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After upgrading Ubuntu from 12.04 to 13.10, the MySQL server (now 5.5) does not start/stop with service mysql start|stop. When typing /etc/init.d/mysql start, everything works fine.

Once it does nothing, when pressing ^C and retrying it says:

start: Job is already running: mysql

while it is not.

After trying to start the service with the upstart syntax, I took a look into the htop statuses:

19973 root 20 0 2272 552 480 S 0.0 0.0 0:00.00 /bin/sh /usr/sbin/service mysql restart
19979 root 20 0 6280 1064 936 S 0.0 0.0 0:00.00 stop mysql

and it stays like this.

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Try this:

sudo service mysql start


sudo service mysql stop && sleep 3s && sudo service mysql start

or again:

sudo service mysql restart
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I am root. All of these commands don't run, but show an empty newline. – Jublo Mar 6 '14 at 18:26

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