Akonadi is not starting, refuses to run as root (Slackware 13.0/13.1/13.37/current installation).

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Well, I am having fun lately with the latest incarnation of the Slackware Linux distribution. Like I said before I am a slacker, and I like Slackware a lot. In a way it’s nice that some things don’t work out of the box. You get to know how they work.

Well, after my first startx I was greeted by a message stating that Akonadi failed to start / Akonadi fails to start. I had a hunch that it’s missing his Mysql friend. I configured mysql as explained here and restarted KDE. It still didn’t work, but I was on the right track.

I opened an xterm and ran:

mysqladmin create akonadi -p

hoping that it will help. Well, it didn’t fix it either. The message informing that Akonadi fails to start also has an error log. Clicking on it I discovered that the problems were still Mysql related. So I went into Akonadi configuration, changed the setting from local mysql (accessed through a socket) to server mode, typing in localhost, and an user and a password.

That fixed it !


Akonadi, in it’s default configuration runs an internal mysql server which by default does not allow to be ran as root. Now this is all nice and well but I run my workstation as root. Yes, yes I know, but I still want to, my workstation, my rules. So here’s how:

~/.local/share/akonadi/mysql.conf and add


to it. (you can choose any user as which this mysql instance will run but I really lost too much time with this nonsense already to bother)

I know, I know, you should not run as root and everything but it’s my machine and I’ll run as whatever damn user I want.

I also think that typing the correct path to the mysql socket would help too.

Have fun

  • gabriel


    Thank you so much.

    Gabriel France

  • pat

    There is a typo in your line:

    mysql-admin create akonadi

    The correct command would be mysqladmin (without the dash), and as you just changed your MySQL root password as you explained the line should contain the -p option or it will fail.

    mysqladmin create akonadi -p


  • Thank you, I corrected the post.

  • Another problem I hit is that the mysql instance being run by akonadi will not run as root because of security reasons. Here’s how yo fix it:

    ~/.local/share/akonadi/mysql.conf and add user=root to it

    I know, I know, you should not run as root and everything but it’s my machine and I’ll run as whatever damn user I want.

  • shiprat

    Akonadi is accessing a Unix-socket protected by root file permissions – not listening at network at all.
    Here this ‘not run as root’ crap is completly useless.
    Bloody akonadi makes poeple leave kde for gnome because some have tu work as root and we are not all stupid windozze or ubuntu users