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From:Colin McKinnon Date:April 1 1999 3:42pm
Subject:Re: Is there a MySQL for Dummies Book?
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At 17:15 30/03/99 -0600, you wrote:
>I believe that I have successfully installed MySQL -- Monty, thank you
>very much for your help.  
>However, after I have started MySQL with the safe_msqld & command I get
>the following message:
>mysqladmin:connect to server at 'localhost' failed
>error:Can't connect to local MySQL server(2)'
>Check that mysqld is running and that the
>socket:'var/lib/mysql/mysql.sock' exists!
>Does anyone have any idea what this means and how I can correct it?
>Sorry, to bother everyone with what is probably a simple problem -- I'm
>just trying to get on board with MySQL, because I hate Windows and I am
>concerned about the long term implications of staying in DOS. 
>Any help would be appreciated.
>> rpm --erase --force mysql
Reading between the lines, I'm guessing you're a UNIX newbie - if not, and
this is all very obvious then apologies for wasting your bandwidth....

Having installed it are you sure it's running? (on linux try: ps aux | grep

If it is, then check the socket is there for local connections (on most
UNIX systems: ls -l /var/lib/mysql/mysql.sock

If you've installed from the rpm then I don't think you need to run the
install script (which creates the initial security tables - needed before
any login). You should also have a small program which generates some
diagnostic info which is very useful when posting queries (can't remember
what it's called / where it is - and I don't have a server on this site).



Is there a MySQL for Dummies Book?Richard Reina30 Mar
  • Re: Is there a MySQL for Dummies Book?Richard Reina31 Mar
    • Re: Is there a MySQL for Dummies Book?Colin McKinnon1 Apr
  • Re: Is there a MySQL for Dummies Book?Richard Reina2 Apr