I'm attempting to open a connection from my Amazon RDS instance to my local dev machine. I added my IP to the security policy in Amazon's panel (read: whitelisted myself in the firewall) and added my user in MySQL:

grant usage on bar.* to [email protected] identified by "foobar";
grant all privileges on bar.* to [email protected];

Assume that is actually my IP.

I then attempt to connect via the command-line MySQL client:

[wk@batman ~]$ mysql --host= --user=foo -p Enter password: Welcome to the MariaDB monitor. Commands end with ; or \g. Your MySQL connection id is 66287753 Server version: 5.6.17-log

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MySQL [(none)]> show databases;
ERROR 2006 (HY000): MySQL server has gone away
No connection. Trying to reconnect...
Connection id:    66287829
Current database: *** NONE ***

ERROR 1184 (08S01): Aborted connection 66287829 to db: 'unconnected' user: 'foo' host: (init_connect command failed)

I'm not sure what could be causing this error - the results I could find on Google pertained to database replication. Does anyone have any idea what's wrong?

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This is because the user does not have execute grant global, to fix it

GRANT EXECUTE ON *.* TO user_name;
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    I was going nuts over this issue. I have to read about execute now. Thanks Apr 18, 2017 at 9:56

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