mysql not starting on boot

Rob lists at
Wed Jan 6 18:11:23 UTC 2010

To the mysql init script, I added:

# REQUIRE: dhclient

And to the dhclient init script I added:


In addition to changing DHCP to SYNCDHCP in rc.conf, mysql now starts up 
on boot.  I would think the dhclient change should be required in the 
default setup since NETWORKING should be up before attempting to grab a 
dhcp IP, or am I misunderstanding here?

Either way, the above seems to have solved my problem.  Thanks!


Matthew Seaman wrote:
> Rob wrote:
>> Since I upgraded to FreBSD 8.0, I'm noticing that mysql isn't starting 
>> on boot anymore.  It starts fine once the system has booted, and 
>> looking at the mysql log I see:
>> 100105 17:46:56 mysqld_safe Starting mysqld daemon with databases from 
>> /var/db/m
>> ysql
>> 100105 17:46:56 [ERROR] Can't start server: cannot resolve hostname!: 
>> Unknown er
>> ror: 0
>> 100105 17:46:56 [ERROR] Aborting
>> I use dhcp and ddns in my network, so I'm guessing that mysql is 
>> attempting to start before the networking has stabilized.  Is there a 
>> way to make mysql be the last thing started at boot?
> MySQL will be happy if it can work out what the hostname of the machine
> is.  You say you're using ddns?  If that means your machines are pushing
> a hostname up to the DHCP server while they ask it for an IP number, then
> there should be no problem.
> You can simply set the hostname in /etc/rc.conf -- it doesn't really
> matter if the machine thinks its name is one thing, and the IPs on its
> network interfaces resolve to something else (at least, not for the
> purposes of running mysql.).  The thing you'ld have to look out for are
> the host part of  usernames in grants of permissions to users. 
>> I tried adding:
>> To the init script, but that didn't seem to have any effect.  Is there 
>> a tool that will run through all the init scripts and tell you the 
>> order of startup?
> rcorder(8)
> You might also find it beneficial to use 'SYNCDHCP' instead of plain 'DHCP'
> in ifconfig_XXY lines in /etc/rc.conf -- this will cause the boot 
> process to
> block on getting an IP for the interface, rather than the default action of
> backgrounding that process and trying to start everything else up.
>     Cheers,
>     Matthew

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