Can't connect to local MySQL server through socket '/var/lib/mysql/mysql.sock'


I’ve got a problem.

I’m running Percona 5.5.35 on a LAMP stack.

The application can communicate with the database just fine, but when I try to run automysqlbackup I get the error: ERROR 2002 (HY000): Can’t connect to local MySQL server through socket ‘/var/lib/mysql/mysql.sock’ (2)

That’s the same socket path specified in my.cnf.

Any help is much appreciated.

The error simply states that your MySQL is not available/running to accept any connection. Are you able to connect to MySQL via CLI when you get this error? What does the error logs say?


How you are running automysqlbackup? Is it possible for you to give socket details in that?
Also as Jagatvir said, Is your MySQL running? In Linux, you can simply check with “ps -ef | grep mysql”
I would also suggest to check that automysqlbackup is trying to connect to the same host which you are connecting through application.

As far as I could see:

It supports “socket” option.

You can also check if the following exists in you mysql configuration (my.cnf) and if no then add it:

socket = /var/run/mysqld/mysqld.sock

what if there is mysql.sock in path specified?

$ sudo ls -l /var/lib/mysql/mysql.sock
srwxrwxrwx 1 mysql mysql 0 Mei 22 15:42 /var/lib/mysql/mysql.sock

Hello everyone. I need help with xtra backup software because I can’t create backup and error is similar to topicstarter’s error.

innobackupex --user=root --password=paassss --no-timestamp /home/aaa/28.09.18

show me an error

180928 11:01:55 version_check Connecting to MySQL server with DSN 'dbi:mysql:;mysql_read_default_group=xtrabackup' as 'root' (using password: YES).
Failed to connect to MySQL server: DBI connect(';mysql_read_default_group=xtrabackup','root',...) failed: Can't connect to local MySQL server through socket '/var/run/mysqld/mysqld.sock' (2) at - line 1315.

Next try was to specify socket location:

innobackupex --user=root --password=paassss --socket=/var/lib/mysql/mysql.sock --no-timestamp /home/aaa/28.09.18

Connecting to MySQL server host: localhost, user: root, password: set, port: not set, socket: /var/lib/mysql/mysql.sock
Error: Unsupported server version: '5.7.23-23-log'. Please report a bug at

lsb_release -a
No LSB modules are available.
Distributor ID: Ubuntu
Description: Ubuntu 18.04.1 LTS
Release: 18.04
Codename: bionic

apt-cache policy percona-xtrabackup
Installed: 1:2.3.10-1.bionic
Candidate: 1:2.3.10-1.bionic
Version table:
*** 1:2.3.10-1.bionic 500
500 bionic/main amd64 Packages
100 /var/lib/dpkg/status
2.4.9-0ubuntu2 500
500 bionic/universe amd64 Packages