Sometimes MySQL seems to have trouble starting up automatically. Even though I have the setting for MySql set to start up automatically via the checkbox “Automatically Start MySQL Server on Startup” in System Prefrences - MySQL. Even pressing the “Start MysSQL Server” button doesn’t work.
When this happens I find it useful to start up MySql via the command line. To do this I execute
Either this is successful and it will say:
Starting MySQL ......... SUCCESS!
or it may give a slightly more useful error message.
You can also check the logs at /usr/local/mysql/data/localhost.err to see if there is anything useful there.
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