MYSQL update

Chris Jeffries chris at
Thu Nov 13 14:13:40 UTC 2008

On Thu, 2008-11-13 at 10:50 +0000, ubuntu-users-request at
> On Wed, Nov 12, 2008 at 8:49 AM, Chris Jeffries <chris at>
> wrote:
>         Hi
>         I am on Hardy Heron (do not want to be a guinea pig, I want to
>         USE
>         Ubuntu rather than play with it). I just had an update of
>         MySQL which
>         failed because it could not close MySQL. I presume that was
>         because it
>         needed a password and did not have it.
> It almost sounds like the mysql system user is gone missing. Do you
> still have a mysql account like 'debian-sys-maint', and does it have
> the password it needs? Also, have you checked syslog for a better
> error message?
> -- 
> Hal

Spot on. Thank you. I had hacked the user file to transfer users over
from a Windows system (not all that successfully) and trashed the debian
maint. user (I did not realise there was one) in the process.

Since I rarely use mysqladmin, I had also used the stop command instead
of the shutdown command. I shall really have to learn what I am doing
before doing it!!!


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