mysqld --initialize --defaults-file Uses Wrong Data Directory (datadir) And Gives Error: "--initialize specified but the data directory has files in it. Aborting." (Doc ID 2146557.1)

Last updated on FEBRUARY 12, 2017

Applies to:

MySQL Server - Version 5.7 and later
Information in this document applies to any platform.

Symptoms

When initializing the data directory manually using mysqld, the mysqld command returns this error while --defaults-file is a valid option and the data directory defined by --datadir in the given option file is empty.

 

Cause

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