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MySQL® Administrator’s Guide and Language Reference by MySQL AB

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4.4 MySQL Server Startup Programs

This section describes several programs that are used to start mysqld, the MySQL server.

4.4.1 mysqld_safe—MySQL Server Startup Script

mysqld_safe is the recommended way to start a mysqld server on Unix and NetWare. mysqld_safe adds some safety features such as restarting the server when an error occurs and logging runtime information to an error log file. NetWare-specific behaviors are listed later in this section.

Note: To preserve backward compatibility with older versions of MySQL, MySQL binary distributions still include safe_mysqld as a symbolic link to mysqld_safe. However, you should not rely on this because it is removed as of MySQL 5.1.

By default, mysqld_safe tries to start an executable named ...

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