Cannot start MySQL: Another MySQL daemon already running with the same unix socket.

Today I had a little drama. I noticed that one of my servers was not working at all since the MySQL server was down. Initially I thought that maybe it was a problem of lack of free space in the hard drive. But it wasn’t. I am running CentOS in a 1and1 virtualserver.

This is the problem:

$ service mysqld restart
Stopping mysqld: [ OK ]
Another MySQL daemon already running with the same unix socket.
Starting mysqld: [FAILED]

So I started searching and found the solution:

$ mv /var/lib/mysql/mysql.sock /var/lib/mysql/mysql.sock.bak
$ service mysqld start
Starting mysqld: [OK]

This sorted it out nicely 🙂

Thanks to GeckoSEO for his solution in StackOverflow


mysql does not start and parallels is not working

I just experienced a major server breakdown in 1and1. MySQL crashed and when I tried to restart it the result would be negative:


Then I restarted the server and the problem persisted.

So my third action was to have a look at my Parallels Plesk web panel, and the result was that it would not load, showing a MySQL problem.

I then figured out that the problem could be a lack of memory, so I entered with ssh to the server and started listing directory sizes, using the great “du” linux command:

du -h –max-depth=1

until i found that the problem was in the backups folder:


then I deleted one of the backup folders and could restart mysql

service mysqld restart

Thanks to this guide for the du parameters: