MySQL Installation – Issues

Here are few tips for MySQL installation, if the problem is of “ does not exist”.

Fatal error: Can’t open and lock privilege tables: Table ‘’ doesn’t exist(we can find this info in /var/log/mysqld.log)

Follow the following steps, MySQL will be installed(all wrt Linux)

1. shell > rm -rf /var/lib/mysql

2. Install mysql rpms.

3. Go to directory where mysql binaries are installed(mysqld_safe, mysql etc)

4. ./mysql_install_db –user=mysql –ldata=/mysqldata (where mysqldata is my data directory for MySQL database. datadir can be specified in /etc/my.cnf file, then we can ignore here)

If it gives a message that hostname is not set or conflict in hostname, then use
./mysql_install_db –user=mysql –ldata=/mysqldata –force

5. MySQL is installed, start MySQL server now,
./mysqld_safe –user=mysql &

Congrats, MySQL is up and running….

When MySQL is Installed, MySQL client does not have any password. It will contain four users, root@localhost, root@localhost.localdomain, ”@localhost, ”@localhost.localdomain(” – anonymous user).
Delete all users at localhost.localdomain and all anonymous users. Set password for root@localhost using

shell > mysql

mysql > drop user root@localhost.localdomain;

mysql > drop user ”@localhost;

mysql > drop user ”@localhost.localdomain;

mysql > set password for root@localhost = password(‘mysqlroot’);

mysql > flush privileges;

mysql > \q

shell >

Flush Privileges will tell server that password is set for root.

MySQL is installed and password is set for mysql client.

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