Recover a MariaDB database

NOTE: We are in the process of modifying the file structure and configuration for many Bitnami stacks. On account of these changes, the file paths stated in this guide may change depending on whether your Bitnami stack uses native Linux system packages (Approach A), or if it is a self-contained installation (Approach B). To identify your Bitnami installation type and what approach to follow, run the command below:

 $ test ! -f "/opt/bitnami/common/bin/openssl" && echo "Approach A: Using system packages." || echo "Approach B: Self-contained installation."

The output of the command indicates which approach (A or B) is used by the installation, and will allow you to identify the paths, configuration and commands to use in this guide. Refer to the FAQ for more information on these changes.

Before trying to recover a MariaDB database, you should check the exact error in the MariaDB log file. To check the latest entries in the MariaDB log file, run the command below:

  • For Bitnami installations following Approach A (using Linux system packages):

    $ sudo tail -n 100 /opt/bitnami/mariadb/logs/mysqld.log
  • For Bitnami installations following Approach B (self-contained installations):

    $ sudo tail -n 100 /opt/bitnami/mariadb/data/mysqld.log

In this case, assume the following error in the log file:

110108 10:37:45 [ERROR] Fatal error: Can't open and lock privilege tables: Table 'user' is marked as crashed

Here are some steps to resolve this error:

  • The MariaDB database is configured to use InnoDB engine by default. You can add the innodb_force_recovery=1 option in the main MariaDB configuration file at /opt/bitnami/mariadb/my.cnf to try and fix the database:

    innodb_force_recovery = 1
  • Start the MariaDB database with the following command:

    $ mysqld --skip-grant-tables --user=mysql --skip-external-locking --port=3306 --sock=/opt/bitnami/mariadb/tmp/mysql.sock
  • Open a new console and try to log in the database:

    $ mysql -u root -p
  • In this case, the error was related to the mysql.user table. Run these commands:

    MariaDB> use mysql;
    MariaDB> repair table user;
    MariaDB> check table user;
    MariaDB> exit;

If the table is recovered, you should see “OK” in the mysql.user status table. Do not forget to remove the innodb_force_recovery option from the my.cnf file and restart the MariaDB server again.

$ sudo service bitnami restart mariadb

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Last modification June 3, 2020