I have a TYPO3 and a Moodle installation on one server with Debian stretch.

Moodle needs some database configurations (MariaDB 10.1.38) which are different from the ones TYPO3 needs.

I made a new configuration /etc/mysql/conf.d/mymoodle.cnf (with port 3307 and datadir /var/lib/mysql-moodle), installed the default DBs in the new datadir with

mkdir /var/lib/mysql-moodle
chown mysql:mysql /var/lib/mysql-moodle
mysql_install_db --datadir=/var/lib/mysql-moodle

and started the instance with

service mariadb@moodle start

Obviously this works:

# ps aux | grep mysql
mysql    14135  0.1  1.8 678184 74032 ?        Ssl  Jun25   1:20 /usr/sbin/mysqld --defaults-file=/etc/mysql/conf.d/mymoodle.cnf
mysql    14323  4.8  6.1 720344 241200 ?       Ssl  Jun25  55:03 /usr/sbin/mysqld
root     25475  0.0  0.0  12712   880 pts/0    S+   14:06   0:00 grep mysql

# netstat -tulpen | grep mysql
tcp        0      0*               LISTEN      107        76817214   14323/mysqld
tcp        0      0*               LISTEN      107        76816770   14135/mysqld

That's looks good, I thought, but I didn't find an access via command line. Calling the client with

mysql --defaults-file=/etc/mysql/conf.d/mymoodle.cnf --port 3307

leads me to the default instance:


gives me /var/lib/mysql instead of /var/lib/mysql-moodle.

What is the mistake?

1 Answer 1


As the manual says:

If hostname is not specified or hostname is localhost, then Unix sockets are used. Unused connection parameters (such as port) will be ignored.

To override the default behaviour, use either the --protocol option to use TCP

mysql --defaults-file=/etc/mysql/conf.d/mymoodle.cnf --port 3307 --protocol tcp

or the --socket option to direct it to the second instance's socket (I assume you have specified a different socket in /etc/mysql/conf.d/mymoodle.cnf

  • Problem solved for me with --protocol tcp. Thank you. I was thinking that the socket defined in /etc/mysql/conf.d/mymoodle.cnf will be the choice because of --defaults-file=/etc/mysql/conf.d/mymoodle.cnf. That was obviously wrong.
    – klaks
    Jun 27, 2019 at 8:27
  • Now I know why --defaults-file=/etc/mysql/conf.d/mymoodle.cnf was not enough. The socket definition socket= /var/run/mysqld/mysqld-moodle.sock was only in section [mysqld] but not in [mysql]. With socket defintion in [mysql] i don't need protocol nor socket option in command line.
    – klaks
    Jun 27, 2019 at 10:22

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