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raphael75 11-02-2012 10:45 AM

trying to upgrade mysql from 5.1 to 5.5 on debian
Our web server has Debian, and mysql 5.1. I wanted to upgrade it to 5.5, so I downloaded the mysql-5.5.28-debian6.0-i686.deb file. I backed up the 5.1 installation and uninstalled it with:


apt-get remove mysql-server-5.1
I used:

dpkg -i mysql-5.5.28-debian6.0-i686.deb
to install the new version, and all the files are there in


However, I can't figure out what to do to get it to run and for the webserver to be able to use it. What are the next steps?

Please help, thanks!

mmheera 11-02-2012 01:23 PM

Here is a tutorial that might help:

A step by step guide to upgrading to MySQL 5.5

snowpine 11-02-2012 01:59 PM

Alternately you could upgrade to Debian Wheezy, which includes MySQL 5.5 and is only a couple of months away from achieving the "Stable" designation as Squeeze's lifecycle begins to wind down.

raphael75 11-05-2012 12:15 PM

I was able to get 5.5.28 installed. Another guy copied the instructions that Ovais Tariq created on your link and added a few key things that helped me be able to get it to work:

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