Arch Linu MySQL (Mariadb) startup

Posted as a quick note-to-self following a delay getting a database up and running for a rehash f an old Rails project.

After installing the mariadb package on Arch, the database needs to be initialised before starting,

# mysql_install_db --user=mysql --basedir=/usr --datadir=/var/lib/mysql

After this, the database server can be started with,

# systemctl start mysqld.service

(Still can’t say that I’m happy with systemd; I just can’t see what problem it’s trying to solve).

https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/MySQL provided the much-appreaciated help and guidance in this case.

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