I've recently installed Fedora 17 on my laptop, and I have tried several times to start the MySQL (mysqld) service on it but it refuses to do so. It gives the following error:

[root@blackbird2 michael]# service mysqld start
Redirecting to /bin/systemctl start mysqld.service
Failed to issue method call: Unit mysqld.service failed to load: No such file or directory. See system logs and 'systemctl status mysqld.service' for details.

But, when I go to reinstall MySQL with the yum install mysql command, I get this error:

Package mysql-5.5.25a-1.fc17.x86_64 already installed and latest version

I'm not entirely sure what's going on. I installed Fedora 17 on my PC at the same time as the laptop, and MySQL seems to work fine for that. Has anyone any ideas?

  • If its an option, have you tried uninstalling MYSQL completely and reinstalling?
    – Rhyuk
    Aug 8, 2012 at 19:14

1 Answer 1


I think mysql rpm only includes client & libraries, but not the server mysqld. Try installing the server with...

# yum install mysql-server

MySQL-server my not be apart of your enabled repos. Here's a guide

  • Thanks that's fixed it, but I'm getting a weird thing happen now. When I tell it to start the service it will say "Redirecting to /bin/systemctl start mysqld.service", do nothing, and then display the prompt. It still works, it's just I'm used to it saying "Starting mysqld [OK]". Any ideas? Aug 8, 2012 at 19:46
  • @mickburkejnr That's just the way it works now. Aug 8, 2012 at 19:59
  • I believe that service ACTION NAMED is aliased to systemctl ACTION NAMED.service, and the redirect notice is a helpful hint about the change. You'll need to do additional MySQL post-install set-up before the "Starting mysqld ... [OK]" will be displayed. Aug 8, 2012 at 20:00
  • That's fine, I'm happy as long as it works. Thanks again! Aug 8, 2012 at 20:05

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