Running sudo dpkg --configure -a returns >. Now what?

After a failed install of mysql I attempted to run another sudo apt-get. Ubuntu returns:

dpkg package was interrupted, you must manually run sudo dpkg --configure -a to correct the problem.

When I run sudo dpkg --configure -a It returns a single > on the next line. Now what am I supposed to do?

Thanks in advance for your help.
Robert FrancisDirector of Continuous ImprovementAsked:
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Maybe try this:

sudo dpkg-reconfigure -a

Otherwise, try removing the mysql package and run apt-get install again

apt-get remove mysql
apt-get clean
apt-get install

If that's not working, try the following:
sudo dpkg deinstall mysql

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Zerox HoopLinux AdminCommented:
Some simple install mysql you need to run below command.
First update the repository.
# apt-get update
and choose Lamp server.Once it done restart mysql service and connect mysql.

If you face any issue.Please write down here.
Robert FrancisDirector of Continuous ImprovementAuthor Commented:
When I tried this: sudo dpkg-reconfigure -a
This was returned: libc-bin is broken or not fully installed

When I tried this: apt-get update
This was returned:
E: Could not open lock file /var/lib/apt/lists/lock - open (13: Permission denied)
E: Unable to lock directory /var/lib/apt/lists/
E: Could not open lock file /var/lib/dpkg/lock - open (13: Permission denied)
E: Unable to lock administrative directory (/var/lib/dpkg/), are you root?
It seems that an apt-get process is either still running or failed during the update and kept the lock file.

You should first run

ps -ef | grep apt
ps -ef |grep dpkg

to make sure that it's not still running.  If it is, then you may have to kill the process id(s).  Killing the process should remove the lock file if it's running.  If it's not running, then remove the lock files, because the processes crashed and left them behind.

rm /var/lib/apt/lists/lock /var/lib/dpkg/lock

Then run

apt-get clean all

Once you've cleared it out, then fix any updates.
apt-get update
apt-get upgrade
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