how can i log in to MySQL

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http://askubuntu.com – I am new to ubuntu and installed MySQL use a rpm file, and started it use sudo start mysql, when i try mysqladmin -u root password test I get mysqladmin: connect to server at 'localhost' failed 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! I checked the mysqld folder and there is nothing what can i do the next? Thanks for your answers (HowTos)