When I was upgrading from 14.10 to 15.04 my mysql somehow broke.

When I run

sudo dpkg --configure -a

After a long wait I get the following response

Setting up mysql-server-5.6 (5.6.24-0ubuntu2) ...
Job for mysql.service failed. See "systemctl status mysql.service" and                     "journalctl -xe" for details.
invoke-rc.d: initscript mysql, action "start" failed.
dpkg: error processing package mysql-server-5.6 (--configure):
subprocess installed post-installation script returned error exit status 1
dpkg: dependency problems prevent configuration of mysql-server:
mysql-server depends on mysql-server-5.6; however:
Package mysql-server-5.6 is not configured yet.

dpkg: error processing package mysql-server (--configure):
dependency problems - leaving unconfigured
Errors were encountered while processing:

can anyone tell me how to resolve this issue?

Many thanks.


Ok so after much help from @kos and google I have managed to get it sorted.

The steps that seemed to work were as follows.

sudo apt-get remove --purge mysql-server mysql-client mysql-common
sudo apt-get autoremove
sudo apt-get autoclean

Then I ran


And ticked the lamp option. For some reason this angle worked. Though I cannot tell you why.


One way would be to remove MySQL and re-install it:

sudo apt-get purge mysql
sudo apt-get install mysql

If you want you can backup everything first:

/usr/sbin/service mysql stop
cp -rf /var/lib/mysql/* "~/BACKUPS/MySQL/"
/usr/sbin/service mysql start
  • FYI, there is no suck package as mysql. What you meant is probably mysql-server. – Andrejs Cainikovs Jun 30 '15 at 9:53

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