We recently had a requirement to run two instances of MySQL on two separate Solaris systems (for the purposes of dual-master replication). The systems in question were both SunFire T2000s running Solaris 10 (U3) and Coolstack 1.2 and already had a previous/single instance of MySQL running (SMF service csk-mysql).
In the end, it was a relatively straightforward exercise in that all we really did was replicate the existing instance (control script, configuration file and manifest file) and change the necessary bits of the resultant files so that the new instance was sufficiently different to the old, in the end, producing two independent SMF services (csk-mysql1 and csk-mysql2). Specifically, the following files were created:
MySQL Control Scripts:
MySQL Configuration Files:
MySQL Manifest Files:
The manifest files were identical but for the name of the service and the control script they invoke. The control scripts were also identical but for the configuration file and DBDIR that they use and the difference(s) in the configuration files were mainly in terms of the port numbers and socket files used.
The only thing that caught us out was in modifying the control scripts (to tell them which configuration file they should use). This was done by adding a
--defaults-file argument to the invocation of mysql_safe. However, you need to ensure that this argument is the first one you pass to mysql_safe. Otherwise, MySQL will launch will not load the correct configuration settings. This is not (well) documented so beware!
Also, when trying to access the new instances via the mysql client, you will need to add the -P and -S arguments.