Could Not Create Unix Socket Lock File /var/run/mysqld/mysqld.sock.lock

Operating Systems

Recently, I encountered a perplexing issue while working with MySQL on my server. Every time I tried to start the MySQL service, I received the error message: “could not create Unix socket lock file /var/run/mysqld/mysqld.sock.lock”. Let me tell you, it was quite frustrating. After spending hours diving into the depths of the internet and experimenting with various solutions, I finally managed to resolve the issue. In this article, I will share my experience and provide a detailed guide on how to fix this error.

Understanding the Error

Before we delve into the solutions, let’s understand why this error occurs in the first place. The “could not create Unix socket lock file” error typically occurs when the MySQL service is unable to create a lock file for its Unix socket. The Unix socket is a special file that allows communication between client programs and the MySQL server.

In this case, the error specifically mentions the file path “/var/run/mysqld/mysqld.sock.lock”. This path is the default location where the MySQL service attempts to create the lock file. If the MySQL service does not have the necessary permissions to create or access this file, the error is triggered.

Possible Causes

There can be several reasons why the MySQL service is unable to create the Unix socket lock file. Here are a few possible causes:

  1. Permissions Issue: The MySQL service may not have the necessary permissions to create or access the lock file.
  2. Filesystem Issue: The filesystem where the lock file is located may be full or experiencing other issues.
  3. Configuration Issue: There may be a misconfiguration in the MySQL server’s configuration file.

Fixing the Error

Now that we have a better understanding of the error and its possible causes, let’s explore some solutions:

1. Checking Permissions

The first step is to ensure that the MySQL service has the necessary permissions to create the lock file. To do this, follow these steps:

  1. Open a terminal and navigate to the location of the lock file by running the command: cd /var/run/mysqld.
  2. Check the ownership and permissions of the directory and files using the command: ls -l.
  3. If the ownership or permissions are incorrect, you can change them using the chown and chmod commands respectively. For example, to change the ownership to the user “mysql” and group “mysql”, run the command: sudo chown mysql:mysql mysqld.sock.lock.

2. Checking Filesystem

If the permissions are correct, the next step is to check the filesystem where the lock file is located. Here’s what you can do:

  1. Check the available disk space on the filesystem by running the command: df -h /var/run.
  2. If the filesystem is full or nearly full, you may need to free up some space or resize the filesystem to accommodate the lock file.

3. Checking Configuration

If the above steps don’t resolve the issue, it’s worth checking the MySQL server’s configuration file for any misconfigurations. Here’s how:

  1. Open the MySQL server’s configuration file using a text editor. The location of the file can vary depending on your system, but it’s usually located at /etc/mysql/my.cnf.
  2. Search for the line that specifies the location of the Unix socket, which is typically something like socket=/var/run/mysqld/mysqld.sock.
  3. Ensure that the path specified in the socket directive matches the actual path where the lock file is being created.


Dealing with the “could not create Unix socket lock file” error in MySQL can be a frustrating experience. However, by following the steps outlined in this article, you can troubleshoot and resolve the issue. Remember to check the permissions, filesystem, and configuration to identify the underlying cause and apply the appropriate fix. Hopefully, this guide has been helpful, and you can now start your MySQL service without any hassles. Happy coding!