I am currently running an upgrade from Ubuntu 11.04 to 11.10 and the system has hung at :

Installing new version of config file /etc/mysql/debian-start ...

It says there are about 4 minutes remaining.

Please direct me on what to do next. My knowledge of ubuntu at a technical level is sparse but I can work my way through instructions and command line stuff.

I'm not touching the process until I get some advice.


Is this an upgrade over SSH or just a standard desktop upgrade?

This seems to suggest that just stopping mysql might do the trick, and that makes sense to me so open up a terminal and fire in sudo stop mysql or sudo service mysql stop and see what happens. Obviously if this is a server, ssh in and run the above.

  • Sorry should have said it is a desktop upgrade. Tried what you suggested but nothing happened. Any way I rebooted the m/c and it booted fine and it is showing the current version as 11.10. I think it was sufficiently late in the upgrade process that all the main stuff had already happened. Unfortunately I have manged to clobber mysql which is what I'm trying to find a fix for now. Thanks for your input. Not sure how to mark this as 'case closed'. – Purvez Mar 27 '13 at 11:45
  • Since writing the above comment I'm having huge problems with starting mysql. Complains that the socket at /var/run/mysqld/mysqld.sock is not present. The question I have here is : Is there a way of restarting an interrupted upgrade? – Purvez Mar 27 '13 at 13:30
  • @Purvez Your packages list should be updated so a sudo apt-get dist-upgrade should get you to a relatively sensible place. – Oli Mar 27 '13 at 13:33
  • Thanks that is useful to know as I have other m/cs to upgrade as well. For the current one I removed and purged mysql and then re-installed and everything is working fine now. – Purvez Mar 28 '13 at 12:53

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