I'm trying to connect to mysql server running on fedora virtual machine. Connection is established. But when I've restarted mysql server with this command :

# /etc/init.d/mysqld restart 

stop is succeeded but start is failed!

I've tried with this command to start it but it's failed!

# /etc/init.d/mysqld start 

in the log file of mysql I had :

160509  13:09:58  [ERROR] /usr/libexec/mysqld: unknown variable 'bind-address'

160509 13:10:03 [ERROR] aborting

I've done some researches, I found that the solution is to uninstall mysql server and reinstall it, but I don't want to lose the data in my database. How can I fix this?

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    it looks to me like the contents of your mysql configuration file would be helpful to see -- particularly the lines around the "bind-address" text. The file is probably /etc/my.cnf – Jeff Schaller May 9 '16 at 15:17
  • based on this link it appears that the syntax wants to see "bind-address =" - where you are missing the equals-sign – Jeff Schaller May 9 '16 at 15:18
  • I'm guessing there is no = between bind-address and This directive can be removed so the server listens to all interfaces. – Valentin Bajrami May 9 '16 at 15:18
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    Where did you get mysql from? Upstream project or somewhere else? Do you need it? Current Fedora ships with mariadb, which should be drop-in compatible. – mattdm May 9 '16 at 15:19
  • Where did you find the upstart scripts? What version of Fedora are you using? Fedora is using systemd for years now. – Jakuje May 9 '16 at 18:18

You can comment the bind-address in /etc/my.cnf:

#bind-address                   =

also check that it is of the above format , var = value

if you are connecting to the database remotely , check your interface ip by using ip addr show or ifconfig command , get the ip and bind it to mysql.

   bind-address                   = your_ip

for example if you server ( on which mysql is installed ) has ip then it should be:

  bind-address                   = 

for more details , see this article

  • thanks for your response , it works locally , but I'm connecting to database remotely when I uncommented this line #bind-address = I lost Connection from the distant machine ! – pietà May 9 '16 at 15:34
  • answer updated , you can bind your interface ip to mysql – Ijaz Ahmad Khan May 9 '16 at 15:40
  • I've made these changes bind-address= , I saved and I retarted : /etc/init.d/mysqld restart stop is done but start is failed again ! when i comment #bind-address it's strated .. what maybe the problem here ? – pietà May 9 '16 at 15:55
  • check your logs and make sure the syntax is correct – Ijaz Ahmad Khan May 9 '16 at 16:01
  • No need for bind-address option even if you connect remotely. – Lev Bystritskiy May 9 '16 at 17:02

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