Solved: mysqld_safe Directory ‘/var/run/mysqld’ for UNIX socket file don’t exists.

When working with MySQL, a common issue that developers often encounter is the error message “mysqld_safe Directory ‘/var/run/mysqld’ for UNIX socket file doesn’t exist”. This can be troublesome especially when your routine tasks rely heavily on this widely used open-source relational database management system. This error typically indicates that there is a problem with the directory where MySQL stores its socket file. Here we’ll delve into how this issue can be resolved, dissect the solution step by step, and explore some of the functions and libraries that come into play.

Why does this problem occur? The issue arises when the MySQL server can’t find the /var/run/mysqld directory. This is generally the location where MySQL keeps its UNIX socket file, which is crucial for local connections. If for any reason this directory is missing, then MySQL fails to function as intended.

systemctl start mysql

This error occurs when you try to start the MySQL server using the above command. The reason behind this issue is the absence of the directory /var/run/mysqld.


The solution to this problem is quite straightforward. All you need to do is create the directory where MySQL wants to store the socket file. The following commands will do exactly that:

mkdir -p /var/run/mysqld
chown mysql:mysql /var/run/mysqld

The first line uses the ‘mkdir -p’ command to create the /var/run/mysqld directory. The ‘-p’ option tells the system to create parent directories as needed.

The second line ‘chown mysql:mysql /var/run/mysqld’, changes the owner and group of the /var/run/mysqld directory to mysql, which is the user and group under which the MySQL server runs.

Understanding the SQL Code

To understand and implement the solution, you need to be familiar with the functions used and how they interact. We will explain these in detail here.

  • mkdir: This command, as stated above, stands for “make directory”. It is used to create a directory. The ‘-p’ option in the command means that it will also create all the parent directories as needed. For example, if ‘/var/run/’ does not exist, it will also be created.
  • chown: This command stands for “change owner”. It is used to change the owner and the group of a file or a directory. ‘mysql:mysql’ implies that the server should change the owner to user ‘mysql’ and the group to ‘mysql’ for the directory ‘/var/run/mysqld’.

Libraries and Functions involved

1. MySQL Server: The MySQL server is central to this discussion as the problem revolves around it. It uses the UNIX socket file, stored in /var/run/mysqld, to handle local connections.

2. UNIX/LINUX: We are also dealing with UNIX commands here. These are essential components of any LINUX system and help in creating directories and assigning permissions on the server.

By understanding the underlying cause of this error and the commands used to fix it, you can easily ensure smooth operation of your MySQL servers. Should you encounter similar errors in the future, the process of troubleshooting will be much more streamlined and less daunting.

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