When upgrading debian squeeze to wheezy, the upgrade of mysql to mysql-server-5.5 fails:

# apt-get dist-upgrade -u
Setting up mysql-server-5.5 (5.5.31+dfsg-0+wheezy1) ...
[ ok ] Stopping MySQL database server: mysqld.
[FAIL] Starting MySQL database server: mysqld . . . . . . . . . . . . . . failed!
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
Errors were encountered while processing:
E: Sub-process /usr/bin/dpkg returned an error code (1)

When I run /usr/bin/mysqld_safe --skip-syslog, the resulting log file has this message repeated:

130520 23:54:23  InnoDB: Error: trying to access tablespace 1 page no. 2,
InnoDB: but the tablespace does not exist or is just being dropped.

As far as I know, I don't have any InnoDB tables.

What do? I don't want to --purge mysql unless it's absolutely necessary.

3 Answers 3


It appears as if there were innoDB-related files (ibdata1, ib_logfile, etc) in my /var/lib/mysql/ directory. Per the suggestions in this mailing list post, I ran rm ib* and re-ran apt-get dist-upgrade. Everything appears to work.


I had debian backports in my /etc/apt/sources.list, and I just blindly replaced words squeeze with wheezy without checking what repos I'm using. When I did dist-upgrade, I ended up with similar results that you are seeing.

Remove backports repos, if you have any, and do an update/upgrade.


I ran into the same problem. The issue was with the source list of debian wheezy. The following steps solved my problem for mysql-server in debian wheezy.

  1. Go to http://debgen.simplylinux.ch/ to generate the source list.

2.Generate the source list.

  1. Copy and paste the generated list into your /etc/apt/sources.list file. (Make a backup first!)

4.After that, run #apt-get update

Hope it helps.

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