On my Ubuntu server, there are two mysql instances running at the same time.

  • A default, normal mysql instance
  • A secondary mysql instance running with mysqld_multi.

The command sudo service mysql status correctly states the mysql service is active.

I want to check the secondary instance's status so I use this command :

sudo mysqld_multi report

...and I get :

MySQL server from group: mysqld1 is not running

which seems pretty inconsistent since I can connect to this mysql instance from my DB client.

Why does mysqld_multi tell me the instance is not running ?

  • If I am not mistaken, the support of mysql_multi was dropped long ago. The popular way to do it today is with Docker.
    – Rick James
    Mar 31, 2020 at 22:31
  • @RickJames I haven't seen anything about an end of support. Mysqld_multi is still provided with mysql 8 and I see no warning in documentation. I'd have liked to use docker but I couldn't at the time I made this... Apr 1, 2020 at 7:42

1 Answer 1


Check creation mysql instance dir, confirm mysql rights and install instance in dir

mkdir -p /u01/data/mysql/mysql1 && chown mysql:mysql /u01/data/mysql /u01/data/mysql/mysql1
mysql_install_db --user=mysql --datadir=/u01/data/mysql/mysqld1

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