In workbench the status of the server is STOPPED and the startup log message:

2016-05-28 11:14:37 - Checking server status...
2016-05-28 11:14:37 - Trying to connect to MySQL...
2016-05-28 11:14:37 - Can't connect to MySQL server on '' (111) (2003)
2016-05-28 11:14:37 - Assuming server is not running

When I run:

sudo service mysql status

I get:

mysql start/post-start, process 3061
post-start process 3062

Could anybody help?

  • Checking the status after a few minutes it changed to: mysql stop/waiting – Dan More May 28 '16 at 15:31

Make sure that your /etc/mysql/my.cnf does not have bind-address set, then restart the server. This will allow connections from localhost.

  • I commented out the bind-address option and now I get this: – Dan More May 28 '16 at 18:53
  • well, the log is too long to post. there an error though: [ERROR] /usr/sbin/mysqld: unknown option '--explicit_defaults_for_timestamp' 2016-05-28 14:48:08 [ERROR] Aborting – Dan More May 28 '16 at 18:58
  • Can you upload your my.cnf to paste.ubuntu.com please? – Bob Carlson May 28 '16 at 19:01
  • OK, just did (I hope) – Dan More May 28 '16 at 19:06
  • What's the link? – Bob Carlson May 28 '16 at 19:08

There are many possible issues:

  • Make sure the service is really up and running: netstat -plnt | grep mysql
  • make sure it is on the address:port you expect it to see, for examlpe here you won't be able to connect from outside because the only IP with MySQL is localhost: tcp 0 0* LISTEN 12460/mysqld. If you don't see it here but see in the processes (ps -eF | grep mysqld) then perhaps it is bound to socket only.
  • make sure the process is alive by logging in from console: mysql -u user -p
  • make sure the firewall(s) allow(s) your remote host to connect to the server to that port (e.g. nmap, windows version available too)
  • make sure there's no typo in workbench connection settings.

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