mysql does not exist anymore but when i run yum remove mysql it says that the package is available but not marked for installation, i cannot install new mysql because of that, I need to completely delete everything related to it before installing new one, i do not have tables created so don't need to backup anything i tried to use the yum plugin yum-remove-with-leaves didn't work and didn't find any guide to install it properly, anyway i read on forums that it's buggy and should not be installed so I'm searching for other ways to remove mysql completely

and can i do it using sftp?


the output of rpm -qa | grep mysql is



I tried

yum remove mysql
yum remove mysql-server
yum clean all

and it doesn't seem to fix it.

When I run yum install mysql mysql-server or yum install mysql or yum install install mysql-server i would get this

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  • What is the output of rpm -qa | grep mysql?
    – quanta
    Sep 5, 2011 at 2:20
  • @quanta please read my edit
    – user
    Sep 5, 2011 at 8:29
  • What happens when you execute yum install mysql-server?
    – quanta
    Sep 5, 2011 at 8:32
  • @quanta please read my edit sir
    – user
    Sep 5, 2011 at 10:12

7 Answers 7


yum remove mysql55-libs and try again.

Besides, I saw you used a lot of repos: atomic, dag, epel, rpmforge, livna, ..., it may be the cause of conflicting. In my opinion, atomic and (rpmforge or epel) are enough.

  • 1
    ok how to remove the repos that i don't need, 'yum remove dog' or is there another way?
    – user
    Sep 5, 2011 at 10:39
  • 1
    Open the /etc/yum.repos.d/*.repo file and change enabled=1 to enabled=0.
    – quanta
    Sep 5, 2011 at 10:45
  • didn't work, i got a new vps and it's working now, i guess there was something wrong with the server, thanks for your time sir
    – user
    Sep 6, 2011 at 21:04
  1. Execute the following command :

    # rpm -qa | grep mysql

    It will list all installed mysql packages on your system. Eg: mysql-libs-5.1.73-3.el6_5.x86_64

  2. now execute the command:

    # yum remove <name displayed in above step-1>

    Eg: yum remove mysql-libs-5.1.73-3.el6_5.x86_64


Try this:

    yum clean all
    yum install mysql
  • 1
    that doesn't seem to fix it
    – user
    Sep 5, 2011 at 10:12

you may have somehow installed mariadb when you thought it was installing mysql.

[root@localhost data_decrypt]# rpm -qa | grep maria
  • I erase above rpms with yum remove and run yum install mysql-devel again. And it works! Thank you.
    – MKatleast3
    Jul 4, 2018 at 4:43

this works like a charm on centos 7 if you are inside an air-gapped (offline) server and were installed mysql using rpm bundle

service mysqld stop
rpm -qa | grep mysql | xargs -I % sh -c 'yum remove -y %'
yum remove mysql*

find / -name mysql

rm -rf (all folders listed in find)
rm -rf `find / -name mysql*`

This will find any files with mysql and remove them. Once that is done, you should be able to re-install mysql-server.

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