mysqld startup issue

Gary Aitken freebsd at
Mon Jun 11 22:11:56 UTC 2012

On 06/11/12 13:48, Robert Bonomi wrote:

>> Unfortunately, mysqld won't start:
> [ sneck ]
>> 120611 10:55:52 [ERROR] Can't open the mysql.plugin table. Please run mysql_upgrade to create it.

> Have you tried doing what the error message _tells_ you to do ?

nope, and yup
nope, because the docs clearly state that the server needs to be running.
yup, because I did it anyway just to see what it would do

> If so, what happened?

Unsurprisingly, it craps out saying it cannot connect to the server.

problem was missing --datadir option when starting server

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