Old 31st May 2009, 20:17
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I installed mysql on my ubuntu jaunty server using:

sudo apt-get install mysql-server mysql-client libmysqlclient15-dev
i also installed some other stuff later on. When I was done configuring my server, I tried to connect, but was unable to. I started getting errors about how 'root'@'localhost' (or anyone for that matter) was able to log in.

I reinstalled and the same thing happened again. I searched online for several solutions and they suggested that I remove /etc/mysql then do:

sudo apt-get --purge remove mysql-server mysql-client libmysqlclient15-dev
and then install again. I tried starting the service, but it failed saying that it couldn't load /etc/mysql/my.cnf. I did a directory listing of /etc/mysql and only found 2 files in it. debian.cnf and debian-start. Now I am so confused.

If possible, can you tell me how to properly fix this and get mysql working on my ubuntu jaunty server?

Thanks, Kevin.
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Old 1st June 2009, 14:30
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Did you accidentally delete any files in /etc/mysql/? Did you see any errors during the MySQL installation? Is there enough free disk space?
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Old 13th June 2009, 02:47
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I had what looks like the same issue as you, under Ubuntu Jaunty (9.04).

I finally ended up copying over the /etc/mysql directory from a different server.
Here's what the (working) contents looked like after the copy:

# ls -l /etc/mysql
total 16
drwxr-xr-x 2 root root 4096 2009-06-12 17:23 conf.d
-rw------- 1 root root 312 2009-06-12 17:23 debian.cnf
-rwxr-xr-x 1 root root 1198 2009-05-14 05:39 debian-start
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root 4088 2009-03-30 15:18 my.cnf

/etc/mysql# ls -l conf.d/
total 0

So, the copy provided the conf.d directory and the my.cnf file that the re-install failed to (re)create.
Here's the active info from my.cnf (after being filtered through " egrep -v '^$|^#' my.cnf " to remove empty lines and comment lines) :
-----my.cnf start------
port = 3306
socket = /var/run/mysqld/mysqld.sock
socket = /var/run/mysqld/mysqld.sock
nice = 0
user = mysql
pid-file = /var/run/mysqld/mysqld.pid
socket = /var/run/mysqld/mysqld.sock
port = 3306
basedir = /usr
datadir = /var/lib/mysql
tmpdir = /tmp
bind-address =
key_buffer = 16M
max_allowed_packet = 16M
thread_stack = 128K
thread_cache_size = 8
myisam-recover = BACKUP
query_cache_limit = 1M
query_cache_size = 16M
expire_logs_days = 10
max_binlog_size = 100M
max_allowed_packet = 16M
key_buffer = 16M
!includedir /etc/mysql/conf.d/

-----my.cnf end------
Recreating that file may help you get mysql back running, as it appears to have been essential for me.

I'm going to put up a copy of the complete, default /etc/mysql/my.cnf on a page documenting this fix, just in case I or someone else needs it or finds it convenient. (The comments in the default my.cnf are very useful.)
That will be at http://handsomeplanet.com.
I can post an exact link when I'm done if anyone is interested. Thanks.
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