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After installing Mariadb on Ubuntu 15.10 I was unable to use mysql. The following error was reported: Plugin 'unix socket' is not loaded.

It seems that plugin table in the mysql db was empty. Why was this?

My remedy was:

killall mysqld_safe
killall mysqld
mysqld_safe --skip-grant-tables &
INSERT INTO mysql.plugin (name, dl) VALUES ('unix_socket', 'auth_socket');
\q
killall mysqld_safe
service mysql start 

(With thanks to Markus (maier-m))

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