mysql-server-5.1.22 system administration docs on FreeBSD7.0-RELEASE-i386 ?

David Christensen dpchrist at
Thu Aug 28 05:46:39 UTC 2008

Fraser Tweedale wrote:
> put the following line in /etc/rc.conf:
>     mysql_enable="YES"
> and run (as root):
> /usr/local/etc/rc.d/mysql-server start
    # echo 'mysql_enable="YES"' >> /etc/rc.conf

    # /usr/local/etc/rc.d/mysql-server start
    Starting mysql.

    # mysql
    Welcome to the MySQL monitor.  Commands end with ; or \g.
    Your MySQL connection id is 1
    Server version: 5.1.22-rc FreeBSD port: mysql-server-5.1.22

    Type 'help;' or '\h' for help. Type '\c' to clear the buffer.


Ahhh -- much better.  :-)

The explanation is here:

    Since the rc.d system is primarily intended to start/stop services
    at system startup/shutdown time, the standard start, stop and
    restart options will only perform their action if the appropriate
    /etc/rc.conf variables are set. For instance the above sshd restart
    command will only work if sshd_enable is set to YES in
    /etc/rc.conf. ...

freebsdemail at wrote:
> Try adding mysql_enable="YES" to /etc/rc.conf after this is done try
> starting again via the rc script. In the future pass the parameter
> rcvar to the rc script.
> Eg. /usr/local/etc/rc.d/mysql-server rcvar
> mysql_enable="YES" this would indicate what to add to rc.conf

    # /usr/local/etc/rc.d/mysql-server rcvar
    # mysql

The explanation is here:

    It is easy to check if a service is enabled in /etc/rc.conf by
    running the appropriate rc.d script with the option rcvar. Thus, an
    administrator can check that sshd is in fact enabled in
    /etc/rc.conf by running:

    # /etc/rc.d/sshd rcvar
    # sshd



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