Easy fix for ERROR 1010 (HY000): Error dropping database

22 June,2020 by Jack Vamvas

Question : I'm trying to drop a database in MariaDB with the following command : DROP DATABASE mydatabase, but getting an error message :

ERROR 1010 (HY000): Error dropping database (can't rmdir './mydatabase', errno: 39 "Directory not empty")

What is stopping the database from being dropped?

 

Answer:  MariaDB represents a database in the data directory. When you're executing the DROP DATABASE command - you're making a request to delete the table files - followed by removal of the directory.    The DROP DATABASE command - does not drop non table file - therefore it cannot progress to the remove directory step.

That's the error message you see i.e unable to remove directory 

Remove the non-table files and then attempt the DROP DATABASE command

 


Author: Jack Vamvas (http://www.dba-ninja.com)


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