ERROR 2002 (HY000): Can’t connect to local MySQL server through socket /var/run/mysqld/mysqld.sock


When the MySQL client connects to localhost, it attempts to use a socket file instead of TCP/IP. The socket file used is specified in /etc/mysql/my.cnf when the MySQL client is installed on the system. This is a MySQL socket file, which SingleStore DB does not use by default. Therefore, connecting with localhost attempts to connect to MySQL and not SingleStore DB.


There are two solutions to solve this problem:

  1. Specify as the host instead of localhost. That is, mysql -h -u root instead of mysql -h localhost -u root. If you omit the host (mysql -u root), the MySQL client will implicitly use localhost.

  2. For SingleStore DB, change the socket value in the /etc/mysql/my.cnf file to the location of your SingleStore DB socket file as shown in the example below:

port          = 3306
socket        = /var/lib/memsql/data/memsql.sock