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I know this is like asking “have you tried turning it off and on?”, but:

1 ) Do you have mysql-server installed (not mysql-client)?

2 ) Have you made sure the service is currently running?

Beyond that:

Have you been able to use this installation of mysql before? or are you just now setting it up (or upgrading)?

Have you tried connecting with a password (e.g., mysql -u root -p)?