If you try to access a table in a database of type INNODB and MariaDB tells you it isn't here, you have a corrupted database.

(I am posting this question because all of the existing questions have been "closed" by various moderators and NONE of them have a real answer. They discuss the complexities of INNODB, and ultimately that you have to rebuild the entire database server through a torturous process.)

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This may not work for everyone, but it did work for us on several occasions:

  1. Stop the database (service mysql stop)
  2. edit mysql.cnf so that under [mysqld] section it has the:

    innodb_force_recovery = 1 
  3. Start the database (service mysql start) and in the logfile you will see it force loading the bad database/table

  4. log into the database server as root: mysql -u root

  5. run the command "show databases[ENTER]" to get a list of database

  6. run he command "drop [dbname][ENTER]" where [thedb] is the database you need to drop. It will drop it but will complain that it cannot delete the directory ./[thedb].

  7. Open a separate shell and go into /var/lib/mysql/[thedb]/ and remove the file(s) there.

  8. Stop the database (service mysql stop)

  9. Turn off the REPAIR mode by commenting out the line in mysql.cnf

    #innodb_force_recovery = 1 
  10. restart the database with the command:

    service mysql start[ENTER]


Now recreate the database and restore from your backup.

Thanks, David

  • I'm a bit confused by step 7. Did you mean to say something about deleting a file or directory?
    – dbdemon
    Dec 6, 2017 at 9:52
  • I just re-re-read your comment. I am sorry for the confusion. I have cleaned up the text so it reads better.
    – TekOps
    May 3, 2019 at 20:21
  • That looks better, thanks for clarifying!
    – dbdemon
    May 3, 2019 at 21:32
  • In case this is useful to anyone: I skipped steps 1 to 3 and the solution still worked.
    – Tim Rogers
    Jun 8, 2020 at 15:46
  • For me, steps 1 to 3 were sufficient to drop the table properly. Thank you so much. Dec 19, 2022 at 13:42

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