I am quite a beginner with MySQL, but I already got problems with setting up a connection. I tried to use MySQL Workbench, but I can't connect to the server. I use SparkyLinux, a Debian-based distribution. Here is what I did so far :

  1. I created a user and checked that I could log in a console :

    adrien@sahelantropus:~$ mysql -u adrien -p
    Enter password: 
    Welcome to the MariaDB monitor.  Commands end with ; or \g.
    Your MariaDB connection id is 6
    Server version: 10.1.23-MariaDB-9+deb9u1 Debian 9.0
    Copyright (c) 2000, 2017, Oracle, MariaDB Corporation Ab and others.
    Type 'help;' or '\h' for help. Type '\c' to clear the current input 
    MariaDB [(none)]>

    (maybe it is interesting to notice I can either give my password or not, and log in with exactly the same output)

  2. I tried to setup a connection with MySQL Workbench, but when I test it, I get the following output :

    Failed to Connect to MySQL at with user adrien Access denied for user 'adrien'@'localhost'

  3. I tried to use MySQL Connector in Python, and got the following exception :

    1698 (28000): Access denied for user 'adrien'@'localhost'

I am sorry if something obvious is going on and I cannot see it, and I thank anyone who could help me.

1 Answer 1


Probably mysql doesn't listen the TCP sockets at all and console client is connected via filesocket. Try to list all network sockets listened at your host:

ss -l | grep 3306

The other possibility is that you have turned skip_name_resolve variable ON that disable using of localhost instead of

  • Thank you for your help. ss -l | grep 3306 gives no answer at all. Commented Jul 16, 2017 at 7:33

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