In MySQL 5.1.20 (only), the default error logging behavior with mysqld_safe is to write errors to syslog on systems that support the logger program. This differs from the default behavior of writing an error log file for other versions.
In 5.1.20, logging to syslog may fail to operate correctly in some cases; if so, use --skip-syslog to use the default log file or --log-error=file_name to specify a log file name explicitly.
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 mysqld. See Section 5.1.2, "Server Command Options".
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] group of an option file. See Section 184.108.40.206, "Using Option Files".
mysqld_safe reads all options from the [mysqld], [server], and [mysqld_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 MySQL 5.1 installations.
mysqld_safe supports the options in the following list. It also reads option files and supports the options for processing them described at Section 220.127.116.11.1, "Command-Line Options that Affect Option-File Handling".
Display a help message and exit.
(NetWare only) On NetWare, mysqld_safe provides a screen presence. When you unload (shut down) the mysqld_safe NLM, the screen does not by default go away. Instead, it prompts for user input:
*<NLM has terminated; Press any key to close the screen>*
If you want NetWare to close the screen automatically instead, use the --autoclose option to mysqld_safe.
The path to the MySQL installation directory.
The size of the core file that mysqld should be able to create. The option value is passed to ulimit -c.
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 used.
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. See Section 5.2.2, "The Error Log".
The name of the server program (in the ledir directory) that you want to start. This option is needed if you use the MySQL 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 given value.
Do not read any option files. This must be the first option on the command line if it is used.
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.
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 local connections.
--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. These options were added in MySQL 5.1.20.
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. This option was added in MySQL 5.1.21.
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 MySQL 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 MySQL, even though these types of distributions typically install the server in slightly different locations. (See Section 2.1.5, "Installation Layouts".) mysqld_safe expects one of the following conditions to be true:
Because mysqld_safe tries to find the server and databases relative to its own working directory, you can install a binary distribution of MySQL anywhere, as long as you run mysqld_safe from the MySQL installation directory:
shell> cd mysql_installation_directory shell> bin/mysqld_safe &
If mysqld_safe fails, even when invoked from the MySQL 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 same destination.
As of MySQL 5.1.20, there are several mysqld_safe options for controlling the destination of these messages:
If none of these options is given, the default is --skip-syslog.
In MySQL 5.1.20 only, the default is --syslog. This differs from logging behavior for other versions of MySQL, for which the default is to write messages to the default error log file.
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.
Before MySQL 5.1.20, error logging is controlled only with the --log-error option. If it is given, messages go to the named error file. Otherwise, messages go to the default error file.
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 MySQL 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 follows:
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