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can't open mysql

Last Modified: 2016-06-21
I've had this server running for years but suddenly i get the error

'/var/run/mysqld/mysqld.sock' (2)

when I try to run my website which accesses the mysql server.

If I log into the server and try to log in to msqyl, I get a similar error.

web:~# mysql -u root
ERROR 2002: Can't connect to local MySQL server through socket '/var/run/mysqld/mysqld.sock' (2)

I tried to locate a socket that was open, but the mysql did not appear to be open:

THEN i tried to see if mysql was running and to start it:
web:~# ps aux | grep mysqlps aux | grep mysql
grep: aux: No such file or directory
web:~# /etc/init.d/mysql start
Starting MySQL database server: mysqld...failed.
        Please take a look at the syslog.
/usr/bin/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 have no idea where to go now ...

thanks in advance.
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