I am getting the errors below when trying to start MYSQL. I've deleted both the ./ib_logfile0 and ./ib_logfile1 files and still no success. I'm assuming is has something to do with not being able to write to the temp file but I don't know the location of that directory.

140527 15:56:04 [Warning] Using unique option prefix myisam-recover instead of myisam-recover-options is deprecated and will be removed in a future release. Please use the full name instead.
140527 15:56:04 [Note] Plugin 'FEDERATED' is disabled.
140527 15:56:04 InnoDB: The InnoDB memory heap is disabled
140527 15:56:04 InnoDB: Mutexes and rw_locks use GCC atomic builtins
140527 15:56:04 InnoDB: Compressed tables use zlib
/usr/sbin/mysqld: Can't create/write to file '/tmp/ibmZXLyt' (Errcode: 13)
140527 15:56:04  InnoDB: Error: unable to create temporary file; errno: 13
140527 15:56:04 [ERROR] Plugin 'InnoDB' init function returned error.
140527 15:56:04 [ERROR] Plugin 'InnoDB' registration as a STORAGE ENGINE failed.
/usr/sbin/mysqld: File '/var/log/mysql_slow.log' not found (Errcode: 13)
140527 15:56:04 [ERROR] Could not use /var/log/mysql_slow.log for logging (error 13). Turning logging off for the whole duration of the MySQL server process. To turn it on again: fix the cause, shutdown the MySQL server and restart it.
140527 15:56:04 [ERROR] Unknown/unsupported storage engine: InnoDB
140527 15:56:04 [ERROR] Aborting
  • Unknown/unsupported storage engine: InnoDB That means you have an error the my.cnf file usually located in /etc/mysql/
    – RPM
    May 27, 2014 at 20:05
  • I used my backup my.cnf file from before the problems occured, didn't work for me though.
    – xjx424
    May 27, 2014 at 20:07
  • 1. Is /tmp writable? 2. Isn't the disk full? (df -h /tmp)
    – Jeroen S
    May 27, 2014 at 22:15
  • That was the problem, /tmp was not writable.
    – xjx424
    Jun 5, 2014 at 13:37

1 Answer 1


Errcode: 13 means Access denied. Assuming MySQL is trying to create a file in /tmp, which is 777 I guess this is incorrect configuration of either selinux or apparmor (on Debian systems).

Try to disable selinux

    echo 0 >/selinux/enforce

If it doesn't help, stop apparmor (if you run Debian or Ubuntu)

    # /etc/init.d/apparmor stop
    # /etc/init.d/apparmor teardown

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