Thanks for the replies guys.

Turns out that the my.cnf file needed to be in either /db/mysql/ my.cnf (where i am pointing the datadir to) OR /usr/local/etc/my.cnf. I hit a problem when I moved it to either folder though because some of the variables for mysql were out and the default socket/pid-file directory was not created.

* mkdir /var/run/mysqld and change owner to mysql (for socket & pid- file) * change my.cnf language variable to /usr/local/share/mysql/english (was previously /usr/share/mysql/english and causing mysql to fail to start) * mkdir /etc/mysql/conf.d for additional settings, either that or comment out !includedir line in the my.cnf file, I decided to mkdir for fun times

So there we go... only took a few days but nailed it ;) thanks to everyone who provided feedback... i hope this helps others out in the future.

Hartleigh Burton
Resident Geek.

On 02/08/2007, at 2:54 PM, Duane Hill wrote:

On Thu, 2 Aug 2007 at 00:45 -0400, [EMAIL PROTECTED] confabulated:

On Thu, Aug 02, 2007 at 02:04:45PM +1000, Hartleigh Burton wrote:
Hi Guys,

I have installed MySQL 5.0.45 server on a new FreeBSD 6.2 boxen, and
having some problems restoring a 10GB database backup to the new
server. The error I receive is max_allowed_packet too large. When I
change the value for max_allowed_packet and set it to 100M, or 500M,
or 1G, or 1000M, or 8589934592 (bits), it does not appear to be
changing the value in MySQL.

I only have one configuration file located in /etc/mysql/my.cnf which
is where I am setting the max_allowed_packet value.

After altering this value, I restart MySQL (or even the entire
server) and then log into mysql and do a "show variables;" command.
The max_allowed_packet variable is ALWAYS set to 1048576 (1M), and
has not changed no matter what I try.

Is the my.cnf file in the right location (/etc/mysql/)???

No, that is not the default location.  I think it uses
/var/db/mysql/my.cnf by default.

My config file is located at /etc/my.cnf and it works fine.

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