When I am trying to uninstall mysql its giving fallowing ERROR

$ apt-get remove --purge mysql*.*
 Reading package lists... Done
 Building dependency tree
        Reading state information... Done
 E: The package mysql-server-5.6 needs to be reinstalled, but I can't find an archive for it

How to reinstalled or uninstall mysql-server-5.6


  • Which version of Ubuntu are you running? – fkraiem May 23 '16 at 8:04
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    To uninstall Mysql Server use sudo apt-get remove mysql-server – t9toqwerty May 23 '16 at 8:10
  • @ThorOdinson you can move this to an answer, to it can get accepted if it was helpful. – Videonauth May 23 '16 at 9:23

Remove MySql completely:

1.Stop the MySql Database Server

sudo service mysql stop


sudo service mysqld stop

2.Kill all the MySql related processes

sudo killall -9 mysql
sudo killall -9 mysqld

3.Remove the MySql files and related dependencies

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

4. Delete Database User

sudo deluser mysql

5.At last , delete all MySql related directories

sudo rm -rf /var/log/mysql*
sudo rm -rf /var/lib/mysql*
sudo rm -rf /etc/mysql*

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