I am trying to install mariadb but install exits as fail as Mysql is running and it cannot stop.

MySql is not installed but there is a process running which I cannot kill

root@sonic-ubuntu ~ # ps aux | grep mysql
root      8639  0.0  0.0   9496  2244 pts/0    S+   08:55   0:00 grep --color=auto mysql

When i try to kill it respawns with a different PID I have tried to identify what is starting the process using ptree but it isn't showing up.

Running Ubuntu 15.10

Any help appreciated.

Okay if i try and install mariadb i get the following

Preparing to unpack .../mariadb-server-10.1_10.1.12+maria-1~wily_amd64.deb ...
Failed to stop mysql.service: Unit mysql.service not loaded.
invoke-rc.d: initscript mysql, action "stop" failed.
invoke-rc.d returned 5
There is a MySQL server running, but we failed in our attempts to stop it.
Stop it yourself and try again!
dpkg: error processing archive /var/cache/apt/archives/mariadb-server-10.1_10.1.12+maria-1~wily_amd64.deb (--unpack):
 subprocess new pre-installation script returned error exit status 1
Selecting previously unselected package mariadb-server.
Preparing to unpack .../mariadb-server_10.1.12+maria-1~wily_all.deb ...
Unpacking mariadb-server (10.1.12+maria-1~wily) ...
Errors were encountered while processing:
E: Sub-process /usr/bin/dpkg returned an error code (1)

Which suggests mysql is running

yes but i cant find or stop it!


The output of ps aux | grep ... will naturally contain the grep process itself:

root 8639 0.0 0.0 9496 2244 pts/0 S+ 08:55 0:00 grep --color=auto mysql

There seems to be no instance of MySQL running on the system in question.

  • okay...when i try to install mariadb i get the following – Alan Hipson Mar 2 '16 at 10:30

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