I hope this is the right place--i looked over the MySQL docs but they talk
about a different startup practice than what FreeBSD uses.
I have a new install of MySQL 5.1 on a FreeBSD 6.2 system. I want to have my
MySQL data directory in a place other than /var/db/mysql. I thought i do this by
copying the appropriate my.cnf into /etc/my.conf and adding a line like
/usr/local/mysql/var/" and making it readable to mysql user. But this doesnt
when i restart MySQL its still using /var/db/mysql.
So i looked at the mysql-server startup script in /usr/local/etc/rc.d and added
rc.conf "mysql_dbdir="/usr/local/mysql/var"". (I DON'T want to do it this way,
because i really want my MySQL related configuration things in my MySQL
configuration file, not split between there and my FreeBSD startup file. What if
i need to start mysql in some other way? But for now im just trying to see what
i can get to work.) This seemed to change something--mysqld had been running
when i made this change and when I ran "mysql-server stop" it couldnt stop,
because it was looking in /usr/local/mysql/var/foo.pid--i think this means it
register the change to the new directory. But i couldnt then start it, because
I run "mysql-server start" i get a "Can't connect to local MySQL server through
socket '/tmp/mysql.sock'" error.
What's the right way to do this? Again id really prefer to do this all through
my.cnf file, but this seems not to be getting read, at least for this reason.
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