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I have installed MySQL 5.5.31 in Opensolaris. When I tried starting the MySQL server, it says bash: mysql: command not found So, I decided to uninstall the whole lot and try doing again. But I could not find any spporting documents online to do so, because either they refer to .rpm file unistallation pkgrm. I used .tar extension and pkgrm is not supported in my machine.

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There is no reason to "uninstall" and try again. You either extracted the files to your server, or you didn't, and if you did, then all you're doing with this approach is wasting time, because the result will be the same... Most likely you just need to set your $PATH correctly so that bash can find the mysql binaries, or fully-qualify the or use the full path to the executable. –  Michael - sqlbot Dec 30 '13 at 21:49
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check mysql service use following commands,

ps -ef | grep mysql

if mysql process is running then first stop mysql process.

kill -9 mysql_pid

or

/etc/init.d/mysql stop

remove mysql base and data dir. by default it's location is /usr/local/mysql use following command

rm -r mysql

start with fresh installtion: ref this link for mysql binary installation.

http://dev.mysql.com/doc/refman/5.0/en/binary-installation.html

or

https://coderwall.com/p/e23_ca

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