[mythtv-users] My MySql hell :-)

Nick Morrott knowledgejunkie at gmail.com
Mon Mar 12 17:40:15 UTC 2007

On 12/03/07, Damian Surr <damian at gingermagic.co.uk> wrote:
>  Nick Morrott wrote:
>  On 12/03/07, Damian Surr <damian at gingermagic.co.uk> wrote:
>  Thanks Peter,
> I'll try that out later. I wondered myself if the 'apt-get remove
> --purge packagename' just removed the program and not the files, leaving
> me with the same problem. I was dubious about deleting mysql manually
> though in case other things were depending on it. Uninstalling
> mysql-server with the package manager went ok, but when I thought about
> getting rid of other mysql parts, the program told me that there were
> lots of dependencies (like amock etc) and it looked like it was going to
> remove all of those if i clicked continue, so I didn't :-)
>  MySQL stores its users/passwords/privilege information in the mysql
> database, located in /var/lib/mysql/mysql/. Removing this as Peter
> suggested should allow a fresh reinstall with back-to-default
> passwords.
> Nick
>  Thanks you two. Between you that's given me the best hope for success I've
> had in a while. I'll try it later. If it doesn't work, I my be asking
> questions about new hardware because I'm close to attacking it all with a
> sledge hammer!
>  I assume I use:
>  sudo rm /var/lib/mysql/mysql/
>  to delete that directory?

No - by default rm only removes files, not directories.

Assuming you have a backup of your mythconverg database, I would
remove the /var/lib/mysql directory and everything underneath it (be

# sudo rm -rf /var/lib/mysql/

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