MYSQL update

Hal Burgiss hal at
Thu Nov 13 16:10:24 UTC 2008

On Thu, Nov 13, 2008 at 10:13:40PM +0800, Chris Jeffries wrote:
> > 
> > It almost sounds like the mysql system user is gone missing. Do you
> > still have a mysql account like 'debian-sys-maint', and does it have
> > the password it needs? Also, have you checked syslog for a better
> > error message?
> Spot on. Thank you. I had hacked the user file to transfer users
> over from a Windows system (not all that successfully) and trashed
> the debian maint. user (I did not realise there was one) in the
> process.
> Since I rarely use mysqladmin, I had also used the stop command
> instead of the shutdown command. I shall really have to learn what I
> am doing before doing it!!!

AFAIK, this is a debian convention. I learned mysql elsewhere and got
bit by this right off the bat with Ubuntu. 

It is one serious gotcha about moving databases around from one system
to another.


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