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Old 11-29-2004, 11:04 PM   #1
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Problems with MySQL in Slack 10

I've been searching around the forums for help with my problem but all of the solutions I've found haven't been of any use to me. I know that Slackware comes with a default installation of MySQL but I downloaded the binary and installed a newer version. My problem is when I go try to start mysql I get the error

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

I've looked around the forums and most people seem to say that usually means that the privileges aren't right on the data and the /var/run/mysql/mysql.sock files. But I've tried the chmod on those and it still doesnt' work. Also when I went into the /var/run directory there was nothing there.

Another question I have is that in my /usr/local/mysql if I try a cd mysql I get this error, which I have no idea how to fix.

bash: cd: mysql: Too many levels of symbolic links

I assume that I somehow managed to make too many links to it, but how can I fix that?

Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Old 11-29-2004, 11:10 PM   #2
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Well first of all, remove the old installation.

cd /var/log/packages

removepkg mysql-<your-version-number>

And secondly, download the updated Slackware packages which work best on a Slackware system and compiled for it, the binaries from mysql never seem to work all so well with Slackware.

A good place to get Slackware updated packages is at or
Old 12-31-2004, 08:13 AM   #3
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this site is simply amazing. i have not been on in a few months and came across a problem recently where i really needed help. you guessed it, with slackware and mysql... no sooner do i type in the words "mysql slackware connect" and this very thread comes up and the problem is identical... and so is the solution to be quickly found....

while i should know mysql inside-out, as it is just another relational database, they are not all the same and my interview on monday is contingent on my background with of all things; mysql, dhtml and javascript... basic stuff but a brush up and running applications in all areas would go over pretty big.... so... where do i turn for help...

thanks for your contribution trickykid, your few minutes of typing goes along way to getting many people gainfully re-employed....

happy new year

- perry
Old 12-31-2004, 08:15 AM   #4
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i had a similar problem and this thread didnt exist. anyway, i ended up solving it but i cant remember for the life of me what i did to solve it


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