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start: Job failed to start
invoke-rc.d: initscript mysql, action "start" failed.
dpkg: error processing mysql-server-5.5 (--configure):
 subprocess installed post-installation script returned error exit status 1
dpkg: dependency problems prevent configuration of mysql-server:
 mysql-server depends on mysql-server-5.5; however:
  Package mysql-server-5.5 is not configured yet.
dpkg: error processing mysql-server (--configure):
 dependency problems - leaving unconfigured
No apport report written because the error message indicates its a followup error from a previous failure.
     Errors were encountered while processing:
E: Sub-process /usr/bin/dpkg returned an error code (1)

I have been trying to install this for a while. I've totally purged the system of anything mysql and tried a reinstall multiple times. I'm at my wits end. I'm sure I've forgot to post something you need to troubleshoot it so please ask and I will deliver.

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Me too, exact same issue - after installing 341 update packages (had not used this Ubuntu installation for a while). Also see bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/mysql-5.5/+bug/1103837 –  Someone Jan 25 '13 at 11:42

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SOLVED: I had to change default-character-set=utf8 to character-set-server=utf8

See http://ronaldbradford.com/blog/tag/mysql-5-5/

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