5.6.1.2. Starting Multiple Windows Servers as Services

On Windows, a MySQL server can run as a Windows service. The procedures for installing, controlling, and removing a single MySQL service are described in Section 2.3.5.7, “Starting MySQL as a Windows Service”.

You can also install multiple MySQL servers as services. In this case, you must make sure that each server uses a different service name in addition to all the other parameters that must be unique for each server.

For the following instructions, assume that you want to run the mysqld server from two different versions of MySQL that are installed at C:\mysql-5.0.19 and C:\mysql-5.5.9, respectively. (This might be the case if you are running 5.0.19 as your production server, but also want to conduct tests using 5.5.9.)

The following principles apply when installing a MySQL service with the --install or --install-manual option:

  • If you specify no service name, the server uses the default service name of MySQL and the server reads options from the [mysqld] group in the standard option files.

  • If you specify a service name after the --install option, the server ignores the [mysqld] option group and instead reads options from the group that has the same name as the service. The server reads options from the standard option files.

  • If you specify a --defaults-file option after the service name, the server ignores the standard option files and reads options only from the [mysqld] group of the named file.

Note

In MySQL 5.5, all servers read the [mysqld] group if they read the standard option files, whether installed using the default service name (MySQL) or another service name. This enables you to use the [mysqld] group for options that should be used by all MySQL services, and an option group named after each service for use by the server installed with that service name.

Based on the preceding information, you have several ways to set up multiple services. The following instructions describe some examples. Before trying any of them, be sure that you shut down and remove any existing MySQL services first.

  • Approach 1: Specify the options for all services in one of the standard option files. To do this, use a different service name for each server. Suppose that you want to run the 5.0.19 mysqld using the service name of mysqld1 and the 5.5.9 mysqld using the service name mysqld2. In this case, you can use the [mysqld1] group for 5.0.19 and the [mysqld2] group for 5.5.9. For example, you can set up C:\my.cnf like this:

    # options for mysqld1 service
    [mysqld1]
    basedir = C:/mysql-5.0.19
    port = 3307
    enable-named-pipe
    socket = mypipe1
    
    # options for mysqld2 service
    [mysqld2]
    basedir = C:/mysql-5.5.9
    port = 3308
    enable-named-pipe
    socket = mypipe2
    

    Install the services as follows, using the full server path names to ensure that Windows registers the correct executable program for each service:

    C:\> C:\mysql-5.0.19\bin\mysqld --install mysqld1
    C:\> C:\mysql-5.5.9\bin\mysqld --install mysqld2
    

    To start the services, use the services manager, or use NET START with the appropriate service names:

    C:\> NET START mysqld1
    C:\> NET START mysqld2
    

    To stop the services, use the services manager, or use NET STOP with the appropriate service names:

    C:\> NET STOP mysqld1
    C:\> NET STOP mysqld2
    
  • Approach 2: Specify options for each server in separate files and use --defaults-file when you install the services to tell each server what file to use. In this case, each file should list options using a [mysqld] group.

    With this approach, to specify options for the 5.0.19 mysqld-nt, create a file C:\my-opts1.cnf that looks like this:

    [mysqld]
    basedir = C:/mysql-5.0.19
    port = 3307
    enable-named-pipe
    socket = mypipe1
    

    For the 5.5.9 mysqld, create a file C:\my-opts2.cnf that looks like this:

    [mysqld]
    basedir = C:/mysql-5.5.9
    port = 3308
    enable-named-pipe
    socket = mypipe2
    

    Install the services as follows (enter each command on a single line):

    C:\> C:\mysql-5.0.19\bin\mysqld --install mysqld1
               --defaults-file=C:\my-opts1.cnf
    C:\> C:\mysql-5.5.9\bin\mysqld --install mysqld2
               --defaults-file=C:\my-opts2.cnf
    

    To use a --defaults-file option when you install a MySQL server as a service, you must precede the option with the service name.

    After installing the services, start and stop them the same way as in the preceding example.

To remove multiple services, use mysqld --remove for each one, specifying a service name following the --remove option. If the service name is the default (MySQL), you can omit it.

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