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[ERROR] Found option without preceding group in config file (Doc ID 2624242.1)

Last updated on JANUARY 13, 2020

Applies to:

MySQL Server - Version 5.5 and later
Generic Windows

Symptoms

 MySQL fails to start. The error log contains a message like:

mysqld: [ERROR] Found option without preceding group in config file [file name] at line 1.
mysqld: [ERROR] Fatal error in defaults handling. Program aborted!

Examination of the config file does not show any options prior to a group like [mysqld] or [mysql] or [client].

Cause

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