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Old 31st May 2013, 07:05
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Default Updated my Debian, MySQL failed to restart

after many months of smooth operation, I went to update Debian to the final stable version of 6.

I ran aptitude, selected update, looked to see if there were any obvious package problems, none turned up.

during upgrade, mysql failed to restart. I have attempted to get mysql re-instealled but dpkg is failing with a dependency error

Here's the output of my recent apt-get attempt:

/install_ispconfig# apt-get install mysql-server mysql-client libmysqlclient-dev
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree       
Reading state information... Done
mysql-client is already the newest version.
mysql-server is already the newest version.
The following package was automatically installed and is no longer required:
Use 'apt-get autoremove' to remove them.
The following packages will be REMOVED:
The following NEW packages will be installed:
0 upgraded, 1 newly installed, 1 to remove and 0 not upgraded.
2 not fully installed or removed.
Need to get 3,113 kB of archives.
After this operation, 12.4 MB disk space will be freed.
Do you want to continue [Y/n]? Y
Get:1 stable/main libmysqlclient-dev i386 5.1.49-3 [3,113 kB]
Fetched 3,113 kB in 2s (1,207 kB/s)             
(Reading database ... 49083 files and directories currently installed.)
Removing libmysqlclient15-dev ...
Processing triggers for man-db ...
Selecting previously deselected package libmysqlclient-dev.
(Reading database ... 48994 files and directories currently installed.)
Unpacking libmysqlclient-dev (from .../libmysqlclient-dev_5.1.49-3_i386.deb) ...
Processing triggers for man-db ...
Setting up mysql-server-5.1 (5.1.49-3) ...
Stopping MySQL database server: mysqld.
Starting MySQL database server: mysqld . . . . . . . . . . . . . . failed!
invoke-rc.d: initscript mysql, action "start" failed.
dpkg: error processing mysql-server-5.1 (--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-5.1; however:
  Package mysql-server-5.1 is not configured yet.
dpkg: error processing mysql-server (--configure):
 dependency problems - leaving unconfigured
Setting up libmysqlclient-dev (5.1.49-3) ...
configured to not write apport reports
                                      configured to not write apport reports
                                                                            Errors were encountered while processing:
E: Sub-process /usr/bin/dpkg returned an error code (1)
As you can see it appears to be stopping mysql, then restarting before configuring, therefore it fails.

is apt-get purge the recommended fix?
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