After you have installed Percona Server for MySQL, you may need to do the following:

Task Description
Initialize the data directory The source distribution or generic binary distribution installation does not automatically initialize the data directory
Update the root password The CentOS/RedHat installations set up a temporary root password.
Start the server Common method to start the server and check the status
Configure the server to start on startup Use systemd to start the server automatically
Testing the server Verify the server returns information
Enable time zone recognition Populate the time zone tables

Initializing the Data Directory

If you install the server using either the source distribution or generic binary distribution files, the data directory is not initialized, and you must run the initialization process after installation.

Run mysqld with the –initialize option or the initialize-insecure option.

Executing mysqld with either option does the following:

  • Verifies the existence of the data directory
  • Initializes the system tablespace and related structures
  • Creates system tables including grant tables, time zone tables, and server-side help tables
  • Creates root@localhost

You should run the following steps with the mysql login.

  1. Navigate to the MySQL directory. The example uses the default location.
$ cd /usr/local/mysql
  1. Create a directory for the MySQL files. The secure_file_priv uses the directory path as a value.
$ mkdir mydata

The mysql user account should have the drwxr-x--- permissions. Four sections define the permissions; file or directory, User, Group, and Others.

The first character designates if the permissions are for a file or directory. The first character is d for a directory.

The rest of the sections are specified in three-character sets.

Permission User Group Other
Read Yes Yes No
Write Yes No No
Execute Yes Yes No
  1. Run the command to initialize the data directory.
$ bin/mysqld --initialize

Secure the Installation

The mysql_secure_installation script improves the security of the installation.

Running the script does the following:

  • Changes the root password
  • Disallows remote login for root accounts
  • Removes anonymous users
  • Removes the test database
  • Reloads the privilege tables

The following statement runs the script:

$ mysql_secure_installation

Testing the Server

After a generic binary installation, the server starts. The following command checks the server status:

$ sudo service mysql status

Access the server with the following command:

$ mysql -u root -p

Configuring the Server to Start at Startup

You can manage the server with systemd. If you have installed the server from a generic binary distribution on an operating system that uses systemd, you can manually configure systemd support.

The following commands start, check the status, and stop the server:

$ systemctl start mysql
$ systemctl status mysql
$ systemctl stop mysql

Enabling the server to start at startup, run the following:

systemctl enable mysql

Testing the Server

After you have initialized the data directory, and the server is started, you can run tests on the server.

This section assumes you have used the default installation settings. If you have modified the installation, navigate to the installation location. You can also add the location by Setting the Environment Variables.

You can use the mysqladmin client to access the server.

If you have issues connecting to the server, you should use the root user and the root account password.

$ sudo mysqladmin -u root -p version
Enter password:

mysql Ver 8.0.19-10 for debian-linux-gnu on x86_64 (Percona Server (GPL), Release '10', Revision 'f446c04')
Server version      8.0.19-10
Protocol version    10
Connection          Localhost via UNIX socket
UNIX socket         /var/run/mysqld/mysqld.sock
Uptime:             4 hours 58 min 10 section

Threads:    2 Questions:    16 Slow queries: 0 Opens: 139 Flush tables: 3
Open tables: 59  Queries per second avg: 0.0000

Use mysqlshow to display database and table information.

$ sudo mysqlshow -u root -p
Enter password:

|      Databases      |
| information_schema  |
| mysql               |
| performance_schema  |
| sys                 |

Populating the Time Zone Tables

The time zone system tables are the following:

  • time_zone
  • time_zone_leap_second
  • time_zone_name
  • time_zone_transition
  • time_zone_transition_type

If you install the server using either the source distribution or generic binary distribution files, the installation creates the time zone tables, but the tables are not populated.

The mysql_tzinfo_to_sql program populates the tables from the zoneinfo directory data available in Linux.

A common method to populate the tables is to add the zoneinfo directory path to mysql_tzinfo_to_sql and then send the output into mysql.

The example assumes you are running the command with the root account. You must use an account with the privileges able to modify MySQL system tables.

$ mysql_tzinfo_to_sql /usr/share/zoneinfo | mysql -u root -p rootpassword

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