apt-get got stuck while installing mysql-server. I don't know why but it just stopped working and never continued. I had to reboot the machine in the middle of the setup process.
Now, if I try to install or purge the mysql-server package, apt-get tries to configure mysql-server first (tells me its not installed before that) and cancels with a error message:
Sub-process /usr/bin/dpkg returned an error code(1)
apt-get also tells me that two packages have not been successfully installed or removed.
this is the complete console output:
christian@devbox:~$ sudo apt-get install mysql-server [sudo] password for christian: Reading package lists... Done Building dependency tree Reading state information... Done mysql-server is already the newest version. 0 upgraded, 0 newly installed, 0 to remove and 17 not upgraded. 2 not fully installed or removed. After this operation, 0 B of additional disk space will be used. Do you want to continue [Y/n]? y Setting up mysql-server-5.5 (5.5.32-0ubuntu7) ... 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: mysql-server-5.5 mysql-server E: Sub-process /usr/bin/dpkg returned an error code (1) christian@devbox:~$