Couldn’t load plugin named ‘innodb’

As part of reviewing storage engines for my work on the upcoming Expert PHP and MySQL book, I finally had an excuse to try out the InnoDB Plugin for MySQL which is now conveniently included with MySQL 5.1 since 5.1.38.

Following the MySQL 5.1 Reference Manual instructions at 13.6. The InnoDB Storage Engine I included the bare minimum as documented to my my.cnf.

[mysqld]
ignore-builtin-innodb
plugin-load=innodb=ha_innodb_plugin.so ;innodb_trx=ha_innodb_plugin.so ;innodb_locks=ha_innodb_plugin.so ;innodb_cmp=ha_innodb_plugin.so ;innodb_cmp_reset=ha_innodb_plugin.so ;innodb_cmpmem=ha_innodb_plugin.so ;innodb_cmpmem_reset=ha_innodb_plugin.so

However to my misfortune the following error occured.

091212 17:45:14 [ERROR] Can't open shared library '/home/rbradfor/mysql/mysql-5.1.41-linux-x86_64-glibc23/lib/plugin/ha_innodb_plugin.so ' (errno: 22 cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory)
091212 17:45:14 [ERROR] Couldn't load plugin named 'innodb' with soname 'ha_innodb_plugin.so '.

I double checked the files were indeed included in the binary release before undertaking a google search, to reveal the official Innodb Plugin Manual page but still not much to go on with the information ” Can’t open shared library library_name – Diagnose the cause from the following message details.”

Back to re-reading the error message, as referenced, I observed there is a trailing space ‘ ‘ ater the plugin name. Observing that I had indeed had this the my.cnf, the result of joining the lines from the MySQL manual which were broken down for presentation means (as noted).

Removed the space, and viola it works.

mysql> show plugins;
+---------------------+----------+--------------------+---------------------+---------+
| Name                | Status   | Type               | Library             | License |
+---------------------+----------+--------------------+---------------------+---------+
| binlog              | ACTIVE   | STORAGE ENGINE     | NULL                | GPL     |
| partition           | ACTIVE   | STORAGE ENGINE     | NULL                | GPL     |
| ARCHIVE             | ACTIVE   | STORAGE ENGINE     | NULL                | GPL     |
| BLACKHOLE           | ACTIVE   | STORAGE ENGINE     | NULL                | GPL     |
| CSV                 | ACTIVE   | STORAGE ENGINE     | NULL                | GPL     |
| FEDERATED           | DISABLED | STORAGE ENGINE     | NULL                | GPL     |
| MEMORY              | ACTIVE   | STORAGE ENGINE     | NULL                | GPL     |
| MyISAM              | ACTIVE   | STORAGE ENGINE     | NULL                | GPL     |
| MRG_MYISAM          | ACTIVE   | STORAGE ENGINE     | NULL                | GPL     |
| InnoDB              | ACTIVE   | STORAGE ENGINE     | ha_innodb_plugin.so | GPL     |
| INNODB_TRX          | ACTIVE   | INFORMATION SCHEMA | ha_innodb_plugin.so | GPL     |
| INNODB_LOCKS        | ACTIVE   | INFORMATION SCHEMA | ha_innodb_plugin.so | GPL     |
| INNODB_CMP          | ACTIVE   | INFORMATION SCHEMA | ha_innodb_plugin.so | GPL     |
| INNODB_CMP_RESET    | ACTIVE   | INFORMATION SCHEMA | ha_innodb_plugin.so | GPL     |
| INNODB_CMPMEM       | ACTIVE   | INFORMATION SCHEMA | ha_innodb_plugin.so | GPL     |
| INNODB_CMPMEM_RESET | ACTIVE   | INFORMATION SCHEMA | ha_innodb_plugin.so | GPL     |
+---------------------+----------+--------------------+---------------------+---------+

I would question that this level of pedantic checking is unnecessary. A simple trim on semi-colon ‘;’ separated values could be an easy fix.

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One Response to “Couldn’t load plugin named ‘innodb’”

  1. Shlomi Noach says:

    Same thing happened to me as well.
    However, the setup you’ve presented is true for plugin 1.0.3, and it has changes since then; it now only requires:

    [mysqld]
    ignore-builtin-innodb
    plugin-load=innodb=ha_innodb_plugin.so

    As is specified in the manual: http://dev.mysql.com/doc/refman/5.1/en/innodb.html
    So no blanks to worry about any more.