I am getting error installing mysql on ubuntu desktop 14.04 ( 64-bit)

I used following command

sudo apt-get install mysql-server

It asked me for password (and verification) and ended on following errors

Setting up mysql-server-5.5 (5.5.38-0ubuntu0.14.04.1) ...
initctl: Unknown job: mysql

Any suggestions would be helpful

  • I like this question rather than the proposed dupe. The question is clear, as is the solution, which is accepted. – bcbc May 5 '15 at 2:52

Try this:

sudo apt-get purge mysql-server
sudo apt-get purge mysql-common
sudo rm -rf /var/log/mysql
sudo rm -rf /var/log/mysql.*
sudo rm -rf /var/lib/mysql
sudo rm -rf /etc/mysql
sudo apt-get install mysql-server --fix-missing --fix-broken

Credits to thefourtheye

  • 2
    This did not work for me. I'm on Ubuntu Trusty using Crouton. – swt83 Jun 24 '15 at 18:34
  • Just a note for any future people with the same problem: I tried installing it as root, but wouldn't succeed. But as a normal user and sudo install all the packages, it worked. Maybe this will help anybody in the future... – Mathlight Sep 27 '16 at 17:03

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