Postinsts barfing when mysqld not running

Barry deFreese bddebian at
Fri Aug 17 21:50:27 BST 2007

Hey folks,

There are several bug reports on LP about postinsts failing with the 
following message:

ERROR 2002 (HY000): Can't connect to local MySQL server through socket 


For simba, I did something like this in the simba.postinst:

# Check if mysqlserver is running
if [ -e "/var/run/mysqld/mysqld.sock" ]; then
    echo "W: Database server does not appear to be running!"
    echo "W: Please try dpkg-reconfigure simba to configure the package."

Should I tell them to install a database server and make sure it's 
running, then reconfigure the package.  Or am I approaching this the 
wrong way entirely?


Barry deFreese (aka bddebian)

And no, I haven't uploaded simba with that in it. :-)

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