[root@localhost ~]# mysqladmin -u root shutdown
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!

Solved issue: Can’t connect to local MySQL server through socket ‘/var/lib/mysql/mysql.sock

Using following command I checked the mysql directory.
[root@localhost ~]# ll /var/lib/mysql/

I did not found the mysql.sock file there.

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After that restarted the machine
[root@localhost mysql]# /etc/init.d/mysqld start
Starting mysqld:                                           [  OK  ]
[root@localhost mysql]# mysql -uroot
Welcome to the MySQL monitor.  Commands end with ; or g.
Your MySQL connection id is 2
Server version: 5.1.52 MySQL Community Server (GPL) by Remi

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mysql> show databases;

Can't connect to local MySQL server through socket

Can’t connect to local MySQL server through socket

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