Can't start akonadi


I’ve not been able to use any akonadi-based tools on my workstation for some time; I’ve been reading email with my laptop. But I need to get this fixed.

When I try to start akonadi, I get this error:

$ akonadictl start
org.kde.pim.akonadictl: Starting Akonadi Server…
org.kde.pim.akonadictl: done.
Connecting to deprecated signal QDBusConnectionInterface::serviceOwnerChanged(QString,QS
mdiehl@mikeworkstation:~/.local/share$ org.kde.pim.akonadiserver: Starting up the Akonad
i Server…
mysqld: [ERROR] Failed to open required defaults file: /etc/xdg/akonadi/mysql-global.con
mysqld: [ERROR] Fatal error in defaults handling. Program aborted!
org.kde.pim.akonadiserver: database server stopped unexpectedly
org.kde.pim.akonadiserver: Database process exited unexpectedly during initial connectio
org.kde.pim.akonadiserver: executable: “/usr/sbin/mysqld”
org.kde.pim.akonadiserver: arguments: (“–defaults-file=/home/mdiehl/.local/share/akonad
i/mysql.conf”, “–datadir=/home/mdiehl/.local/share/akonadi/db_data/”, “–socket=/run/us
er/1000/akonadi/mysql.socket”, “–pid-file=/run/user/1000/akonadi/”)
org.kde.pim.akonadiserver: stdout: “”
org.kde.pim.akonadiserver: stderr: “mysqld: [ERROR] Failed to open required defaults fil
e: /home/mdiehl/.local/share/akonadi/mysql.conf\nmysqld: [ERROR] Fatal error in defaults
handling. Program aborted!\n”
org.kde.pim.akonadiserver: exit code: 1
org.kde.pim.akonadiserver: process error: “Unknown error”
org.kde.pim.akonadiserver: Shutting down AkonadiServer…
org.kde.pim.akonadicontrol: Application ‘/usr/bin/akonadiserver’ exited normally…

I have verified that the files mentioned exist and have rational permissions. I have also simply removed the ~/.local/share/akonadi directory and restarted. Nothing seems to fix this.

Where else should I look?


Hey Mike,

have you seen


That did it! Your Google-fu far outshines my own.

Thank you!


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