I'm running Fedora 19 and I have installed MySQL using yum install mysql.

When I issue the mysql command, I get the following error message:

ERROR 2002 (HY000): Can't connect to local MySQL server through socket '/var/lib/mysql/mysql.sock' (2)

If I do create the /var/lib/mysql/mysql.sock file the number after the error message change to (111) (it is possible that I have created the file with wrong permissions).

After reading to this question and this one I tried to service mysqld start, but I get:

Redirecting to /bin/systemctl start  mysqld.service
Failed to issue method call: Unit mysqld.service failed to load: No such file or directory. See system logs and 'systemctl status mysqld.service' for details.

and service mysqld status returns

Redirecting to /bin/systemctl status  mysqld.service
   Loaded: error (Reason: No such file or directory)
   Active: inactive (dead)

1 Answer 1


The package mysql is the client package. You need to install the server package:

$ sudo yum install mysql-server

Additionally, starting in Fedora 19, MariaDB is now the default implementation of MySQL. MariaDB is a fork of MySQL.

MariaDB, a community developed fork of MySQL, will be the default implementation of MySQL in Fedora 19.

source: https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Features/ReplaceMySQLwithMariaDB

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