LAMP server installation stops at 79% configuring MySQL

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http://askubuntu.com – I have created an ubuntu 10.04 cloud server on the Amazon cloud (EC2) I am encountering a stalled LAMP install each time I try it. I've created about 5 fresh instances. Each time The installation gets stuck at 79% on the "configuring mysql-server-5.1" portion of the install. First I do an update (sudo apt-get update) then an upgrade (sudo apt-get upgrade) then try to install the lamp using tasksel. I've done this before on a rackspace cloud server and it works fine. Every single attempt fails on EC2 instances. I will contact Amazon but I am also asking here in case it is an ubuntu sp (HowTos)