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I am using MySQL v5.1 on Ubuntu machine.

MySQL data directory is /var/lib/mysql/

I have a test.dat file located on /var/lib/mysql/tmp/test.dat

I would like to load data from the test.dat file into my database table, so I execute the following SQL statement:

LOAD DATA INFILE '/var/lib/mysql/tmp/test.dat'
            INTO TABLE myapp.cars;

But I got the following error:

Mysql2::Error: Can't get stat of '/var/lib/mysql/tmp/test.dat' (Errcode: 2): LOAD DATA INFILE '/var/lib/mysql/tmp/test.dat'

What could be the reason??

P.S. one thing come to my mind is that /var/lib/mysql/ can only be accessed by root user, but I am not sure if it is the reason.

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$ ls -ld /var/lib/mysql
drwx------ 21 mysql mysql 4096 2011-11-18 14:07 /var/lib/mysql

Yes, you have no permissions for that directory (it may be root:root depending on your setup). Use:

sudo mysql -u mysqluser -e "LOAD DATA INFILE '/var/lib/mysql/tmp/test.dat' INTO TABLE myapp.cars;"

Or just copy the file to your home directory (or wherever) and chown it to yourself.

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if your file is on localhost, use


instead of LOAD DATA INFILE.

Plus, have the file permission to be readable by mysql user, and plus have this run by mysql root:

GRANT FILE ON *.* to <your_db_user_name>@localhost;
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