I installed mariaDB under the path ‘/app/mysql’;

Since the configuration file could not be found, I created the 'my.cnf' file under the 'etc/mysql' path and copied the content online, my.cnf CODE:



When I run the command systemctl start mariadb, no error seems to be reported, but systemctl status mariadb says it failed. Code:

[root@iZbp13edmlpcdqu2759ccaZ system]# systemctl status mariadb
● mariadb.service - MariaDB - database server
   Loaded: loaded (/usr/lib/systemd/system/mariadb.service; enabled; vendor preset: enabled)
   Active: failed (Result: exit-code) since Thu 2023-10-19 20:31:46 CST; 13s ago
  Process: 115928 ExecStart=/app/mysql/bin/mysql -c /app/mysql (code=exited, status=1/FAILURE)
 Main PID: 115928 (code=exited, status=1/FAILURE)

Oct 19 20:31:46 iZbp13edmlpcdqu2759ccaZ systemd[1]: Started MariaDB - database server.
Oct 19 20:31:46 iZbp13edmlpcdqu2759ccaZ systemd[1]: mariadb.service: Main process exited, code=exited, status=1/FAILURE
Oct 19 20:31:46 iZbp13edmlpcdqu2759ccaZ systemd[1]: mariadb.service: Failed with result 'exit-code'.

mariadb.service code:

Description=MariaDB - database server


# ExecStartPre=/app/mysql/bin/mysql -t -c  /app/mysql

ExecStart=/app/mysql/bin/mysql -c  /app/mysql
ExecStop=/app/mysql/bin/mysql -s stop



I hope to start mariadb successfully. How should I modify it? Thanks for any help.

  • 2
    Please don't post pictures of text. Post the text instead! The question editor has a special "code formatting" button for that. Oct 19, 2023 at 10:44
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    By the way, reading the error message tells you what's wrong Oct 19, 2023 at 10:46
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    (also, it's a bit questionable that you install MariaDB yourself. Why that? does your Linux distro not have a better way of installing it?) Oct 19, 2023 at 10:47
  • man systemd.service says that ExecQuit isn't an option in service files
    – admstg
    Oct 19, 2023 at 12:04
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    are you really intending to start mysql and not mysqld? Oct 19, 2023 at 13:35

1 Answer 1


If you build with cmake -DCMAKE_INSTALL_PREFIX=/app/mariadb ../mariadb-source (its not mysql which is why I'm using '/app/mariadb') and compile, you'll find the generated systemd file in /app/mariadb/support-files/systemd/mariadb.service.

Like the comments suggest, mysql is a client connection tool (now named mariadb) and inventing options like -c /app/mysql and -s stop won't mangicly make it behave like a service manager.

Even if you want to invent your own, look at the existing version, its service many users and been pretty reliable, and its author (me) wasn't totally mad.

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