I pretend to show a personalized message at login in MariaDB ver. 10.1.37 , in accordance with the data in one table.

My idea was to use a stored procedure as shown in fromdual.com but i can't find the my.cnf in my disk (I'm using Xampp), so i created the file and added SET GLOBAL init_connect="CALL audit.login_trigger()"; but now I have this error:

error: Found option without preceding group in config file: C:\xampp\mysql\my.cnf at line: 1 Fatal error in defaults handling. Program aborted

Q1)What preceding group should I type?
In this pdf from fromdual there is no details on this topic.

Q2) is there any other method?
I have look in to this question but I need to check the tables to create the message

This same question has been made in server fault, but I think that this site is more adequate.

  • You error is asking about C:\xampp\mysql\my.cnf so what is its contents? What exactly is MariaDB ver 15? 10.4 is still in beta so it hasn't reached 15 yet.
    – danblack
    Mar 12, 2019 at 4:16
  • Hi @danblack; 1st) I have corrected the version (I had that number on the top of my mind) my apologies. 2nd) the question in other words is - What is preceding group that should be in the my.cnf file before the SET GLOBAL init_connect="CALL audit.login_trigger()"; option?
    – Ezeq
    Mar 13, 2019 at 22:56

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Your my.cnf file should have:

init_connect="CALL audit.login_trigger()"

Or any other group name from running mysqld --help --verbose, there's a line like The following groups are read: mysqld server mysqld-10.1 mariadb mariadb-10.1 client-server galera, so any of those groups be can used instead of [mysqld].

SET GLOBAL ... is for setting mysqld system variables at runtime. The config file takes the shorter form.

  • thank you @danblack; Your help was most appreciated the init_connect now shows as the SP required. But it doesn't run as expected. I login with a normal user and did: 1) show global variables like 'init%'; - OK - 2) CALL mydb.warnings(); - OK - 3) quit - Login - no result back to 1) what i'm missing?
    – Ezeq
    Mar 15, 2019 at 22:54
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    Sounds like a new question that would involve showing the procedure contents and what results actually are. Probably would be the SECURITY [DEFINER|INVOKER] aspects of the procedure and who was the definer.
    – danblack
    Mar 15, 2019 at 23:54
  • Well the definition is DEFINER='root'@'localhost' I have made this question here. For future readers that use Xampp, I was able to do the sugested config in 'my.ini' accessible by it's control panel.
    – Ezeq
    Mar 16, 2019 at 13:35
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    Drawback: root (or any SUPER user) skips the init_connect command.
    – Rick James
    Mar 16, 2019 at 14:42
  • Thanks for the fast reply. Just did it, but the behavior is the same. The DEFINER='tk3'@'localhost' this user as a grant to select and call. It's the same one for the the login test.
    – Ezeq
    Mar 16, 2019 at 22:44

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