I moved my bin-logs to a different folder:

log-bin = /storage/mysql/bin-log
log-bin-index = /storage/mysql/bin-log.index

When I try to start mysqld I get this:

/usr/libexec/mysqld: File '/storage/mysql/bin-log.index' not found (Errcode: 13)

Permissions for the files and directory are fine, sudo -u mysql touch /storage/mysql/bin-log.index is working fine and there is no apparmor installed.

Any ideas what could cause this?

2 Answers 2


SELinux was installed and it didn't allow access to those files.

Disabling it solves the problem.


Based on this documentation from Red Hat: Chapter 3. SELinux Contexts and man page reading:

I want to have logfiles in /var/log/mysql instead of /var/log/mariadb and leave SELinux enabled.

The newly created log directory /var/log/mysql will by default be unaccessible to MySQL server due to SELinux.


grep for string setroubleshoot in /var/log/ and run the indicated sealert commands to find details on the actual SELinux problem you observe.

For example:

sealert -l 141804b3-9ae5-4484-be0b-741fc558ff6d
SELinux is preventing /usr/libexec/mysqld from 'read, write' accesses on the file bin_hull03.index.

*****  Plugin catchall (100. confidence) suggests   **************************

If you believe that mysqld should be allowed read write access on the bin_hull03.index file by default.
Then you should report this as a bug.
You can generate a local policy module to allow this access.
allow this access for now by executing:
# ausearch -c 'mysqld' --raw | audit2allow -M my-mysqld
# semodule -i my-mysqld.pp

Additional Information:

This is not necessarily helpful in this case.

Use ls -lZ to find out what the context of /var/log/mysql is relative to /var/log/mariadb:

# ls -lZ /var/log/mysql /var/log/mariadb
drwxrwx---. root mysql unconfined_u:object_r:var_log_t:s0 mysql
drwxr-x---. mysql mysql system_u:object_r:mysqld_log_t:s0 mariadb

Now adapt the file context of the tree /var/log/mysql.

Check what its supposed value is by retrieving the context for /var/log/mariadb from the SELinux config database:

# semanage fcontext --list | egrep '/var/log/(mysql|mariadb)'
/var/log/mysql.*       regular file  system_u:object_r:mysqld_log_t:s0 
/var/log/mysql(/.*)?   all files     system_u:object_r:mysqld_log_t:s0

Add an entry to the SELinux settings database to define the context of the new file tree:

# semanage fcontext --add -s system_u -t mysqld_log_t  '/var/log/mysql(/.*)?'
semanage fcontext --list | egrep '/var/log/(mysql|mariadb)'
/var/log/mysql.*        regular file   system_u:object_r:mysqld_log_t:s0 
/var/log/mariadb(/.*)?  all files      system_u:object_r:mysqld_log_t:s0 
/var/log/mysql(/.*)?    all files      system_u:object_r:mysqld_log_t:s

Set SELinux attributes recursively on the new file tree itself:

restorecon -r -F /var/log/mysql/

This gives what we want:

# ls -lZR /var/log/mysql/
drwxrwx---. root  mysql system_u:object_r:mysqld_log_t:s0 binary
drwxrwx---. root  mysql system_u:object_r:mysqld_log_t:s0 general
-rw-rw----. mysql mysql system_u:object_r:mysqld_log_t:s0 mysqld_safe_log.err
drwxrwx---. root  mysql system_u:object_r:mysqld_log_t:s0 relay
-rw-rw----. mysql mysql system_u:object_r:mysqld_log_t:s0 server.err
drwxrwx---. root  mysql system_u:object_r:mysqld_log_t:s0 slow

-rw-rw----. mysql mysql system_u:object_r:mysqld_log_t:s0 bin_hull03.000001
-rw-rw----. mysql mysql system_u:object_r:mysqld_log_t:s0 bin_hull03.000002
-rw-rw----. mysql mysql system_u:object_r:mysqld_log_t:s0 bin_hull03.index




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