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I am unable to start MySQL server after upgrading from OSX 10.8.5 to 10.9.3

prompt: sudo ./support-files/mysql.server restart

 ERROR! MySQL server PID file could not be found!
./support-files/mysql.server: line 276: cd: /usr/local/mysql: No such file or directory
Starting MySQL
 ERROR! Couldn't find MySQL server (/usr/local/mysql/bin/mysqld_safe)

The start button on the MySQL preference pane is also greyed out. One thing I noticed is that the instructions here do not work as my mysql folder is actually called 'mysql-5.6.11-osx10.7-x86_64' and not plain 'mysql'

The /data directory is still there so a reinstall would be an acceptable resolution as long as I can preserve the data

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I have never used OSX, but I know that it supports symbolic links. Try creating a symbolic link in the directory containing mysql-5.6.11-osx10.7-x86_64.

sudo ln -s mysql-5.6.11-osx10.7-x86_64 mysql

Then try starting mysql with the mysql.server script.

Alternatively, edit the paths in the mysql.server script to match the folder names on your system.

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Thanks! For anyone else, a similar solution suggested here : but not that the article mainly addresses OSX server issues – codecowboy Jun 29 '14 at 11:00
This solved my problem as well. The only thing is that the symbolic link creation can cause permission issues that can be solved with a permission repair (in my case I used chown to restore the owner:group to root:wheel). Failing to do so prevented the preference pane to start mysql. – elbuild Sep 16 '14 at 8:57

depending on your data, mysql location etc

cd /usr/local
sudo ln -s /usr/local/YOUR_MYSQL mysql

sudo ln -s mysql-5.6.21-osx10.8-x86_64 mysql

2) Take a backup copy first and change the following values

sudo vi /usr/local/mysql/support-files/mysql.server

start via system preferences->MySQL panel

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