Setup a wordpress multisite network on AWS EC2 (2)

WordPress provided the BitNami Multisite stack, but it includes LAMP stack in the install. I don’t want to mess up the existing Apache, so I decided to do the manual install. Plus, it should be more fun to DIY.

Basically the setup followed

Skipped the EC2 Setup. Setting up RDS is easy. The difference from using the EC2 MySQL is here:

Don’t make the wp-config.php from wp-config-sample.php by manually input the localhost MySQL database info.

Instead, go to the mapped URL, which is pointed to the WordPress path via Apache’s Name base Virtual Host. Then follow the screen instruction to create the config file with RDS’ endpoint address.

Then the normal wordpress site should be ready to run.

The next will be two side notes on how to manage the RDS database with phpMyAdmin and how to setup FTP users, then we will come back to the real setting up WordPress Multisite.


MySQL log is in the future!

After last time MySQL crashed, the log file has not been working properly. But it is a silent error so I didn’t notice it until now.

InnoDB: Error: page 570 log sequence number 7289495
InnoDB: is in the future! Current system log sequence number 5574939.
InnoDB: Your database may be corrupt or you may have copied the InnoDB
InnoDB: tablespace but not the InnoDB log files. See
InnoDB: for more information.

The most helpful tips I found is  and MySQL InnoDB crash recovery guide for 11.23,11.24 (mysql will not start) and MySQL Forums :: InnoDB :: innodb log sequence error

This one gives answers in a more sophisticated way.

My database is relative small in size so I decided to go with the first two easy recipes. But the “” perl script failed to work because of the mysql root password. I used mysqldump to do the work. Here is what I did:

1) stop mysqld: sudo service mysqld stop

2) backup all the data : mysqldump -u root -p --all-databases > all-databases.sql

3) rename the files in case anything bad happens:

mv ib_logfile0 ib_logfile0.bak

mv ib_logfile1 ib_logfile1.bak

mv ibdata1 ibdata1.bak

4) restart mysqld with “innodb_force_recovery=4” in my.cnf : sudo service mysqld start
Now the “log in the future” problem should be gone with the ibdata1 file reconstructed. But all the data are gone, too.

5) restore the data: mysql -u root -p < all-databases.sql

6) you need to restart the mysqld again with “innodb_force_recovery=4”: sudo service mysqld restart
Otherwise you will get another error in your mysql.log file:

InnoDB: Error: table `xxx`.`xx` does not exist in the InnoDB internal
InnoDB: data dictionary though MySQL is trying to drop it.
InnoDB: Have you copied the .frm file of the table to the
InnoDB: MySQL database directory from another database?
InnoDB: You can look for further help from

Now everything should be back to normal, double check if you lost any data. I got lucky. You can delete the .bak file if you want.

NOTE: if your database is huge, the dump and restore process will take a very long time. So you might want to explore the solutions given by the Any better way out of MySQL InnoDB log “in the future”?

Setup a wordpress multisite network on AWS EC2 (1)

I tried to setup a blog for the share future project in the beginning of Dec. At the beginning I forgot that AWS Free Usage Tier included RDS service, so I used the MySQL service on our micro EC2 instance. As you can expect, the whole site crashed before long because out of memory.

The mysqld.log:

121212 1:03:04 InnoDB: Fatal error: cannot allocate memory for the buffer pool
121212 1:03:04 [ERROR] Plugin ‘InnoDB’ init function returned error.
121212 1:03:04 [ERROR] Plugin ‘InnoDB’ registration as a STORAGE ENGINE failed.
121212 1:03:04 [ERROR] Unknown/unsupported storage engine: InnoDB
121212 1:03:04 [ERROR] Aborting

After some research, I found that making swap space solved the problem (Ref here).

Now we decided to setup a separate wordpress site for the project itself. I decided to use the RDS service for the database handling and use the multisite network feature support by wordpress 3.0.

In the following posts I will write down my notes.

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