For some reason the Upstart script for the MySQL server isn't working when I boot my server, however it does work once the server has booted and I execute sudo start mysql manually.

I'm running an OpenVZ VPS with Ubuntu 10.04 installed and MySQL version 5.1.41 (latest stable from the repository). MySQL is a fresh install with no config changed.


# MySQL Service

description     "MySQL Server"
author          "Mario Limonciello <[email protected]>"

start on (net-device-up
          and local-filesystems
      and runlevel [2345])
stop on runlevel [016]


env HOME=/etc/mysql
umask 007

pre-start script
    #Sanity checks
    [ -r $HOME/my.cnf ]
    [ -d /var/run/mysqld ] || install -m 755 -o mysql -g root -d /var/run/mysqld
    # Load AppArmor profile
    if aa-status --enabled 2>/dev/null; then
        apparmor_parser -r /etc/apparmor.d/usr.sbin.mysqld || true
    LC_ALL=C BLOCKSIZE= df --portability /var/lib/mysql/. | tail -n 1 | awk '{ exit ($4<4096) }'
end script

exec /usr/sbin/mysqld

post-start script
    for i in `seq 1 30` ; do
        /usr/bin/mysqladmin --defaults-file="${HOME}"/debian.cnf ping && {
            exec "${HOME}"/debian-start
            # should not reach this line
            exit 2
        sleep 1
    exit 1
end script
  • What is the output of runlevel? What does /etc/init/mysql.conf contain at the top? It should read something like start on (net-device-up and local-filesystems and runlevel [2345])
    – evgeny
    Commented Nov 28, 2010 at 8:09
  • I've added the contents of the /etc/init/mysql.conf file. Also using /etc/rc*.d isn't working any more, however manual starting is still working. Where can I get the runlevel output?
    – Rowno
    Commented Nov 29, 2010 at 10:22
  • Just run the runlevel command. The config looks similar to mine...
    – evgeny
    Commented Nov 29, 2010 at 11:34
  • The output of runlevel is N 2.
    – Rowno
    Commented Nov 29, 2010 at 20:16

2 Answers 2


Turns out Upstart start up jobs can have problems on OpenVZ.


start on (net-device-up
          and local-filesystems
      and runlevel [2345])


start on runlevel [2345]

fixed the problem for me.

  • +1, can you maybe also add a link to other accounts of OpenVZ instances having problems w/ upstart? I'm guessing its because there's no filesystems mounting going on, so local-filesystems never gets triggered.
    – SpamapS
    Commented Nov 30, 2010 at 18:50
  • This didn't work for me on Ubuntu 11.10 with Mediatomb. Tried it.
    – djangofan
    Commented Dec 20, 2011 at 16:38
  • I ended up switching to Linode because they use Xen servers, due to the numerous problems I was having with OpenVZ like this one.
    – Rowno
    Commented Dec 30, 2011 at 1:56

You can configure the upstart scripts with a simple GUI tool named jobs-admin. You can install it by typing sudo apt-get install jobs-admin in a terminal.

Once installed you can manage all upstart scripts including MySQL using this tool.

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Hope this helps.

  • 2
    I don't see how a GUI tool will help me on Ubuntu Server...
    – Rowno
    Commented Nov 29, 2010 at 20:14
  • This gui , version 0.8.0 didnt work for me on Ubuntu 11.10. I think it is too buggy still.
    – djangofan
    Commented Dec 20, 2011 at 16:33

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