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.



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