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How to resolve "Can't connect to local MySQL server through socket" error

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http://serverfault.com – I'm trying to install MySQL on OS X. First I tried MacPorts. I followed the instructions in step 3 of https://trac.macports.org/wiki/howto/MAMP, but when I ran mysqladmin5 or mysql5 I get: ERROR 2002 (HY000): Can't connect to local MySQL server through socket '/opt/local/var/run/mysql5/mysqld.sock' (61) The file mysqld.sock existed. Then I tried installing using a .dmg from mysql.com. (I ran port uninstall mysql5-server first.) Now, I get: ERROR 2002 (HY000): Can't connect to local MySQL server through socket '/tmp/mysql.sock' How can I fix this? I see that a lot of questions deal (HowTos)