I'm trying to remove mysql-workbench. But every time when I try to remove something related with mysql, I get this error.

Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree       
Reading state information... Done
The following packages will be REMOVED:
0 upgraded, 0 newly installed, 1 to remove and 9 not upgraded.
1 not fully installed or removed.
After this operation, 52,5 MB disk space will be freed.
Do you want to continue? [Y/n] Y
(Reading database ... 309141 files and directories currently installed.)
Removing mysql-server-5.6 (5.6.24-0ubuntu2) ...
/var/lib/dpkg/info/mysql-server-5.6.postrm: line 53: /usr/share/mysql-common/configure-symlinks: No such file or directory
dpkg: error processing package mysql-server-5.6 (--remove):
subprocess installed post-removal script returned error exit status 1
Errors were encountered while processing:
E: Sub-process /usr/bin/dpkg returned an error code (1)

Help, please!

  • I already tryied something like this, but didn't work. Jul 2, 2015 at 16:53

1 Answer 1


This is a known bug:


Open post installation script on /var/lib/dpkg/info/mysql-server-5.6.postinst and comment out line 95:

### /usr/share/mysql-common/configure-symlinks install mysql "$mysql_cfgdir/mysql.cnf"

Retry installation.

  • After commenting out this line, I receive additional errors when attempting to reinstall. 2017-12-13T00:27:37.441194Z 0 [ERROR] You have enabled the binary log, but you haven't provided the mandatory server-id. Please refer to the proper server start-up parameters documentation
    – Alkarin
    Dec 13, 2017 at 0:28

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