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I have done the following:

shell> sudo apt-get install mysql-server-core-5.1
shell> sudo apt-get install mysql-client-core-5.1

Both seemed to complete fine with no errors. I have the following present:

/usr/sbin/mysqld

However if I try to run this, I get the following error:

mysqld: Can't change dir to '/var/lib/mysql/' (Errcode: 2)

for the simple reason that in fact this directory does not exist. Now the correct way to start the daemon is apparently:

/etc/init.d/mysql start

however this script does not seem to exist either. So has my install totally messed up, or is there a step I am missing?

Thanks

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Try installing the packages mysql-client and mysql-server instead.

sudo apt-get install mysql-client mysql-server
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yes, all you need to do is mysql-server and everything is set up. thanks – Richard100 Aug 7 '10 at 16:19

Put sudo before running /usr/sbin/mysqld command.

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