How to install the MySQL 5.5 on Ubuntu 10.04?

apt-get install mysql-server is only allows to install


Unless you have some specific problems with your environment or installation procedure, it follows the normal pattern:


I used The following guide to install 5.5 on Ubuntu 10.04: http://www.ovaistariq.net/490/a-step-by-step-guide-to-upgrading-to-mysql-5-5/

Everything worked perfectly except one of the final steps, launching mysql:

mysqld --skip-grant-tables --user=mysql

Was giving me the following message and then shutting down:

[ERROR] Can't find messagefile '/usr/share/errmsg.sys'

After some googling I found the solution to be adding the following flag:


To launch it and have it actually work, I used the following command:

 mysqld --skip-grant-tables --user=mysql --lc-messages-dir="/usr/local/mysql/share/english/"

MySQL 5.5 has some great new features that solved a partitioning issue for me; partitioning via a varchar.

Good luck!

  • I was able to follow the instruction guide without any error. The only thing is at step "Start MySQL server without grants table." it looks like it hangs but it doesn't. Just open another terminal and continue the steps in that new terminal.
    – iDev247
    Feb 5 '13 at 20:06
add-apt-repository ppa:internetbroadcasting/mysql55onlucid
apt-get install mysql-server-5.5

Users with local apache+php5+mysql or similar combination with mysql in it would likely need to recompile mysql-dependent packages (php5-mysql), so it uses libmysqlclient18 provided by mysql-server-5.5.

Using libmysqlclient16-linked packages with mysql 5.5 installation might appear to be working initially, but would tend to crash randomly.

  • Don't forget to run sudo apt-get update
    – Hengjie
    Jun 14 '14 at 15:13
  • Due to dependencies, I needed to run: apt-get install mysql-server-5.5 mysql-server-core-5.5 mysql-client-5.5
    – jdhildeb
    Jul 10 '14 at 18:54

simple instructions for installation of MySQL 5.5 on Linux are documented here along with other libraries that are required.


  • Please summarize the steps here, rather than only plugging your own blog?
    – Arjan
    Dec 21 '10 at 15:58

I have written an article on how to install MySQL 5.5 on Ubuntu 10.10 using Ubuntu packages, I'm pretty sure it will work without any major issues on 10.04: http://geek.co.il/wp/2011/03/02/mysql-5-5-on-ubuntu-10-10

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