My Oracle Support Banner

Fatal Error: Can't Open And Lock Privilege Tables: Incorrect File Format 'user'; (Doc ID 1958405.1)

Last updated on MARCH 21, 2018

Applies to:

MySQL Server - Version 5.6 and later
Information in this document applies to any platform.


On : 5.6 version, Error Messages

When attempting to start the MySQL Server,
the following error occurs.

2014-12-20 13:25:55 17130 [ERROR] Fatal error: Can't open and lock privilege tables: Incorrect file format 'user'

The issue can be reproduced at will with the following steps:
1. Remove and touch a new mysql/user.MYI file
2. Try and restart the server

The issue has the following business impact:
Due to this issue, users cannot start the MySQL service and have no access to data.


To view full details, sign in with your My Oracle Support account.

Don't have a My Oracle Support account? Click to get started!

My Oracle Support provides customers with access to over a million knowledge articles and a vibrant support community of peers and Oracle experts.