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    System cannot find the path specified

    Trying to start mysql server I get the following error. Error 3: the system cannot find the path specified. I looked through the ini file and can't see anything obvious and I have "C:\WebDevelop\MySQL\bin;" in my path. What is MySQL looking for?
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    Additional Info: The "Path to executable" contains a typo. But I can't remember the commands to remover the server from services and re-install it so it will re-read the ini file. I had recently gone through a melt down and renamed the original install folder after reinstalling Apache and php. When I originally installed the whole mess I made a mistake when naming the installation detination. During my reconstruction process I fixed the name and now when I right click on MySQL in the services and look at the properties I see it is looking for the bin folder under the, now renamed, folder.
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    My only experience on the DBA side of MySQL is with xampp

    So I do have to ask, is this a local server just for you so you could you just use an all-in-one package like xampp? Or is this a live website install you are dealing with?

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    I use this for development on my computer only. I once installed xampp and it never worked. I think there are old posts here where I was going insane trying to get it to work and asking all sorts of things. I had installed Firebird (?) and that worked great until I needed to update to php 5.0. That's when I ended up doing a manual install and have been using it for some time. But I broke it the other day when I decided to repair the original errors. I just can't remember the commands so I can take MySQL out of service (not stop) and put it back in service (not start). something like "mysql -u ..."
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    I'm running Xampp on my usb flash drive, no configuration needed whatsoever. It's friggin awesome; portable development environment!

    Don't mean to rub it in; but you should really just give Xampp another shot.


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