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Uninstall MySQL 5 From Debian

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I completely. completely messed up MySQL. Badly. I wiped out the data directory (/var/lib/mysql in Debian) and the went to remove mysql …

apt-get remove --purge mysql-server

That only deleted something like 86K. dissapointing. It looks like “mysql-server” is a shortcut pointing to the latest version of the software. The real software is foundĀ  under the name “mysql-server-50”. So what made it happen was:

apt-get remove --purge mysql-server*

That’ll wipe out whatever mysql install is in place.