Continuing with the MySQL mini posts I ran into this error today while setting up our redundancy servers. I moved the mysql directory out of it’s default location of /var/lib. So when I went to start Mysql it would fail. When I looked in the /var/log/mysqld.log I seen the following:

Fatal error: Can’t open and lock privilege tables: Table ‘’ doesn’t exist

To fix this issue you simply just have to tell mysql where to look not that the default installation is moved. You can do that with:

mysql_install_db –user=mysql –ldata=/newlocation

once you do that you can restart mysql

/etc/init.d/mysqld restart

and that is all.

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