MySQL can't use "LOAD DATA INFILE", secure-file-priv option is preventing execution.

I am trying to run a simple code to mysql db but it’s preventing me to do so. The code is tested on my xampp environment and it works.

the code that i am trying to use is this:

LOAD DATA INFILE '/var/www/laravelapp/storage/app/file.txt' 

the error that I get is: ERROR 1290 (HY000): The MySQL server is running with the --secure-file-priv option so it cannot execute this statement

I have searched for a fix and a lot of people recommend to add secure-file-priv = "" to my.cnf file under the mysqld config group

But I know that i am missing smth because I have added the configuration line at my.cnf file restarted mysql server with the commands:

service mysql restart
service mysql stop
service mysql start
/etc/init.d/mysql restart

This is part of my.cnf file:

# This was formally known as [safe_mysqld]. Both versions are currently parsed.
socket          = /var/run/mysqld/mysqld.sock
nice            = 0

# * Basic Settings
secure-file-priv = ""
user            = mysql
pid-file        = /var/run/mysqld/
socket          = /var/run/mysqld/mysqld.sock
port            = 3306
basedir         = /usr
datadir         = /var/lib/mysql
tmpdir          = /tmp
lc-messages-dir = /usr/share/mysql
# Instead of skip-networking the default is now to listen only on
# localhost which is more compatible and is not less secure.
bind-address            =
# * Fine Tuning

Also tried to add it at the end of the file, in other parts, or to change the syntax:

secure-file-priv = " "
secure_file_priv = ""
secure_file_priv = " "

but still without success.

Pls any idea how can I run:


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Try to check also the username privileges with the commands:

mysql> show grants for user; mysql> select * from user where User=‘user’ \G;

The correct variable syntax is as shown below: secure-file-priv = “”

mysql> SHOW VARIABLES LIKE “secure_file_priv”;

| Variable_name    | Value                 |
| secure_file_priv | /var/lib/mysql-files/ |

the idea is that I want to run these files from my web server’s directory: /var/www/laravelapp/storage/app/ and not from : /var/lib/mysql-files/

When i try what you suggested I face this problem:

mysql> LOAD DATA LOCAL INFILE '/var/www/shoppingcart/storage/app/file.txt'  INTO TABLE prove FIELDS TERMINATED BY '|';

ERROR 1148 (42000): The used command is not allowed with this MySQL version

 mysql -V

mysql Ver 14.14 Distrib 5.5.53, for debian-linux-gnu (x86_64) using readline 6.3

I don’t know if there is another workaround this problem or should I just swap to MariaDB but then again I am not sure if the problem still persists there too.