Start MySQl from command line on Mac

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

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

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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