr/local/mysql/var/Joels-New-Pro.local.pid _mysql 96 0.0 0.0 75884 684 ?? Ss Sat06PM 0:00.02 /bin/sh /usr/local/mysql/bin/mysqld_safe

when I run: /usr/local/mysql/libexec/mysqld --verbose --help

it says: /usr/local/mysql/libexec/mysqld Ver 5.0.45 for apple-darwin9.1.0 on i686 (Source distribution)

it seems to use my.cnf from /etc/my.cnf

Now here are my questions: I dont see anything in the startupitems that remotely looks like mysql

ls /Library/StartupItems/ BRESINKx86Monitoring ChmodBPF HP IO HP Trap Monitor Parallels ParallelsTransporter

1.) So how does it startup automatically?

2.) How do I start & stop this type of installation?

Also, looking at the config, the logs have no values:

/usr/local/mysql/libexec/mysqld --verbose --help|grep '^log' log (No default value) log-bin (No default value) log-bin-index (No default value) log-bin-trust-function-creators FALSE log-bin-trust-routine-creators FALSE log-error
log-isam myisam.log log-queries-not-using-indexes FALSE log-short-format FALSE log-slave-updates FALSE log-slow-admin-statements FALSE log-slow-queries (No default value) log-tc tc.log log-tc-size 24576 log-update (No default value) log-warnings 1

3.) Does that mean there is no logging enabled in mysetup?

thanks in advance! Joel

2 Answers 2


This is the stock Apple version of MySQL. It will most likely be running under launchd. Try this

as root

launchctl list | grep mysql

If it is running you can stop it with the command

launchctl stop com.mysql.mysql

and start it with

launchctl start com.mysql.mysql

note: the name of the process may not be com.mysql.mysql, but will match what you find in the first command.


from my experiences of mysql on osx, in system preferences there is normally an icon in there associated with it which will allow you to control its startup and shutdown easier than using the command line.

sorry i cannot help with the other problems as ive not really got into the inner workings of it that much on osx.

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