Why is MySQL installation failing on my freshly-created droplet?

I have been following the steps in these tutorials:

I am at step 2 of the MySQL setup, where I am instructed to run sudo mysql_secure_installation. Unfortunately, I encounter the following error:

Process: 12721 ExecStartPre=/usr/share/mysql/mysql-systemd-start pre (code=exi ted, status=1/FAILURE)

This is my first time deploying a Rails application and I don’t have much idea how to interpret/solve technical problems like this. I just want to deploy my app. Can anyone help?

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Hi @rjayhutchinson

Can you show the last 40 lines from the MySQL error log?

tail -40 /var/log/mysql/error.log

It might be crashing because of low RAM - how much do you have in your droplet?