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I have read a number of the posts here and they all state to run the following commands:

  1. Apt-get -f remove **
  2. apt-get update
  3. apt-get upgrade
  4. apt-get -f install **

I have seen these in various order etc, and none are resolving, my issue. No matter what I try I get:

 apt-get -f install mysql-server                              Reading package 
lists... Done
Building dependency tree
Reading state information... Done
The following extra packages will be installed:
mysql-server-5.5 mysql-server-core-5.5
Suggested packages:
tinyca mailx
The following NEW packages will be installed:
mysql-server mysql-server-5.5 mysql-server-core-5.5
0 upgraded, 3 newly installed, 0 to remove and 0 not upgraded.
Need to get 0 B/14.9 MB of archives.
After this operation, 53.0 MB of additional disk space will be used.
Do you want to continue [Y/n]? y
Preconfiguring packages ...
Selecting previously unselected package mysql-server-core-5.5.
(Reading database ... 83134 files and directories currently installed.)
Unpacking mysql-server-core-5.5 (from .../mysql-server-core-5.5_5.5.29-
0ubuntu0.12.04.1_amd64.deb) ...
Selecting previously unselected package mysql-server-5.5.
Unpacking mysql-server-5.5 (from .../mysql-server-5.5_5.5.29-0ubuntu0.12.04.1_amd64.deb) 
...
Selecting previously unselected package mysql-server.
Unpacking mysql-server (from .../mysql-server_5.5.29-0ubuntu0.12.04.1_all.deb) ...
Processing triggers for man-db ...
Processing triggers for ureadahead ...
Setting up mysql-server-5.5 (5.5.29-0ubuntu0.12.04.1) ...
Setting up mysql-server-5.5 (5.5.29-0ubuntu0.12.04.1) ...
invoke-rc.d: initscript mysql, action "start" failed.
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):
No apport report written because the error message indicates its a followup error from a 
No apport report written because the error message indicates its a followup error from a 
previous failure.
                   Errors were encountered while processing:
 mysql-server-5.5
 mysql-server

I have tried several things over the past week and cannot get this to resolve, any assistance would be appreciated. I did notice the message:

Package mysql-server-5.5 is not configured yet.

and i have yet to get this configured so I am working on that aspect. Any other assistance will be very appreciated.

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Please add the output of sudo invoke-rc.d mysql start to your question. –  Florian Diesch Feb 25 '13 at 21:17
    
Here is the output... sudo invoke-rc.d mysql start Rather than invoking init scripts through /etc/init.d, use the service(8) utility, e.g. service mysql start Since the script you are attempting to invoke has been converted to an Upstart job, you may also use the start(8) utility, e.g. start mysql start: Job failed to start invoke-rc.d: initscript mysql, action "start" failed. –  Titanicx Feb 26 '13 at 20:37
    
I was able to find a solution to this issue after searching for another error in the dialog –  Titanicx Feb 27 '13 at 21:39
    
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.` I stumbled onto this thread which lead me to this old thread which contained the answer I so desperately needed. I had to run dpkg -S etc/mysql in order to get the information and found mysql-common was still installed and causing headaches for me. –  Titanicx Feb 27 '13 at 21:42
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I then ran aptitude purge mysql-server --purge-unused to clean the files. This worked like a charm. Hope this solution helps someone else down the road! –  Titanicx Feb 27 '13 at 21:43

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Solution from Titanicx worked for me. Ran

dpkg -S etc/mysql

to see that mysql-common was the problem. Removed MySQL completely:

sudo apt-get remove --purge mysql-server mysql-client mysql-common
sudo apt-get autoremove
sudo apt-get autoclean
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If nothing at all helps try this one. I downloaded the deb package from the mysql site. then

sudo apt-get purge mysql-server mysql-client mysql-common mysql-client-5.5 mysql-server-5.5 
sudo dpkg -i mysql-5.6.13-debian6.0-i686.deb 
sudo apt-get install mysql-server 

Big thanks to Ingo.

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For me it was very simple

apt-get autoremove

Got:

Setting up mysql-server-5.5 (5.5.38-1~dotdeb.0) ...
update-rc.d: warning: /etc/init.d/mysql missing LSB information
update-rc.d: see <http://wiki.debian.org/LSBInitScripts>
mysql start/running, process 21373
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