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I typed apt-get install phpmyadmin and ran into an error saying it cannot connect to mysql (socket issue). It was normal because I forget to install mysql before, so I selected "abort" above all options given by phpmyadmin.

Then sudo tasksel and installed lamp server.

Once finished, I ran :

apt-get remove --purge phpmyadmin
apt-get install phpmyadmin

Then mysql -u root -p but I got the following error: Access denied for the following user 'root'@'localhost'

So I solved this problem by doing :

SET PASSWORD FOR root@localhost=PASSWORD('mypassword'); 

Then I successfully logged in localhost/phpmyadmin, but found this message :

The phpMyAdmin configuration storage is not completely configured, some extended features have been deactivated. To find out why click here.

I clicked here, and it showed me : enter image description here

Can I go on peacefully with mysql/phpmyadmin?

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Yes that is correct. Make sure that all the $cfg['Servers'][$i] directives are uncommented! –  kratos Sep 21 '13 at 2:04

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OP's answer:

I solved this problem with the following :

cd /usr/share/doc/phpmyadmin/examples
sudo gunzip create_tables.sql.gz 
mysql -u root -p < create_tables.sql
mysql -u root -p -e 'GRANT SELECT, INSERT, DELETE, UPDATE ON phpmyadmin.* TO 'pma'@'localhost' IDENTIFIED BY "pmapassword"'

Then edited /etc/phpmyadmin/config.inc.php on these lines :

/* Optional: User for advanced features */
$cfg['Servers'][$i]['controluser'] = 'pma';
$cfg['Servers'][$i]['controlpass'] = 'pmapassword';

Logged back in phpmyadmin, and then, the warning message had disappeared.

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I also had to change all the tables name in /etc/phpmyadmin/config.inc.php with double underscores ex.

$cfg['Servers'][$i]['bookmarktable'] = 'pma__bookmark'; 

because that was the table created after create_tables.sql execution.

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