How to install multiple Instances of MySQL on a same machine

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Create separate data and log directories for new instance

mkdir /var/lib/mysql2
chown -R mysql:mysql /var/lib/mysql2/
mkdir /var/log/mysql2
chown -R mysql:mysql /var/log/mysql2

Create a new mysql configuration file for new instance

cp -R /etc/mysql/ /etc/mysql2
cp /etc/mysql/my.cnf /etc/mysql2/my.cnf

(or change the path appropriately for your configuration file is in a different place).

Next, we need to edit our new configuration file for creating new mysql instance

cd /etc/mysql2/
sed -i 's/3306/3307/g' my.cnf
sed -i 's/mysqld.sock/mysqld2.sock/g' my.cnf
sed -i 's/' my.cnf
sed -i 's/var\/lib\/mysql/var\/lib\/mysql2/g' my.cnf
sed -i 's/var\/log\/mysql/var\/log\/mysql2/g' my.cnf

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Initializing and starting new instance

mysql_install_db --user=mysql --datadir=/var/lib/mysql2/
mysqld_safe --defaults-file=/etc/mysql2/my.cnf &

We can connect to our new instance using:

mysql -S /var/run/mysqld/mysqld2.sock -u root -p

We can stop this instance through the following

mysqladmin -S /var/run/mysqld/mysqld2.sock shutdown -u root -p

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