How to purge completly a broken MySQL

Hal Burgiss hal at
Sat Jan 10 23:52:35 UTC 2009

On Sat, Jan 10, 2009 at 06:40:05PM -0500, stan wrote:
> That results in:
> Package mysql-server-5.0 is not installed, so not removed

Stan, have you looked at the apt-get man page? Not being flip, but I
don't have a way to test your predicament to see what the best combo
of apt-get options are. I have not had this particular pleasure with
Debian based systems ;-)

There are various options there for forcing, re-installing, etc.
Somewhere in there is the answer. I would try a re-install then
uninstall (with purge), and then a clean install. On rpm based
systems, I have had the same situation, and IIRC, you do do a forced
re-install, then uninstall/purge, and then a clean install. Thats the
basis of my suggestion. r


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