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How to find the MariaDB data directory

29 June,2022 by Rambler

I received a question from a XAMPP developer about how to find the data directory in MariaDB. They were receiving the error : ERROR 1010 (HY000): Error dropping database (can't rmdir './mydatabase', errno: 39 "Directory not empty")   and needed to establish the data directory location    . 


The purpose was to delete some non-table files - read here for an Easy fix for ERROR 1010 (HY000): Error dropping database

To find the MariaDB data directory use the following statement: 

select @@datadir;

This command will return the directory e.g   /mydatapath/myfolder 

@@datadir  returns the directory where your database files are stored.


For more MariaDB commands - Quick access to MariaDB Cheatsheet


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