I'm trying to create a database and when I type in CREATE DATABASE epik; I get the error ERROR 13 (HY000): Can't get stat of './epik' (Errcode: 13) I am running kubuntu 13.04 with mysql 5.5.31.

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Errcode: 13 is a file permission issue.

If your datadir is /var/lib/mysql, do the following:

cd /var/lib/
ls -l

Check the file permissions as make sure /var/lib/mysql is owned by mysql:mysql.

If it is not, then do this:

chown -R mysql:mysql /var/lib/mysql

If you ran sudo, you are probably root. Make sure root can write into /var/lib/mysql

Give it a Try !!!

  • To clarify for future folks: I had to use sudo chown -R mysql:mysql /var/lib/mysql, otherwise I got permission changing rights errors.
    – khaverim
    Commented Sep 6, 2014 at 18:21

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