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I'm trying to update my ubuntu desktop. When it tries to update mysql-server-5.1, it freezes up saying preparing to update mysql-server-5.1.

It won't let me do any other updates, because it says that things are broken, and tells me to reinstall this.

I don't use mysql-server, so i would be happy to just remove the whole thing. But it won't let me do a remove.

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I faced a similar issue since this morning; suddenly my mysql-server-5.1 started giving problems and I couldn't remove it or install it again.

I was finally able to remove MySQL and all associated packages via synaptic after a few tries. I'm not sure what exactly made it work, but I'm now reinstalling LAMP smoothly.

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I'm glad you were able to get it working. I finally did a complete reinstall: that did the trick. I'm glad I have my /home as it's own partition. – David Oneill Jun 2 '10 at 4:35
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Complete wipe and reinstall.

Sadly, this is the only answer I could find in the timeframe I had to deal with.

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