innobackupex: fatal error: no 'mysqld' group in MySQL options

innobackupex throws the following error (see last line below)

Remedy: Make sure your Linux distro is compatible. You may have to compile from source.

innobackupex --defaults-file=redacted/my.cnf --user=root --password=cat /home/mysql/scripts/mysql-sa --databases=“livetime”/home/mysql/livetime
InnoDB Backup Utility v1.5.1-xtrabackup; Copyright 2003, 2009 Innobase Oy
and Percona Inc 2009-2012. All Rights Reserved.

This software is published under
the GNU GENERAL PUBLIC LICENSE Version 2, June 1991.

121227 15:19:38 innobackupex: Starting mysql with options: --defaults-file=‘redacted/my.cnf’ --password=xxxxxxxx --user=‘root’ --unbuffered –
121227 15:19:38 innobackupex: Connected to database with mysql child process (p id=17355)
121227 15:19:44 innobackupex: Connection to database server closed
IMPORTANT: Please check that the backup run completes successfully.
At the end of a successful backup run innobackupex
prints “completed OK!”.

innobackupex: Using mysql Ver 14.14 Distrib 5.1.43, for unknown-linux-gnu (x86_ 64) using readline 5.1
innobackupex: Using mysql server version Copyright 2000-2008 MySQL AB, 2008 Sun Microsystems, Inc.

innobackupex: fatal error: no ‘mysqld’ group in MySQL options