Root Apt Upgrade “Permission denied” on Digital Ocean

root@shwesingroup20180830-s-1vcpu-2gb-sgp1-01:~# whoami

But when I run, sudo apt install

dpkg: error processing package mysql-server-5.7 (--remove):
 cannot remove '/usr/bin/mysqld_safe': Permission denied
Removing mysql-client-5.7 (5.7.33-0ubuntu0.16.04.1) ...
dpkg: error processing package mysql-client-5.7 (--remove):
 cannot remove '/usr/bin/mysqlrepair': Permission denied
Removing mysql-client-core-5.7 (5.7.33-0ubuntu0.16.04.1) ...
dpkg: error processing package mysql-client-core-5.7 (--remove):
 cannot remove '/usr/bin/mysql': Permission denied
Removing mysql-server-core-5.7 (5.7.33-0ubuntu0.16.04.1) ...
dpkg: error processing package mysql-server-core-5.7 (--remove):
 cannot remove '/usr/bin/innochecksum': Permission denied
No apport report written because MaxReports is reached already

This happened after resetting root password on digital ocean dashboard.


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Hi @mse6e1d351ffb98bc38673af9e,

Does this error appear when your run

apt upgrade


apt install

It makes a difference to know.

If you are running apt install, what are you trying to install exactly?

When you run apt upgrade are those the only lines of failing, I would assume it’s related to some dependencies.

Regards, KFSys