MySQL : Error :1004 SQLSTATE: HY000 (ER_CANT_CREATE_FILE) Can't create file


Error No : 1004
Error Type : Server Error
Error Code : 1004 SQLSTATE: HY000 (ER_CANT_CREATE_FILE)
Error Message : Can't create file '%s' (errno: %d - %s) Server Error
This error may occur when creating a .frm file or copying it from one location to another fails.

If the .frm file is being moved or you do not have access permissions then you may get ER_CANT_CREATE_FILE.

It may also occur during creating of new table using LIKE clause.

What is a .frm file?
  1. MySQL table that you create are stored with .frm file extension in the disk.
  2. The file has the same name as that of the table you create.
  3. The file format is the same regardless of the platform.
Example to access .frm file (Using XAMPP)
  1. Create table : mydb.mytable (name varchar(10));
  2. Now go to location where mysql is installed : XAMPP/xamppfiles/var/mysql/mydb/mytable.frm
  3. Note you may not have access to this file only if you have root access.
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