Can’t connect to local MySQL server through socket ‘/var/lib/mysql/mysql.sock’ (2)

I‘m getting the following error when I run mysql -u root -p

Can’t connect to local MySQL server through socket ‘/var/lib/mysql/mysql.sock’ (2)

How do I solve this problem under CentOS / RHEL / Red Hat Enterprise Linux server 5.x or 6.x?

To solve this problem take the following steps.

Is MySQL Running?

Type the following command
# service mysqld status
If mysqld is not running, start it:
# service mysqld start
Try mysql command again as follows:
$ mysql -u USER -p

Is MySQL Installed?

Make sure the package mysql-server is installed:
# rpm -qa mysql-server
Sample outputs:


If you do not see package name, type the following command to install mysql-server:
# yum install mysql-server
Turn on mysqld to start automatically on boot:
# chkconfig mysqld on
Run mysqld service, enter:
# service mysqld start
Set a new root password for mysql server:
# mysqladmin -u root password 'MySQL-Root-User-Password'

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