I have Ubuntu 12.04 installed, I need to install mysql 5.1 in that. Following steps I performed:

  1. Other things to be installed:
    Run this command to install alien and other necessary packages if not installed:
    sudo apt-get install alien dpkg-dev debhelper build-essential

  2. MySql installation:
    If you have already MySql installed (higher version than 5.1) then uninstall. Extract "MySQL-5.1.73-1.glibc23.i386.rpm-bundle.tar" in same dir. And, Navigate to "MySQL-5.1.73-1.glibc23.i386.rpm-bundle"

    • Issue following command to convert Mysql-server rpm to deb: sudo alien MySQL-server-5.1.73-1.glibc23.i386.rpm

    • Issue following command to convert Mysql-client rpm to deb: sudo alien MySQL-client-5.1.73-1.glibc23.i386.rpm

    • Issue following command to install Mysql-server: sudo dpkg -i mysql-server_5.1.73-2_i386.deb

    • Issue following command to install Mysql-client: sudo dpkg -i mysql-client_5.1.73-2_i386.deb

After the installation I'm getting the following error:

mysql ERROR 2002 (HY000): Can't connect to local MySQL server through socket '/var/lib/mysql/mysql.sock' (2)

After installation mysql.sock file is missing also my.cnf file is also missing.

I had refered the site http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/ubuntu/install-an-rpm-package-on-ubuntu-linux/ for RPM package installation in ubuntu

I need to install a software that is compatable with Mysql 5.1, I had tried to install with MySQl 5.5 i got the following error com.mysql.jdbc.exceptions.MySQLSyntaxErrorException: You have an error in your SQL syntax; check the manual that corresponds to your MySQL server version for the right syntax to use near 'TYPE=InnoDB' at line 1

Is there any other way that I can install MySQl 5.1 in Ubuntu 12.04?

  • What software is requiring that you install an old version of mysql? Perhaps adding a link (by editing your question) to where you found these instructions would also be helpful.
    – douggro
    Feb 7, 2014 at 14:25
  • @ douggro : Is there any other approach for installing MySQL 5.1 in ubuntu 12.04 ?
    – Rosh
    Feb 10, 2014 at 10:55
  • For 5.1, no - it's no longer maintained in the repositories. You'd have to install from an old .deb or .rpm file like you attempted, or compile from the source code.
    – douggro
    Feb 10, 2014 at 15:42

2 Answers 2


Since MySQL 5.1.X is only available in the repositories for 10.04 (Not 12.04), I started searching for others with the same issue. Found a script in github (Thanks kamermans)

Which shows the following:


set -e

cd ~/
wget http://downloads.mysql.com/archives/mysql-5.1/mysql-5.1.65.tar.gz
tar -zxf mysql-5.1.65.tar.gz
cd mysql-5.1.65
./configure  '--prefix=/usr' '--exec-prefix=/usr' '--libexecdir=/usr/sbin' '--datadir=/usr/share' '--localstatedir=/var/lib/mysql' '--includedir=/usr/include' '--infodir=/usr/share/info' '--mandir=/usr/share/man' '--with-system-type=debian-linux-gnu' '--enable-shared' '--enable-static' '--enable-thread-safe-client' '--enable-assembler' '--enable-local-infile' '--with-fast-mutexes' '--with-big-tables' '--with-unix-socket-path=/var/run/mysqld/mysqld.sock' '--with-mysqld-user=mysql' '--with-libwrap' '--without-readline' '--with-ssl' '--without-docs' '--with-extra-charsets=all' '--with-plugins=max' '--with-embedded-server' '--with-embedded-privilege-control'
sudo make install

Tested the script and it works. It still downloads the 5.1.65 version and configure/makes it. you can also change that to the last 5.1.x version which is 5.1.72 and still works.

I also recommend reading "Can't connect to local MySQL server through" socket error to solve some issues regarding socket problems.


First you have to start the MySQL server.

service mysqld start 

For Ubuntu:

service mysql start

Type that in your terminal and then type as

mysql -u root -p
  • mysqld: unrecognized service That what I got now. Sadly, after all the efforts.
    – I159
    Apr 10, 2014 at 13:59
  • @I159 try with service mysql restart , actually for distros like redhat my above command works. Thanks for notyifing
    – Raja G
    Apr 10, 2014 at 14:28

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