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       mysql_install_db - initialize MariaDB data directory


       mysql_install_db [options]


       mysql_install_db initializes the MariaDB data directory and creates the system tables that
       it contains, if they do not exist.

       To invoke mysql_install_db, use the following syntax:

           shell> mysql_install_db [options]

       Because the MariaDB server, mysqld, needs to access the data directory when it runs later,
       you should either run mysql_install_db from the same account that will be used for running
       mysqld or run it as root and use the --user option to indicate the user name that mysqld
       will run as. It might be necessary to specify other options such as --basedir or --datadir
       if mysql_install_db does not use the correct locations for the installation directory or
       data directory. For example:

           shell> bin/mysql_install_db --user=mysql \
                    --basedir=/opt/mysql/mysql \

       mysql_install_db needs to invoke mysqld with the --bootstrap and --skip-grant-tables
       options (see Section 2.3.2, “Typical configure Options”). If MariaDB was configured with
       the --disable-grant-options option, --bootstrap and --skip-grant-tables will be disabled.
       To handle this, set the MYSQLD_BOOTSTRAP environment variable to the full path name of a
       server that has all options enabled.  mysql_install_db will use that server.

       mysql_install_db supports the following options, which can be specified on the command
       line or in the [mysql_install_db] and (if they are common to mysqld) [mysqld] option file

       ·   --basedir=path

           The path to the MariaDB installation directory.

       ·   --builddir=path

           If using --srcdir with out-of-directory builds, you will need to set this to the
           location of the build directory where built files reside..

       ·   --cross-bootstrap

           For internal use. Used when building the MariaDB system tables on a different host
           than the target..

       ·   --datadir=path, --ldata=path

           The path to the MariaDB data directory.

       ·   --defaults-extra-file=filename

           Set filename as the file to read default options from after the global defaults files
           has been read.  Must be given as first option.

       ·   --defaults-file=filename

           Set filename as the file to read default options from, override global defaults files.
           Must be given as first option.

       ·   --defaults-group-suffix=name

           In addition to the given groups, also read groups with this suffix.

       ·   --force

           Cause mysql_install_db to run even if DNS does not work. In that case, grant table
           entries that normally use host names will use IP addresses.

       ·   --help

           Display a help message and exit.

       ·   --no-defaults

           Do not read default options from any option file. This must be given as the first

       ·   --print-defaults

           Print the program argument list and exit.  This must be given as the first argument.

       ·   --rpm

           For internal use. This option is used by RPM files during the MariaDB installation

       ·   --skip-name-resolve

           Use IP addresses rather than host names when creating grant table entries. This option
           can be useful if your DNS does not work.

       ·   --srcdir=path

           For internal use. The directory under which mysql_install_db looks for support files
           such as the error message file and the file for populating the help tables.4.

       ·   --user=user_name

           The login user name to use for running mysqld. Files and directories created by mysqld
           will be owned by this user. You must be root to use this option. By default, mysqld
           runs using your current login name and files and directories that it creates will be
           owned by you.

       ·   --verbose

           Verbose mode. Print more information about what the program does.

       ·   --windows

           For internal use. This option is used for creating Windows distributions.


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