[Bug 677231] [NEW] Can't purge mysql-server

Gantry York 677231 at bugs.launchpad.net
Thu Nov 18 22:17:50 GMT 2010

Public bug reported:

I'm using Ubuntu 10.10.

I'm simply trying to get back to the default install of mysql-server.
According to the man page

sudo aptitude purge mysql-server

Should remove the package and any associated data and config files.
However, after running the above command, I notice that /var/lib/mysql
and /etc/mysql are still there.  They are not completely removed.

If have also tired

sudo aptitude install mysql-server


sudo dpkg-reconfigure mysql-server

but now, mysql server will not start.

I've spoken to several Ubuntu and MySQL chat channels on
irc.freenode.net.  They all think it is something wrong with Ubuntu's
package and suggest that I contact the package maintainer.

ProblemType: Bug
DistroRelease: Ubuntu 10.10
Package: mysql-server 5.1.49-1ubuntu8
ProcVersionSignature: Ubuntu 2.6.35-22.35-generic
Uname: Linux 2.6.35-22-generic x86_64
NonfreeKernelModules: fglrx
Architecture: amd64
Date: Thu Nov 18 15:11:34 2010
InstallationMedia: Ubuntu 9.10 "Karmic Koala" - Release amd64 (20091027)
PackageArchitecture: all
SourcePackage: mysql-5.1

** Affects: mysql-5.1 (Ubuntu)
     Importance: Undecided
         Status: New

** Tags: amd64 apport-bug maverick

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