ERROR 2002 (HY000): Can’t connect to local MySQL server through socket ‘/var/run/mysqld/mysqld.sock’ (2)

On a new Linux installation I was getting an error when logging into MySQL using

mysql -u Username -p

The error was shown as:

ERROR 2002 (HY000): Can't connect to local MySQL server through socket '/var/run/mysqld/mysqld.sock' (2)

Was this going to be an easy fix or prove to be a more time consuming error to research and resolve?

A silly error to encounter. I found that MySQL server was not installed.

Having rebuilt the computer with a replacement hard drive numerous packages had been installed.

Installing PHPMyAdmin there were errors connecting to MySQL leading to the discovery that I was yet to install MySQL.

I installed MySQL using the command:

apt-get install mysql-server

With MySQL installed PHPMyAdmin worked and all was well. The Can’t connect to MySQL server error was resolved.