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I am using launchd to start mysql on boot, it is working fine. I am able to stop and start the service using 'launchctl unload' and 'launchctl load' commands. Also I am able to start the service by typing 'mysqld_safe' command in terminal. But, if I stop the service through 'launchctl stop' and then start the service through 'mysqld_safe' command, I am unable to stop the service through 'launchctl stop'. Is this possible? What I am doing wrong here?

My Plist is:

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<plist version="1.0">


Command used to start mysql through terminal is:

mysqld_safe --defaults-file=/path/to/mysql/my.cnf --port=3306 --socket=/path/to/mysql/tmp/mysql.sock --datadir=/path/to/mysql/data --pid-file=/path/to/mysql/data/
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This is intended behavior. Issuing launchctl stop for a job which has not been loaded does not work.

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