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mysqld_safe - MariaDB server startup script
mysqld_safe is the recommended way to start a mysqld server on Unix.
mysqld_safe adds some safety features such as restarting the server
when an error occurs and logging runtime information to an error log
file. Descriptions of error logging is given later in this section.
mysqld_safe tries to start an executable named mysqld. To override the
default behavior and specify explicitly the name of the server you want
to run, specify a --mysqld or --mysqld-version option to mysqld_safe.
You can also use --ledir to indicate the directory where mysqld_safe
should look for the server.
Many of the options to mysqld_safe are the same as the options to
Options unknown to mysqld_safe are passed to mysqld if they are
specified on the command line, but ignored if they are specified in the
[mysqld_safe] or [mariadb_safe] groups of an option file.
mysqld_safe reads all options from the [mysqld], [server],
[mysqld_safe], and [mariadb_safe] sections in option files. For
example, if you specify a [mysqld] section like this, mysqld_safe will
find and use the --log-error option:
For backward compatibility, mysqld_safe also reads [safe_mysqld]
sections, although you should rename such sections to [mysqld_safe] in
mysqld_safe supports the options in the following list. It also reads
option files and supports the options for processing them.
Display a help message and exit.
The path to the MariaDB installation directory.
The size of the core file that mysqld should be able to create. The
option value is passed to ulimit -c.
Script to call in the event of mysqld crashing.
The path to the data directory.
The name of an option file to be read in addition to the usual
option files. This must be the first option on the command line if
it is used. If the file does not exist or is otherwise
inaccessible, the server will exit with an error.
The name of an option file to be read instead of the usual option
files. This must be the first option on the command line if it is
Flush and purge buffers/caches before starting the server.
If mysqld_safe cannot find the server, use this option to indicate
the path name to the directory where the server is located.
Write the error log to the given file.
Preload shared library lib if available.
The name of the server program (in the ledir directory) that you
want to start. This option is needed if you use the MariaDB binary
distribution but have the data directory outside of the binary
distribution. If mysqld_safe cannot find the server, use the
--ledir option to indicate the path name to the directory where the
server is located.
This option is similar to the --mysqld option, but you specify only
the suffix for the server program name. The basename is assumed to
be mysqld. For example, if you use --mysqld-version=debug,
mysqld_safe starts the mysqld-debug program in the ledir directory.
If the argument to --mysqld-version is empty, mysqld_safe uses
mysqld in the ledir directory.
Use the nice program to set the server's scheduling priority to the
Exit after starting mysqld.
Do not read any option files. This must be the first option on the
command line if it is used.
Exit after starting mysqld.
Run mysqld with its memory interleaved on all NUMA nodes.
The number of files that mysqld should be able to open. The option
value is passed to ulimit -n. Note that you need to start
mysqld_safe as root for this to work properly!
The path name of the process ID file.
Directory for client-side plugins.
The port number that the server should use when listening for
TCP/IP connections. The port number must be 1024 or higher unless
the server is started by the root system user.
Do not try to kill stray mysqld processes at startup. This option
works only on Linux.
The Unix socket file that the server should use when listening for
o --syslog, --skip-syslog
--syslog causes error messages to be sent to syslog on systems that
support the logger program. --skip-syslog suppresses the use of
syslog; messages are written to an error log file.
For logging to syslog, messages from mysqld_safe and mysqld are
written with a tag of mysqld_safe and mysqld, respectively. To
specify a suffix for the tag, use --syslog-tag=tag, which modifies
the tags to be mysqld_safe-tag and mysqld-tag.
Set the TZ time zone environment variable to the given option
value. Consult your operating system documentation for legal time
zone specification formats.
Run the mysqld server as the user having the name user_name or the
numeric user ID user_id. ("User" in this context refers to a system
login account, not a MariaDB user listed in the grant tables.)
If you execute mysqld_safe with the --defaults-file or
--defaults-extra-file option to name an option file, the option must be
the first one given on the command line or the option file will not be
used. For example, this command will not use the named option file:
mysql> mysqld_safe --port=port_num --defaults-file=file_name
Instead, use the following command:
mysql> mysqld_safe --defaults-file=file_name --port=port_num
The mysqld_safe script is written so that it normally can start a
server that was installed from either a source or a binary distribution
of MariaDB, even though these types of distributions typically install
the server in slightly different locations. mysqld_safe expects one of
the following conditions to be true:
o The server and databases can be found relative to the working
directory (the directory from which mysqld_safe is invoked). For
binary distributions, mysqld_safe looks under its working directory
for bin and data directories. For source distributions, it looks
for libexec and var directories. This condition should be met if
you execute mysqld_safe from your MariaDB installation directory
(for example, /usr/local/mysql for a binary distribution).
o If the server and databases cannot be found relative to the working
directory, mysqld_safe attempts to locate them by absolute path
names. Typical locations are /usr/local/libexec and /usr/local/var.
The actual locations are determined from the values configured into
the distribution at the time it was built. They should be correct
if MariaDB is installed in the location specified at configuration
Because mysqld_safe tries to find the server and databases relative to
its own working directory, you can install a binary distribution of
MariaDB anywhere, as long as you run mysqld_safe from the MariaDB
shell> cd mysql_installation_directory
shell> bin/mysqld_safe &
If mysqld_safe fails, even when invoked from the MariaDB installation
directory, you can specify the --ledir and --datadir options to
indicate the directories in which the server and databases are located
on your system.
When you use mysqld_safe to start mysqld, mysqld_safe arranges for
error (and notice) messages from itself and from mysqld to go to the
There are several mysqld_safe options for controlling the destination
of these messages:
o --syslog: Write error messages to syslog on systems that support
the logger program.
o --skip-syslog: Do not write error messages to syslog. Messages are
written to the default error log file (host_name.err in the data
directory), or to a named file if the --log-error option is given.
o --log-error=file_name: Write error messages to the named error
If none of these options is given, the default is --skip-syslog.
If --syslog and --log-error are both given, a warning is issued and
--log-error takes precedence.
When mysqld_safe writes a message, notices go to the logging
destination (syslog or the error log file) and stdout. Errors go to the
logging destination and stderr.
Normally, you should not edit the mysqld_safe script. Instead,
configure mysqld_safe by using command-line options or options in the
[mysqld_safe] section of a my.cnf option file. In rare cases, it might
be necessary to edit mysqld_safe to get it to start the server
properly. However, if you do this, your modified version of mysqld_safe
might be overwritten if you upgrade MariaDB in the future, so you
should make a copy of your edited version that you can reinstall.
On NetWare, mysqld_safe is a NetWare Loadable Module (NLM) that is
ported from the original Unix shell script. It starts the server as
1. Runs a number of system and option checks.
2. Runs a check on MyISAM tables.
3. Provides a screen presence for the MariaDB server.
4. Starts mysqld, monitors it, and restarts it if it terminates in
5. Sends error messages from mysqld to the host_name.err file in the
6. Sends mysqld_safe screen output to the host_name.safe file in the
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