Can't start mysql - mysql respawning too fast, stopped

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Published on 2012-04-28T20:23:59Z Indexed on 2012/11/24 5:19 UTC
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Today I did a fresh install of ubuntu 12.04 and went about setting up my local development environment. I installed mysql and edited /etc/mysql/my.cnf to optimise InnoDB but when I try to restart mysql, it fails with a error:

[20:53][[email protected]:/var/www/website] (master) $ sudo service mysql restart
start: Job failed to start

The syslog reveals there is a problem with the init script:

> tail -f /var/log/syslog

Apr 28 21:17:46 Pochama kernel: [11840.884524] type=1400 audit(1335644266.033:184): apparmor="STATUS" operation="profile_replace" name="/usr/sbin/mysqld" pid=760 comm="apparmor_parser"
Apr 28 21:17:47 Pochama kernel: [11842.603773] init: mysql main process (764) terminated with status 7
Apr 28 21:17:47 Pochama kernel: [11842.603841] init: mysql main process ended, respawning
Apr 28 21:17:48 Pochama kernel: [11842.932462] init: mysql post-start process (765) terminated with status 1
Apr 28 21:17:48 Pochama kernel: [11842.950393] type=1400 audit(1335644268.101:185): apparmor="STATUS" operation="profile_replace" name="/usr/sbin/mysqld" pid=811 comm="apparmor_parser"
Apr 28 21:17:49 Pochama kernel: [11844.656598] init: mysql main process (815) terminated with status 7
Apr 28 21:17:49 Pochama kernel: [11844.656665] init: mysql main process ended, respawning
Apr 28 21:17:50 Pochama kernel: [11845.004435] init: mysql post-start process (816) terminated with status 1
Apr 28 21:17:50 Pochama kernel: [11845.021777] type=1400 audit(1335644270.173:186): apparmor="STATUS" operation="profile_replace" name="/usr/sbin/mysqld" pid=865 comm="apparmor_parser"
Apr 28 21:17:51 Pochama kernel: [11846.721982] init: mysql main process (871) terminated with status 7
Apr 28 21:17:51 Pochama kernel: [11846.722001] init: mysql respawning too fast, stopped

Any ideas?


Things I tried already:

I googled and found a Ubuntu bug with apparmor (https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/mysql-5.5/+bug/970366), I changed apparmor from enforce mode to complain mode:

sudo apt-get install apparmor-utils
sudo aa-complain /usr/sbin/mysqld
sudo /etc/init.d/apparmor reload

but it didn't help. I still can't start mysql.

I also thought the issue may be because the InnoDB logfiles were a different size than mysql was expecting. I removed the innodb log files before restarting using: sudo mv /var/lib/mysql/ib_logfile* /tmp. No luck though.

Workaround: I re-installed 12.04, made sure not to touch /etc/mysql/my.cnf in any way. Mysql is working so I can get on with what I need to do. But I will need to edit it at some point - Hopefully I'll have figured out a solution, or this question will have been answered by that point...

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