akonadictl: org.kde.pim.akonadiserver: process error: "Unknown error"

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When starting akonadictl, we get the following error:

$ akonadictl start
org.kde.pim.akonadiserver: database server stopped unexpectedly
org.kde.pim.akonadiserver: Database process exited unexpectedly during initial connection!
org.kde.pim.akonadiserver: executable: "/usr/sbin/mysqld"
org.kde.pim.akonadiserver: arguments: ("--defaults-file=~/.local/share/akonadi/mysql.conf", "--datadir=~/.local/share/akonadi/db_data/", "--socket=/run/user/1001/akonadi/mysql.socket", "--pid-file=/run/user/1001/akonadi/mysql.pid")
org.kde.pim.akonadiserver: stdout: ""
org.kde.pim.akonadiserver: stderr: ""
org.kde.pim.akonadiserver: exit code: 1
org.kde.pim.akonadiserver: process error: "Unknown error"
org.kde.pim.akonadiserver: Shutting down AkonadiServer...
org.kde.pim.akonadicontrol: Application '/usr/bin/akonadiserver' exited normally...
QFileSystemWatcher::removePaths: list is empty
QFileSystemWatcher::removePaths: list is empty

Possible causes


It may be that apparmor does not give mysqld the necessary permissions to run.

On a Gentoo system, the necessary permissions are set in:


mysql configuration

The error message gives the exact executable name and the arguments used. Try running it manually, to see if you get the same results:

/usr/sbin/mysqld --defaults-file=~/.local/share/akonadi/mysql.conf --datadir=~/.local/share/akonadi/db_data/ --socket=/run/user/1001/akonadi/mysql.socket --pid-file=/run/user/1001/akonadi/mysql.pid

If the command exits immediately, without any output, then check the mysql error log within the data directory. The path is given byn the datadir argument.

Check the configuration file ~/.local/share/akonadi/mysql.conf if log_error is set:

# # error log file name, relative to datadir (default:hostname.err)

Then monitor the content of the error logs, or tail its output as you try to run mysqld:

$ tail -f ~/.local/share/akonadi/db_data/mysql.err

You may find errors like:
[ERROR] [MY-000067] [Server] unknown variable 'query_cache_size=0'.
[ERROR] [MY-000067] [Server] unknown variable 'log_warnings=2'.

Fix the mysqld configuration accordingly and try again...