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When trying to connect to mysql server via telnet I am getting following error:

telnet localhost 3306
Trying ::1...
telnet: Unable to connect to remote host: Connection timed out

I tried telnet with, hostname also, but getting same error message. But I can connect with mysql -u username -p once I am in the server.

Here is the result of netstat:

netstat -na | grep mysql
unix  2      [ ACC ]     STREAM     LISTENING     4540495  /var/run/mysqld/mysqld.sock
unix  3      [ ]         STREAM     CONNECTED     4542200  /var/run/mysqld/mysqld.sock

netstat -na | grep 3306
tcp        0      0  *               LISTEN  

What could be possible problems? If you need some more details I could provide it without any problems.

Thanks a lot.

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MySQL uses the UNIX socket on localhost - much faster. It won't run on a TCP port unless you tell it to do so.

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Have you checked your iptables settings?

sudo iptables -L -v
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I have disabled firewall temporarily with "sudo ufw disable". Does it stop iptables also? – Bakhtiyor Oct 16 '11 at 16:41
@Bakhtior yes: ufw is a simplified frontend to iptables. – Riccardo Murri Oct 16 '11 at 16:50
So, why I am not able to telnet to mysql then? – Bakhtiyor Oct 16 '11 at 16:51
@Bakhtiyor Just a clarification: you say "When trying to connect to the MySQL server I get this error ..." and then "I can connect via ... once I'm in the server" Does this mean that you're trying the telnet localhost command on a host which is not the MySQL server host? – Riccardo Murri Oct 16 '11 at 16:54
First I am connecting to the server with ssh, and then right from the server I am executing telnet command. – Bakhtiyor Oct 16 '11 at 17:07

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