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So it turns out that the port for MySQL currently fails for OS X 10.9. I found a good alternative here though: http://www.macminivault.com/mysql-mavericks/. I installed mysql using his recommendation: bash <(curl -Ls http://git.io/eUx7rg) A few tips: this assigns the root user a random password which is saved in a text file on the desktop mysql ...


Finally solved this issue... (3 days later) Open up YOURUSERNAME.local.err in /Applications/XAMPP/xamppfiles/var/mysql/ with a text editor. I had "InnoDB: Your database may be corrupt or you may have copied the InnoDB tablespace but not the InnoDB log files" Then follow instructions on http://dev.mysql.com/doc/refman/5.6/en/forcing-innodb-recovery.html ...


Not sure why, but deleting a file called something like /usr/local/var/mysql/Andrejs-MacBook-Pro.local.err and running mysql.server start worked for me. As detailed here.

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