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After running the command mysql -v in Ubuntu Operating System, I am getting the below error:

ERROR 2002 (HY000): Can't connect to local MySQL server through socket '/var/run/mysqld/mysqld.sock' (2)

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I think that this is because you were using the client software and not the server.

  • mysql is client
  • mysqld is the server

Try: sudo service mysqld start

To check that service is running use: ps -ef | grep mysql | grep -v grep.


sudo apt-get purge mysql-server

sudo apt-get autoremove

sudo apt-get autoclean


sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install mysql-server

Backup entire folder before doing this:

 sudo rm /etc/apt/apt.conf.d/50unattended-upgrades*

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get upgrade

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