MySQL error 2002 / Database error: connection failed!

  • Posted on November 22, 2014
  • nerdynickAsked by Nick

I host a roundcube installation as well as YOURLS, which both make use of MySQL databases. Everything worked very fine, up until yesterday evening; MySQL decided it was time to make a mess of things and refused to work! Since I host two of my websites on the same VPS, using the same MySQL installation, they both stopped working at once.

The errors I get on my websites are as follows:

Roundcube website: DATABASE ERROR: CONNECTION FAILED! Unable to connect to database.

YOURLS website: SQLSTATE[HY000] [2002] Can't connect to local MySQL server through socket '/var/run/mysqld/mysqld.sock' (111)

The YOURLS error gave more insight into my problem, so I googled MySQL socket error and got a few interesting suggestions. On Stack Overflow, they suggested to chmod 777 the mysql socket, add socket=/var/lib/mysql/mysql.sock to my.cnf, but none of this helps. However, one peculiarity I found is that MySQL starts working again after I restart it. Hmm, very strange. I’ll try and reinstall it, after all, and see what comes of it.

Please help, if you know how to solve this problem. Thank you!

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It looks like MySQL crashed. That usually happens when your droplet runs our of memory.

Try adding a swap file to your droplet: How To Add Swap on Ubuntu 14.04 | DigitalOcean.

I have the same problem in one of my droplet. I did a full update of the packages in my system. the mysql is up and running now.

sudo apt-get upgrade

This happend to 2 of my droplets too (yesterday evening)! How to fix it? I don’t think that adding a swap file will help.