Bug #82049 MySQL Community fails to start on CentOS 7
Submitted: 29 Jun 2016 12:43 Modified: 30 Jun 2016 16:36
Reporter: Frederic Descamps Email Updates:
Status: Closed Impact on me:
Category:MySQL Server: Installing Severity:S3 (Non-critical)
Version:5.7.13 OS:CentOS (7)
Assigned to: Terje Røsten CPU Architecture:Any

[29 Jun 2016 12:43] Frederic Descamps
When MySQL Community 5.7 is installed on a fresh server but using an existing my.cnf where datadir is not specified, initialize fails and mysqld is not able to start. If there is an empty (or default my.cnf from mariadb-libs or no my.cnf) it works.

How to repeat:
1. Have a fresh installed CentOS 7
2. install mysql-community:
  - yum install http://dev.mysql.com/get/mysql57-community-release-el7-8.noarch.rpm
  - yum install mysql-community-server.x86_64
3. be sure mysqld is stopped and /var/lib/mysql empry
  - systemctl stop mysqld.service
  - rm -rf /var/lib/mysql/*
4. edit my.cnf to have something like:
5. start mysqld
  - systemctl start mysqld.service
Job for mysqld.service failed because the control process exited with error code. See "systemctl status mysqld.service" and "journalctl -xe" for details.

in error log:
2016-06-29T11:52:30.772063Z 0 [Note] InnoDB: Waiting for purge to start
2016-06-29T11:52:30.822333Z 0 [Note] InnoDB: 5.7.13 started; log sequence number 0
2016-06-29T11:52:30.825145Z 0 [Note] Plugin 'FEDERATED' is disabled.
mysqld: Table 'mysql.plugin' doesn't exist
2016-06-29T11:52:30.827624Z 0 [ERROR] Can't open the mysql.plugin table. Please run mysql_upgrade to create it.
2016-06-29T11:52:30.838882Z 0 [Note] Salting uuid generator variables, current_pid: 19578, server_start_time: 1467201150, bytes_sent: 0, 
2016-06-29T11:52:30.840017Z 0 [Note] Generated uuid: 'f59a8016-3def-11e6-a3ce-08002774c31b', server_start_time: 5510717095508443896, bytes_sent: 44976960
2016-06-29T11:52:30.840036Z 0 [Warning] No existing UUID has been found, so we assume that this is the first time that this server has been started. Generating a new UUID: f59a8016-3def-11e6-a3ce-08002774c31b.
2016-06-29T11:52:30.842006Z 0 [Warning] Gtid table is not ready to be used. Table 'mysql.gtid_executed' cannot be opened.
2016-06-29T11:52:30.845183Z 0 [Warning] Failed to set up SSL because of the following SSL library error: SSL context is not usable without certificate and private key
2016-06-29T11:52:30.873415Z 0 [Note] Server hostname (bind-address): '*'; port: 3306
2016-06-29T11:52:30.875919Z 0 [Note] IPv6 is available.
2016-06-29T11:52:30.875938Z 0 [Note]   - '::' resolves to '::';
2016-06-29T11:52:30.875966Z 0 [Note] Server socket created on IP: '::'.
2016-06-29T11:52:30.878554Z 0 [Warning] Failed to open optimizer cost constant tables

2016-06-29T11:52:30.880482Z 0 [ERROR] Fatal error: Can't open and lock privilege tables: Table 'mysql.user' doesn't exist
2016-06-29T11:52:30.880529Z 0 [ERROR] Aborting

Initialize created a directory: /var/lib/mysql:-
# ls /var/lib/mysql\:-/
auto.cnf         client-key.pem  ib_logfile1        performance_schema  server-key.pem
ca-key.pem       ib_buffer_pool  mysql              private_key.pem     sys
ca.pem           ibdata1         mysql3-bin.000001  public_key.pem
client-cert.pem  ib_logfile0     mysql3-bin.index   server-cert.pem

Why there ?

To fix, just add the datadir in my.cnf, even if it's the default:

When using mysqld --initialize-insecure --user=mysql --datadir=/var/lib/mysql it works.

Suggested fix:
Don't create those table in /var/lib/mysql:- and create them in the right folder.

The problem is related to /usr/bin/mysqld_pre_systemd

datadir=$(get_option mysqld datadir "/var/lib/mysql${instance+:-$instance}" $instance)

$instance is empty and datadir is then /var/lib/mysql:-
[29 Jun 2016 16:38] Terje Røsten
Thanks for report! Verified.
[29 Jun 2016 16:53] Terje Røsten
Seems like + and : got swapped there, will this change:

-datadir=$(get_option mysqld datadir "/var/lib/mysql${instance+:-$instance}" $instance)
+datadir=$(get_option mysqld datadir "/var/lib/mysql${instance:+-$instance}" $instance)

fix it for you?
[29 Jun 2016 18:00] Frederic Descamps
I confirm, this fixes it :)
[30 Jun 2016 16:36] Paul Dubois
Posted by developer:
Noted in 5.7.14 changelog.

On CentOS, mysqld installed from a MySQL Community distribution
failed to start if a my.cnf file with no datadir value specified was