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and subject line Re: [debian-mysql] Bug#951059: Bug#951059: 
mariadb-server-10.3: lc_messages=fr_FR leads to upgrade crash with apt
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Package: mariadb-server-10.3
Version: 1:10.3.22-0+deb10u1
Severity: grave
Tags: l10n d-i
Justification: renders package unusable

Dear Maintainer,

when upgrading to latest stable release of mariadb-server, with apt-get upgrade,
the installation failed, the server does not start again, and I find on syslog:

mariadb-server-10.3.postinst[23690]: 2020-02-10 14:36:06 0 [ERROR] Aborting
mariadb-server-10.3.postinst[23690]: Installation of system tables failed!  
Examine the logs in
mariadb-server-10.3.postinst[23690]: /var/lib/mysql for more information.
mariadb-server-10.3.postinst[23690]: The problem could be conflicting 
information in an external
mariadb-server-10.3.postinst[23690]: my.cnf files. You can ignore these by 
mariadb-server-10.3.postinst[23690]:     shell> /usr/bin/mysql_install_db 
mariadb-server-10.3.postinst[23690]: You can also try to start the mysqld 
daemon with:
mariadb-server-10.3.postinst[23690]:     shell> /usr/sbin/mysqld 
--skip-grant-tables --general-log &
mariadb-server-10.3.postinst[23690]: and use the command line tool 
mariadb-server-10.3.postinst[23690]: to connect to the mysql database and look 
at the grant tables:
mariadb-server-10.3.postinst[23690]:     shell> /usr/bin/mysql -u root mysql
mariadb-server-10.3.postinst[23690]:     mysql> show tables;
mariadb-server-10.3.postinst[23690]: Try 'mysqld --help' if you have problems 
with paths.  Using
mariadb-server-10.3.postinst[23690]: --general-log gives you a log in 
/var/lib/mysql that may be helpful.
mariadb-server-10.3.postinst[23690]: The latest information about 
mysql_install_db is available at
mariadb-server-10.3.postinst[23690]: You can find the latest source at and
mariadb-server-10.3.postinst[23690]: the maria-discuss email list at
mariadb-server-10.3.postinst[23690]: Please check all of the above before 
submitting a bug report
mariadb-server-10.3.postinst[23690]: at
mysqld[23967]: 2020-02-10 14:36:07 0 [ERROR] Aborting
systemd[1]: mariadb.service: Main process exited, code=exited, status=1/FAILURE
systemd[1]: mariadb.service: Failed with result 'exit-code'.
systemd[1]: Failed to start MariaDB 10.3.22 database server.

No error written in /var/log/mysql/error.log
This is just that the upgrade script failed to complete.

It crashed my 3 servers with MariaDB on it.
After searching for a while (doing the 'apt-get upgrade' again and again, 
restoring my VMs snapshots each time),
I found that removing the following line in my config before doing the upgrade 
resolved the issue:
lc_messages = fr_FR

This is the only way I managed to fix the error.

I also tested the 'testing' version of the package, with the same error at the 

Best regards,

-- System Information:
Debian Release: 10.3
  APT prefers stable
  APT policy: (990, 'stable'), (500, 'stable-updates')
Architecture: amd64 (x86_64)

Kernel: Linux 4.19.0-8-amd64 (SMP w/3 CPU cores)
Locale: LANG=fr_FR.UTF-8, LC_CTYPE=fr_FR.UTF-8 (charmap=UTF-8), 
LANGUAGE=fr_FR.UTF-8 (charmap=UTF-8)
Shell: /bin/sh linked to /usr/bin/dash
Init: systemd (via /run/systemd/system)
LSM: AppArmor: enabled

Versions of packages mariadb-server-10.3 depends on:
ii  adduser                   3.118
ii  debconf [debconf-2.0]     1.5.71
ii  galera-3                  25.3.25-2
ii  gawk                      1:4.2.1+dfsg-1
ii  iproute2                  4.20.0-2
ii  libc6                     2.28-10
ii  libdbi-perl               1.642-1+b1
ii  libgnutls30               3.6.7-4+deb10u2
ii  libpam0g                  1.3.1-5
ii  libstdc++6                8.3.0-6
ii  lsb-base                  10.2019051400
ii  lsof                      4.91+dfsg-1
ii  mariadb-client-10.3       1:10.3.22-0+deb10u1
ii  mariadb-common            1:10.3.22-0+deb10u1
ii  mariadb-server-core-10.3  1:10.3.22-0+deb10u1
ii  passwd                    1:4.5-1.1
ii  perl                      5.28.1-6
ii  psmisc                    23.2-1
ii  rsync                     3.1.3-6
ii  socat           
ii  zlib1g                    1:1.2.11.dfsg-1

Versions of packages mariadb-server-10.3 recommends:
ii  libhtml-template-perl  2.97-1

Versions of packages mariadb-server-10.3 suggests:
ii  bsd-mailx [mailx]  8.1.2-0.20180807cvs-1
pn  mariadb-test       <none>
pn  netcat-openbsd     <none>
pn  tinyca             <none>

-- debconf information:
  mariadb-server-10.3/postrm_remove_databases: false

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Bug reported upstream:

Introduced in:

Fixed in 10.3.23.

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