I'm having issues getting my new MySQL server (v5.6) to start on Ubuntu Desktop 12.04 (64-bit).
Description of the problem:
The problem is that, after following instructions for installing to Linux using generic binaries, when I do
sudo bin/mysqld_safe --user=mysql & the console prints a few lines and then hangs (see command line output below). After this, I don't get my command prompt back. I know the & means it's supposed to be a background process, but I expected to still get my command prompt back...
Steps I've done leading up to the problem:
The instructions I'm following are here. I get all the way up to the point where it says to run the command pasted above, and that's when I lose my command prompt. I double checked that I downloaded the 64-bit TAR file, not the 32-bit. I've double checked my folder and file permissions (everything /usr/local/mysql and down is owned my mysql:mysql). I also checked my [host].err file, which is empty. I've googled and searched these forums for a resolution but none of the existing answers have solved my particular problem.
I'm doing these steps on a virtual machine, by the way, so I've taken "snapshots" and gotten my VM's to the point where I can recreate this problem over and over again. Just to rule out the possibility that the issue is specific to my VM's, I tried the same exact steps on a non-VM and got the same result.
In the meantime, I can move forward by starting over with a clean MySQL install using
sudo apt-get install mysql-client-5.5 mysql-server-5.5, but I'm really interested in understanding why all attempts to install using the generic binaries have failed. Any help that anyone can provide would be really appreciated.
Command line output:
me@vm-ubuntu:/usr/local/mysql$ sudo bin/mysqld_safe --user=mysql &  2051 me@vm-ubuntu:/usr/local/mysql$ 130708 09:00:12 mysqld_safe Logging to '/usr/local/mysql-5.6.12-linux-glibc2.5-x86_64/data/vm-ubuntu.err'. 130708 09:00:12 mysqld_safe Starting mysqld daemon with databases from /usr/local/mysql-5.6.12-linux-glibc2.5-x86_64/data 130708 09:00:15 mysqld_safe mysqld from pid file /usr/local/mysql-5.6.12-linux-glibc2.5-x86_64/data/vm-ubuntu.pid ended