Sorry. I was the one that brought Debian into the conversation.
I am at redwood virtual hosting. They offer all 3 Debian releases. My control panel report that I have the stable (etch) version. Webmin says I have lenney.
Apt-get is going to testing. At a loss as to how that happened. Setting back to etch I now can get MySQL running where I could not before.
Just sent a message to redwood support to see why this is so. And to get their recommendations on how to rectify the situation.
The install may be totally screwed up as a result of this. If etch was installed and the apt-sources set to testing things would be out of sink.