Careful! We can't provide support for database upgrades or for any errors, downtime, or vulnerabilities you introduce through the upgrade.
Unless you're absolutely sure about what you're doing, you should stop now!
Only servers running Ubuntu 14.04 can upgrade from MySQL 5.5 to MySQL 5.6.
If your server is using Ubuntu 12.04, do not attempt this upgrade.
You can check your server's Ubuntu version with the command:
First, log in to your server as the root user.
Then, run the following command to make a backup of your server's databases:
sudo -i mysqldump --lock-all-tables --all-databases --events --ignore-table=mysql.event > dump.sql
Now, perform the upgrade by running the following commands one-by-one:
sudo ln -s /etc/apparmor.d/usr.sbin.mysqld /etc/apparmor.d/disable sudo invoke-rc.d apparmor restart sudo replace log_slow_queries slow_query_log_file -- /etc/mysql/conf.d/mysqld_slow_log.cnf sudo bash -c 'echo "slow_query_log = 1" >> /etc/mysql/conf.d/mysqld_slow_log.cnf' sudo apt-get purge --assume-yes mysql-server mysql-server-5.5 mysql-server-core-5.5 mysql-client mysql-client-5.5 mysql-client-core-5.5 sudo apt-get update export DEBIAN_FRONTEND=noninteractive sudo -E apt-get install --assume-yes mysql-server-5.6 mysql-client-5.6
If all of the commands completed successfully, the upgrade is complete and MySQL 5.6 is running on your server. If there were any problems, you should restore your server to a working snapshot you made before attempting the upgrade.