I tried shutting down mysql, then starting it from /usr/libexec/ with:
shell> mysql --local-infile=1
which didn't throw any errors and looks like it should work according to the manual: http://www.mysql.com/doc/en/LOAD_DATA_LOCAL.html
but when I try to load data into a table with:
shell> load data local infile 'data.txt' into table test;
I get the error:
ERROR 1148: The used command is not allowed with this MySQL version
which is the error the manual says I'll get if LOAD DATA LOCAL INFILE is disabled, either in the server or the client.