I have MySQL 5.0.27 running on a Linux server. It is consuming too many resources (it is running about 80 tasks loading a database). I am unable to log into the server to reduce the number of tasks because SSH, while accepting a password, will time out while requesting a new channel because of the system load.

Can I remotely send a shutdown command to the server? It is possible from another server to either use mysql or mysqladmin with a -h option or use MySQL workbench to shut the server down gracefully?

If I reboot the server I will need to repair two large tables (>200m records) which takes hours. I'd like to avoid this option.


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You can send commands via ssh (that is you don't have to actually log in and run the command):

ssh user@host 'mysqladmin shutdown'
  • I can actually connect to the server using mysql -h IPADDR. But mysqladmin -h IPADDR just outputs the usage listing. It doesn't recognize the -h (or --host=IPADDR) command.
    – mlewis54
    Mar 16, 2013 at 16:01
  • mysqladmin -h IPADDR just outputs the usage listing, yes, but not because it doesn't recognize --host. The problem is, mysqladmin requires an actual command to be specified such as shutdown or status -- you can't just type "mysqladmin" (with or without options) and omit the actual thing you want mysqladmin to do. Mar 18, 2013 at 18:52

This should work.

mysqladmin shutdown

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  • it would work if I could log into the box.
    – mlewis54
    Mar 16, 2013 at 15:50
  • oh yeah,my bad.You can connect using MySQL bench ? if so,you can stop the server for there. '-h' should work! well you are sure you have the remote access right?
    – Yash
    Mar 16, 2013 at 16:11
  • see my last comment on the answer above. Mysqladmin -h is ignoring the command. I can connect using mysql bench, but remote access is SSH based and SSH can't connect. We're talking rock and hard place here.
    – mlewis54
    Mar 16, 2013 at 16:15
  • SSH can't connect .hmm, Sorry dude seems like major prob then I thought ! Lets hope some one solves this :) Good luck!
    – Yash
    Mar 16, 2013 at 16:28

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