After freshly installing Ubuntu server 12.04, I did the usual
apt-get update /
apt-get upgrade, which failed for
Setting up mysql-server-5.5 (5.5.31-0ubuntu0.12.04.2) ... start: Job failed to start invoke-rc.d: initscript mysql, action "start" failed. dpkg: error processing mysql-server-5.5 (--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-5.5; however: Package mysql-server-5.5 is not configured yet. dpkg: error processing mysql-server (--configure): dependency problems - leaving unconfigured
I tried a wide variety a approaches suggested by googling, which involved various combinations of
reinstall, etc., with no luck. I also tried downloading the package directly from launchpad.net and running
dpkg -i on it (this had worked for a similar issue with a kernel upgrade), but to no avail.
I'm not actually particularly interested in what's going on with mysql, per se (though I will need to figure it out at some time); at this point, my primary concern is that I am unable to
apt-get install other packages!
What to do?