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bonaventura 30th November 2009 18:29

ISPConfig2 installation stalls at MySQL configuration on Lenny
Hi all,

I run a VPS server over at Hosteurope's with a Debian barebone pre-installed and no Plesk. When I first got it, I upgraded from Etch to Lenny, then installed ISPConfig 2 and everything went fine.

Recently I changed my hosting scale for a much better offer at the same rate. It is now Debian 5 x64bit with Apache and apparently also MySQL preinstalled. I decided to stick with ISPConfig 2 because it seems to have more add-ons and a better documentation.

I configured the Server like instructed here:
Everything went well and as inspected, with one exception: I was not asked for a root password (nor anything else) when installing the mysql-client/server. So I decided to specify a password manually. I then edited the my.cnf, restarted mysqld and checked via netstat whether it was active. It was, but it listened on an unspecific port (25949). - Since then it has been listening on different ports whenever I restarted the daemon.

I went on with configuring, then installed ISPConfig2. All went well until the end when the last configuration data about databases and domain have to be inserted.

Here is what happened (quotes are in German, because that was the installation language I had chosen):

Wie heisst der MySQL-Server?localhost
Der angegebene MySQL-Server kann nicht erreicht werden!
The routine kept asking me the same question over and over again although the server was running; I tried all combinations of host- and domain names, plus the IP. Nothing worked and I had to abort the installation.

Does this have anything to do with the fact that I'm running a 64bit OS?
And what could I do?

I tried uninstalling / reinstalling MySQL, but I failed because there were far more packages than only "mysql-server", "mysql-client" and "libmysql15-dev"; when purging those, the server would still be running.

Thanks a lot for your time.

falko 1st December 2009 19:11

Can you post your /etc/mysql/my.cnf file?

bonaventura 1st December 2009 20:29

Oh sorry, yes. In fact, I was going to do that hours ago, even had it copied to clipboard already, but then the phone rang and I forgot.

Here it is:


# The MySQL database server configuration file.
# You can copy this to one of:
# - "/etc/mysql/my.cnf" to set global options,
# - "~/.my.cnf" to set user-specific options.
# One can use all long options that the program supports.
# Run program with --help to get a list of available options and with
# --print-defaults to see which it would actually understand and use.
# For explanations see

# This will be passed to all mysql clients
# It has been reported that passwords should be enclosed with ticks/quotes
# escpecially if they contain "#" chars...
# Remember to edit /etc/mysql/debian.cnf when changing the socket location.
port                = 3306
socket                = /var/run/mysqld/mysqld.sock

# Here is entries for some specific programs
# The following values assume you have at least 32M ram

# This was formally known as [safe_mysqld]. Both versions are currently parsed.
socket                = /var/run/mysqld/mysqld.sock
nice                = 0

# * Basic Settings
user                = mysql
pid-file        = /var/run/mysqld/
socket                = /var/run/mysqld/mysqld.sock
port                = 3306
basedir                = /usr
datadir                = /var/lib/mysql
tmpdir                = /tmp
language        = /usr/share/mysql/english
# localhost which is more compatible and is not less secure.
# bind-address                =
# * Fine Tuning
key_buffer                = 16M
max_allowed_packet        = 16M
thread_stack                = 128K
thread_cache_size        = 8
# This replaces the startup script and checks MyISAM tables if needed
# the first time they are touched
myisam-recover                = BACKUP
#max_connections        = 100
#table_cache            = 64
#thread_concurrency    = 10
# * Query Cache Configuration
query_cache_limit      = 1M
query_cache_size        = 16M
# * Logging and Replication
# Both location gets rotated by the cronjob.
# Be aware that this log type is a performance killer.
#log                = /var/log/mysql/mysql.log
# Error logging goes to syslog. This is a Debian improvement :)
# Here you can see queries with especially long duration
#log_slow_queries        = /var/log/mysql/mysql-slow.log
#long_query_time = 2
# The following can be used as easy to replay backup logs or for replication.
# note: if you are setting up a replication slave, see README.Debian about
#      other settings you may need to change.
#server-id                = 1
#log_bin                        = /var/log/mysql/mysql-bin.log
expire_logs_days        = 10
max_binlog_size        = 100M
#binlog_do_db                = include_database_name
#binlog_ignore_db        = include_database_name
# * BerkeleyDB
# Using BerkeleyDB is now discouraged as its support will cease in 5.1.12.
# * InnoDB
# InnoDB is enabled by default with a 10MB datafile in /var/lib/mysql/.
# Read the manual for more InnoDB related options. There are many!
# You might want to disable InnoDB to shrink the mysqld process by circa 100MB.
# * Security Features
# Read the manual, too, if you want chroot!
# chroot = /var/lib/mysql/
# For generating SSL certificates I recommend the OpenSSL GUI "tinyca".
# ssl-ca=/etc/mysql/cacert.pem
# ssl-cert=/etc/mysql/server-cert.pem
# ssl-key=/etc/mysql/server-key.pem

