[CentOS] mysqld breaks yum, help?

Ralph Angenendt ra+centos at br-online.de
Mon Oct 6 09:45:59 UTC 2008

Dac Chartrand wrote:
> Greetings. After doing:
> $ yum install mysql-server
> $ /etc/init.d/mysqld start
> Yum is broken. Example:
> $ yum list php
> Loading "fastestmirror" plugin
> Loading "priorities" plugin
> Loading mirror speeds from cached hostfile
>  * utterramblings: www.jasonlitka.com
>  * base: mirror.nuvio.com
> Traceback (most recent call last):
>   File "/usr/bin/yum", line 29, in ?
>     yummain.main(sys.argv[1:])
> [..snip..]
>   File "/usr/lib/python2.4/threading.py", line 416, in start
>     _start_new_thread(self.__bootstrap, ())
> thread.error: can't start new thread

Are you running on a VPS? Do you have the yum-fastestmirror plugin
enabled? If so: mysql *and* yum (with fastestmirror) take up quite a few
threads on your system. Many vpses limit the number of threads which can
be run in a vps instance.

Try turning off yum-fastestmirror and look if yum works again.


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