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Re: Unable to install MySQL 5.5.8 on MacOS 10.6 - SOLVED
Posted by: C H
Date: January 26, 2011 01:05PM

I experienced the same issue with mysql 5.5.8 not starting on Mac OS X 10.6.6 but was able to resolve the issue to my satisfaction

I'll leave it to others to decide whether this is a workaround or a completely legitimate and reasonable solution, but I made a one line change in the mysql.server startup script

The script is located at:

Edit line 67 which reads:
to fully specify the path to the bin directory:

No other changes were required. There might have been a more elegant/portable solution such as passing the basedir on the command line of the format:
/usr/local/mysql/support-files/mysql.server start --basedir=/usr/local/mysql
which according to the documentation should work, but alas, it does not. even if it had, the documented format (start|stop before parameters) precludes a minimal update to the mac StartupItem script: /Library/StartupItems/MySQLCOM/MySQLCOM as such an edit would be at least a two line change rather than one.

In any case, to be clear, the working solution is the one-line change to line 67 of /usr/local/mysql/support-files/mysql.server

-- hillct

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