Home error: 'Can't connect to local MySQL server through socket '/var/run/mysqld/mysqld.sock' (2)'
 My problem started off with me not being able to log in as root anymore into my mysql install. I was attempting to run mysql without passwords turned on... but whenever I would run the command :  # mysqld_safe --skip-grant-tables &  I would never get a prompt back... (I was trying to follow the instructions here: http://www.cyberciti.biz/tips/recover-mysql-root-password.html) The screen just looks like this:  root@jj-SFF-PC:/usr/bin# mysqld_safe --skip-grant-tables 120816 11:40:53 mysqld_safe Logging to syslog. 120816 11:40:53 mysqld_safe Starting mysqld daemon with databases from /var/lib/mysql  and I don't get a prompt to start typing the sql commands to reset the password. When I kill it by doing a CTRL + C, I get the following message: error: 'Can't connect to local MySQL server through socket '/var/run/mysqld/mysqld.sock' (2)' Check that mysqld is running and that the socket: '/var/run/mysqld/mysqld.sock' exists! If I retry the command and leave it long enough, I do get the following series of messages: root@jj-SFF-PC:/run/mysqld# 120816 13:15:02 mysqld_safe Logging to syslog. 120816 13:15:02 mysqld_safe Starting mysqld daemon with databases from /var/lib/mysql 120816 13:16:42 mysqld_safe mysqld from pid file /var/run/mysqld/mysqld.pid ended [1]+ Done mysqld_safe --skip-grant-tables root@jj-SFF-PC:/run/mysqld#  But then if i try to log in as root by doing: # mysql -u root  I get the following error message: ERROR 2002 (HY000): Can't connect to local MySQL server through socket '/var/run/mysqld/mysqld.sock' (2)  I checked and /var/run/mysqld/mysqld.sock file doesn't not exist. The folder does, but not the file. Also, I dunno if this helps or not, but I found did a find / -name mysqld and it came up with: /var/run/mysqld - folder /usr/sbin/mysqld - file /run/mysqld - folder  I'm just new to linux and mysql, so i don't know if this is normal or not. But I'm including this info just in case it helps ... ** I finally decided to uninstall and reinstall mysql. ** apt-get remove mysql-server apt-get remove mysql-client apt-get remove mysql-common apt-get remove phpmyadmin  After resintalling all packages again in the same order as above, during the phpmyadmin install, it gave me the same error - ERROR 2002 (HY000): Can't connect to local MySQL server through socket '/var/run/mysqld/mysqld.sock' (2)  So I tried again to uninstall/reinstall. This time, after I uninstalled the packages, I also manually renamed all mysql files and directories to mysql.bad in their respective locations.  /var/lib/mysql /var/lib/mysql/mysql /var/log/mysql /usr/lib/perl5/DBD/mysql /usr/lib/perl5/auto/DBD/mysql /usr/lib/mysql /usr/bin/mysql /usr/share/mysql /usr/share/dbconfig-common/internal/mysql /etc/init.d/mysql /etc/apparmor.d/abstractions/mysql /etc/mysql  Then I tried to reinstall mysql-server, mysql-client again. But I've noticed that it doesn't prompt me for a password. Isn't it supposed to ask for an admin password?