How To Configure Mysql Server

#I have just installed Mysql server on Ubuntu 22.04 but everytime I try to start it I am experiencing errors:

-When I try to launch it using “sudo mysql” in the terminal I get the following error:

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

-Using “sudo service mysql start” in the terminal I get:

Job for mysql.service failed because the control process exited with error code. See “systemctl status mysql.service” and “journalctl -xeu mysql.service” for details.

-When I run “systemctl status mysql service” I get the following output:

Unit service.service could not be found. × mysql.service - MySQL Community Server Loaded: loaded (/lib/systemd/system/mysql.service; disabled; preset: enabled) Active: failed (Result: exit-code) since Thu 2023-01-12 11:41:02 UTC; 22s ago Process: 32000 ExecStartPre=/usr/share/mysql/mysql-systemd-start pre (code=exited, status=1/FAILURE) CPU: 5ms

Jan 12 11:41:02 appdev systemd[1]: mysql.service: Scheduled restart job, restart counter is at 5. Jan 12 11:41:02 appdev systemd[1]: Stopped MySQL Community Server. Jan 12 11:41:02 appdev systemd[1]: mysql.service: Start request repeated too quickly. Jan 12 11:41:02 appdev systemd[1]: mysql.service: Failed with result ‘exit-code’. Jan 12 11:41:02 appdev systemd[1]: Failed to start MySQL Community Server.

#SO how can I solve this problem? Please help

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Bobby Iliev
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January 12, 2023

Hi there,

I’ve just tried this on a fresh new Ubuntu 22.04 Droplet and I installed MySQL with the following command:

sudo apt update -y
apt install mysql-server mysql-client

And then I was able to access MySQL with the following command:

mysql -h localhost

In your case, I would recommend checking the MySQL error log so that you could see what might be causing the problem. You can check the log with the following command:

tail -100 /var/log/mysql/error.log

Let me know how it goes!



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January 13, 2023

Hello @chiefagibu

Just to add something to what have already been mentioned. We have a tutorial on accessing MySQL error logs and troubleshooting MySQL errors which you can check here:


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