can't start mysql56 after move datadir

Murray Eisenberg murrayeisenberg at
Thu Feb 12 14:05:18 PST 2015

After upgrading from OS X Mavericks to Yosemite, I did the standard procedure for migrating macports. But I found that the mysql server would not start. So I uninstalled mysql56 completely and installed anew. Worked just fine.

But, I want my datadir to be someplace else from the default, so I edited my.cnf as shown below, then did an _exact_ copy (* preserving permissions *) of /opt/local/var/db/mysql56 to new location ~/Databases/mysql/data, i.e.,

When I execute

   sudo /usr/local/mysql/support-files/mysql.server start

now I get the dreaded message

   Starting MySQL
. ERROR! The server quit without updating PID file (/Volumes/MacHD/Users/thisuser/Databases/mysql/data/

In MyMachineName.local.err, I see the following:

  ===== extract from [MyMachineName].local.err ======

150212 16:53:28 mysqld_safe mysqld from pid file /Volumes/MacHD/Users/thisuser/Databases/mysql/data/ ended
150212 16:59:05 mysqld_safe Starting mysqld daemon with databases from /Volumes/MacHD/Users/thisuser/Databases/mysql/data
2015-02-12 16:59:05 0 [Warning] TIMESTAMP with implicit DEFAULT value is deprecated. Please use --explicit_defaults_for_timestamp server option (see documentation for more details).
2015-02-12 16:59:05 82301 [Warning] Setting lower_case_table_names=2 because file system for /Volumes/MacHD/Users/thisuser/Databases/mysql/data/ is case insensitive
150212 16:59:06 mysqld_safe mysqld from pid file /Volumes/MacHD/Users/thisuser/Databases/mysql/data/ ended

  ==== end extract =======

So the mysql server does seem to be using the datadir I specified. And the ownership on this datadir are the same (_mysql:_mysql) as on /opt/local/var/db/mysql56.

What's wrong?

Below is my /opt/local/etc/mysql56/my.cnf.

   ========== begin file my.cnf ===========

# Use default MacPorts settings
!include /opt/local/etc/mysql56/macports-default.cnf

datadir = /Volumes/MacHD/Users/thisuser/Databases/mysql/data 
port = 3306
socket = /opt/local/var/run/mysql56/mysqld.sock


socket = /opt/local/var/run/mysql56/mysqld.sock

    ============ end file =============
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