having massive difficulty just getting rid of mysql
Robert P. J. Day
rpjday at crashcourse.ca
Sun Aug 1 14:31:33 UTC 2010
On Sun, 1 Aug 2010, Hal Burgiss wrote:
> On Sat, Jul 31, 2010 at 6:20 PM, Robert P. J. Day <rpjday at crashcourse.ca> wrote:
> > on a test 10.04 system, all i want to do is remove all traces of
> > mysql, then re-install to start fresh, and i'm going slowly bonkers.
> > first, it took me over 1/2 hour just to remove all mysql-related
> > packages, even though i saw nothing that had mysql as a dependency.
> > now i'm at the point where i think i've re-installed the packages i
> > want, but any attempt to start the mysql server simply hangs the
> > terminal i'm trying to start it in.
> > "ps -ef" shows that "start mysql" is running, but running "mysql -u
> > root -p" says i can't connect to my mysql server. i'm running out of
> > ideas. i would be happy to blast every trace of mysql, then
> > re-install it from scratch, but i thought i did that, and it's still
> > brain-damaged and refuses to start properly.
> You didn't really say, but did you uninstall with the "purge" option
> to apt? Also, have you checked syslog to see if there is a complaint
> there somewhere?
you're right, i should have been clearer -- yes, i tried purging the
package(s) several times, but the remnants were still there with the
"rc" status. finally, i went into synaptic, selected the mysql
packages and chose to "remove completely." and *that* worked. go
figure. it literally took over an hour to *finally* get back to a
working system with mysql (re)installed and all being well. it was a
moderately frustrating experience and i'm not sure what the problem
was that whole time.
Robert P. J. Day Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA
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