Installing mysql-server doesn't create any users
prestonh at gmail.com
Thu Apr 2 22:21:52 UTC 2009
On Thu, Apr 2, 2009 at 4:14 PM, Hal Burgiss <hal at burgiss.net> wrote:
> I've never had trouble with a mysql installation. I would be inclined
> to do a 'remove --purge', then look around the filesystem (like in
> /var/lib/mysql), and phsyically remove any pieces I found, and then
> start fresh.
Thanks for the response. I finally figured it out myself. For some
reason, my /tmp directory on my server didn't have write permissions
for group and other. I found that out after I tried running
and saw that it failed to create a tmp file in /tmp. After correcting
the permissions, I tried running mysql_install_db as well as doing a
dkpg-reconfigure and a apt-get remove followed by an apt-get install.
Finally I did more or less as suggested above and did a
dpkg -P mysql-server-5.0
to completely purge it. After that, I reinstalled it with apt-get and
everything worked great. I have no idea how or why /tmp had its
permissions changed, but apparently the fact that it couldn't write a
tmp file in there was causing a silent failure (as far as the deb
package installer was concerned) that wouldn't allow it or me to
create a user.
Anyway, it is fixed now. Thanks for the help.
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