This is now the 3rd time I have wiped out and done a clean install of suse and keep running into the same poroblem when trying to install mysql. I get as far as inputting the admin. pass once i try to add the admin pass I get the following error: mysqladmin -u root password ******* mysqladmin: connect to server at 'localhost' failed error: 'Can't connect to local MySQL server through socket '/var/lib/mysql/mysql.sock' (2)' Check that mysqld is running and that the socket: '/var/lib/mysql/mysql.sock' exists! As far as I know mysql is running as it has been stopped then restarted with no errors. I also have checked to see if the mysql.sock file is in the directory in which it is not. Here Is what is in the directory: svr1:~ # cd /var/lib/mysql svr1:/var/lib/mysql # dir total 20540 drwx------ 2 mysql mysql 4096 Apr 10 09:58 .protected -rw-r--r-- 1 mysql mysql 0 Apr 15 12:51 .run-mysql_upgrade drwxr-xr-x 2 mysql mysql 4096 Apr 10 09:58 .tmp -rw-rw---- 1 mysql mysql 5242880 Apr 15 12:42 ib_logfile0 -rw-rw---- 1 mysql mysql 5242880 Apr 15 12:41 ib_logfile1 -rw-rw---- 1 mysql mysql 10485760 Apr 15 12:42 ibdata1 drwx------ 2 mysql mysql 4096 Apr 15 12:41 mysql -rw-rw---- 1 mysql mysql 1041 Apr 15 12:41 mysqld.log drwx------ 2 mysql mysql 4096 Apr 15 12:40 test I have noticed searching through the various sites that there seems to be quite a few people with the same problem, I just could not find a clear solution to the problem any help would be appreciated. Without this being resolved I can not continue my installation.