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Excerpts from this Manual SHUTDOWN Statement


This statement stops the MySQL server. It requires the SHUTDOWN privilege.

SHUTDOWN provides an SQL-level interface to the same functionality available using the mysqladmin shutdown command or the mysql_shutdown() C API function. A successful SHUTDOWN sequence consists of checking the privileges, validating the arguments, and sending an OK packet to the client. Then the server is shut down.

The Com_shutdown status variable tracks the number of SHUTDOWN statements. Because status variables are initialized for each server startup and do not persist across restarts, Com_shutdown normally has a value of zero, but can be nonzero if SHUTDOWN statements were executed but failed.

Another way to stop the server is to send it a SIGTERM signal, which can be done by root or the account that owns the server process. SIGTERM enables server shutdown to be performed without having to connect to the server. See Section 6.10, “Unix Signal Handling in MySQL”.