I ran across this error today whilst upgrading to an instance of MySQL 5.4.
Unknown table engine 'InnoDB'
I executed the following command at the MySQL client to see the available storage engines.
This only listed the following table types;
MRG_MYISAM MyISAM BLACKHOLE CSV MEMORY FEDERATED ARCHIVE
Sure enough, No Innodb engine was present. I googled for “Unknown table engine Innodb” and came across the following thread. While this made sense it had no effect for me as skip-innodb wasn’t present in the my.cnf file. I decided to take a peek into the MySQL error log;
InnoDB: Error: log file /var/lib/mysql/ib_logfile2 is of different size 0 0 bytes InnoDB: than specified in the .cnf file 0 5242880 bytes! 100511 18:28:23 [ERROR] Plugin 'InnoDB' init function returned error. 100511 18:28:23 [ERROR] Plugin 'InnoDB' registration as a STORAGE ENGINE failed
I checked the file mentioned, ib_logfile2 , and it was precisely the size the config file said it should be. Since this was a new installation, and no risk of data loss, I deleted the file and attempted to restart MySQL. Again it failed. A bit of further googling uncovered this StackOverflow thread.
InnoDB is insanely picky about it's config; if something's not right, it'll just give up and go home. To get around this problem, just stop MySQL, delete the old logfile, and start MySQL again. The log file will be created with the correct size, and all will be well.
I’d already tried this but the original poster mentioned they deleted all log files in the /var/lib/mysql directory and then InnoDB decided it was happy to start up. This isn’t something I’d be keen to use on a production system but I gave it go and MySQL started running.
100511 18:30:23 InnoDB: Database was not shut down normally! InnoDB: Starting crash recovery. InnoDB: Reading tablespace information from the .ibd files... InnoDB: Restoring possible half-written data pages from the doublewrite InnoDB: buffer... InnoDB: Last MySQL binlog file position 0 3350536, file name ./mysql-bin.000034 100511 18:30:23 InnoDB Plugin 1.0.4 started; log sequence number 52761612 100511 18:30:23 [Note] Event Scheduler: Loaded 0 events 100511 18:30:23 [Note] /usr/sbin/mysqld: ready for connections. Version: '5.4.2-beta-community-log' socket: '/var/run/mysql/mysql.sock' port: 3306 MySQL Community Server (GPL)