max_allowed_packet        = 16M

#no-auto-rehash        # faster start of mysql but no tab completition

key_buffer                = 16M

# * NDB Cluster
# See /usr/share/doc/mysql-server-*/README.Debian for more information.
# The following configuration is read by the NDB Data Nodes (ndbd processes)
# not from the NDB Management Nodes (ndb_mgmd processes).
# ndb-connectstring=

# * IMPORTANT: Additional settings that can override those from this file!
#  The files must end with '.cnf', otherwise they'll be ignored.
!includedir /etc/mysql/conf.d/

falko 2nd December 2009 17:06

Looks ok. What's the output of

netstat -tap

bonaventura 2nd December 2009 19:47

Here it is:


tcp        0      0 *:ssh                  *:*                    LISTEN                                                32729/sshd
tcp        0      0 *:smtp                  *:*                    LISTEN                                                1464/master
tcp        0      0 *:https                *:*                    LISTEN                                                1838/apache2
tcp        0      0 *:mysql                *:*                    LISTEN                                                9332/mysqld
tcp        0      0 *:www                  *:*                    LISTEN                                                1838/apache2
tcp6      0      0 [::]:ssh                [::]:*                  LISTEN                                                32729/sshd
tcp6      0      0 [::]:smtp              [::]:*                  LISTEN                                                1464/master
tcp6      0      0 [::]:imaps              [::]:*                  LISTEN                                                1337/couriertcpd
tcp6      0      0 [::]:pop3s              [::]:*                  LISTEN                                                1378/couriertcpd
tcp6      0      0 [::]:pop3              [::]:*                  LISTEN                                                1343/couriertcpd
tcp6      0      0 [::]:imap2              [::]:*                  LISTEN                                                32764/couriertcpd

I did establish a new rule in the virtuozzo internal firewall, however I am not quite sure about the port settings, so I set it to:

Policy:                      accept
Protocol:                    TCP
Source address:              any
Source port:                  any
Destination address:          any
Destination port:            3306

falko 3rd December 2009 18:24

Can you switch off the firewall for testing purposes and see if that changes anything?

bonaventura 4th December 2009 17:36

Sure, I'll try.
The reason why this didn't occur to me is that I already ran a ISPConfig2 installation under the same control panel software successfully before.

But it could of course be a firewall configuration issue. Can't remember how I set it up last time. Yesterday I checked, realized I had only added a firewall rule for incoming connections, and added a server rule for outgoing ones.
That did not resolve the problem, unfortunately.

I am now trying to find out how to disable this firewall without deleting every single rule manually. Once I've figured this out, I'll try again and post back here.

Thanks once more for your time.

bonaventura 8th December 2009 02:48


sorry for the delay. It took me a while to find out that what this panel is operating is no more than a simple Iptables ruleset.
I stopped Iptables, and ISPConfig installed without a problem.

But I lost my original customized ruleset in the process of experimenting on panel level, and I now have 20 rules less than before which I will hardly be able to reconstruct. On top of that, I still don't know exactly what went wrong with the MySQL rule before.

So my question: Is there an IPtables ruleset known to work well with all aspects of ISPConfig that I could download/copy from somewhere?

till 8th December 2009 11:09

Just enable the firewall in ispconfig, it uses the bastille firewall scripts to create the iptables rules.

bonaventura 8th December 2009 21:33

Ok, I'll do.

Thanks for your support and kudos for your great work.

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