Mysql resource is unable to start after failover due to permission change on ‘/var/lib/mysql’ directory.

If you are working on a cluster, after a sudden failover you face the issue that Mysql is unable to start.

In this article, we will show you how to solve the issue.


  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux Server 6 (with the High Availability and Resilient Storage Add Ons)
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux Server 7
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux Server 8
  • MySQL


  • Permission of mount point of MySQL data directory gets changed.
  • Mysql resource is unable to start in the other node after failover from the first node.

    Sep  2 16:23:57 node A rgmanager[144383]: [fs] mounting /dev/dm-4 on /var/lib/mysql
    Sep  2 16:23:57 node A kernel: EXT4-fs (dm-4): mounted filesystem with ordered data mode. Opts: 
    Sep  2 16:23:57 node A rgmanager[144527]: [mysql] Checking Existence Of File /var/run/cluster/mysql/ [mysql:DB_name] > Failed 
    Sep  2 16:23:57 node A rgmanager[144549]: [mysql] Monitoring Service mysql:DB_name > Service Is Not Running 
    Sep  2 16:23:57 node A rgmanager[144571]: [mysql] Starting Service mysql:DB_name
    Sep  2 16:24:27 node A rgmanager[145724]: [mysql] Starting Service mysql:DB_name > Failed - Timeout Error 
    Sep  2 16:24:27 node A rgmanager[4142]: start on mysql "DB_name" returned 1 (generic error)


  • Change the UID and GID of the MySQL user and keep it the same across all the cluster nodes.
  • Also, check that the UID and GID which you are going to assign for the MySQL user should not be possessed by any other user. If any then kindly change the UID and GID before changing the MySQL credentials.
  • Once after changing the credentials now try to failover the service from one node to another and the service should start without any issue.

Root Cause

  • The User and Group credentials of Mysql are not the same in all the cluster nodes.

    On node A
    # ls -ld /var/lib/mysql/
    drwxr-xr-x 5 495 490 4096 Sep 11 00:21 /var/lib/mysql/
    # grep -i mysql /etc/passwd
    mysql:x:496:491:MySQL server:/var/lib/mysql:/bin/bash

    On node B
    # ls -ld /var/lib/mysql/
    drwxr-xr-x 5 496 491 4096 Sep 11 00:22 /var/lib/mysql/
    # grep -i mysql /etc/passwd
    mysql:x:495:490:MySQL server:/var/lib/mysql:/bin/bash

  • As it can be seen from the above output that  UID and GID of the MySQL user on the first node is 496 and 491 respectively. And the UID and GID of the MySQL user in the second node of the cluster is 495 and 490 respectively.

  • For mysql to access the data from /var/lib/mysql which is the default home directory, permission needs to be mysql:mysql.
    Because of the different UID and GID of the mysql the user on both the nodes, when the cluster relocates the mysql resource from one node to other node it mounts the mysql data on the second node with the same UID and GID of the first node which does not match the mysql credentials on the second node due to which the mysql resource was not able to start on the second node.
Now you have successfully recovered from the issue. Please let us know if this helped you.

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