[RESOLVED] Re: mysql service masked after installing MariaDB

Tony Arnold tony.arnold at manchester.ac.uk
Fri May 1 06:46:41 UTC 2015

The following has fixed the problem.

rm -r /var/lib/mysql*		# Remove any old database setup
mysql_install_db -u mysql	# Install new database
systemctl unmask mysql.service	# Emables the service for systemd
service mysql start		# start the service.



On 01/05/15 00:06, Tony Arnold wrote:
> I'm trying to set up an Ubuntu server (15.04) but using MariaDB instead
> of MySql. During installation, I selected LAMP server and then once
> complete I installed MariaDB-server using aptitude. Aptitude offered to
> remove MySql packages which I accepted.
> However, when trying to start the mysql service, it fails with a message
> saying the service is masked, viz:
> sudo service mysql start
> [sudo] password for tony:
> Failed to start mysql.service: Unit mysql.service is masked.
> How do I fix this? Or what is the best way to install ubuntu-server
> using MariaDB?
> Note, I need MariaDB because I am trying to restore a database that has
> come from a system with the Aria storage engine as the default.
> Many thanks in advance.
> Regards,
> Tony.

Tony Arnold, IT Security Analyst, University of Manchester.
T: +44 (0) 161 275 6093, F: +44 (0) 705 344 3082,
M: +44 (0) 773 330 0039, E: tony.arnold at manchester.ac.uk

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