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Permissions are correct. I actually went ahead and opened the file up to everyone (I know... big no-no but it's a closed off lab) any idea why MariaDB 5.5-56 wouldn't read the my.cnf file and just take default settings?

  • Can you provide any further information (error messages from the logs regarding reading the file)? – RDFozz Jan 18 '18 at 16:22
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On a Linux OS, make sure the file /etc/my.cnf is owned by root.

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I got it working. It was already owned by root but the permissions were a little off. I started thinking that I copied the file from production over to the lab and apparently some permissions were not carried over. Once I mimicked the old file permissions, everything started working. Thanks!

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