I unfortunately messed up my mysql installation, when I thought I could just install mariadb next to it. Now I am not even able to remove and re-install it. As I have a lot of other things set up in this system I would like to avoid to freshly install Ubuntu.
What can I do to rescue the system. I don't care about the data in the sql database as this is gone for good now I believe.
When trying to
sudo dpkg --purge --force-all mysql-server and
sudo apt install mysql-server I get the error message:
update-alternatives: error: alternative path /etc/mysql/mysql.cnf doesn't exist dpkg: error processing package mysql-server-5.7 (--configure): subprocess installed post-installation script returned error exit status 2 dpkg: dpendency problems prevent configuration of mysql-server: mysql-server depends on mysql-server-5.7; however: Package mysql-server-5.7 is not configured yet. dpkg: error processing package mysql-server (--configured): dependency problems - leaving unconfigured No apport repport written because the error message indicates its a followup error from a previous failure. Errors were encountered while processing: mysql-server-5.8 mysql-server E: Sub-process /usr/bin/dpkg returned an error code (1)