The manual (the html version anyway) says that all the files called
*.ISM and *.ISD can be deleted from the mysql directory. It claims
they can be recreated by running scripts/mysql_install_db. THIS IS
NOT CORRECT. If these files are deleted, scripts/mysql_install_db
does not recreate them and msqld will not restart. The only way
to get things working again is to delete the entire distribution
and re-install from scratch. This is no use if there is any data
obviously. The incorrect text can be found at the end of section 6.10.
The daemon will not restart because it cannot find the file host.ISM.
rm *.ISD *.ISM
Delete the incorrect instructions from the manual. Provide a script
or proper instructions to delete users/permissions. The workaround
is to delete the entire mysql directory rather than just the ISM and
ISD files. This seems to work but may cause other problems.
>MySQL support: none
>Synopsis: Manual is incorrect
>Release: mysql-3.22.20a (Source distribution)
System: Linux r104-3 2.0.35 #1 Sat Mar 6 17:42:18 GMT 1999 i586 unknown
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