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Can you connect using a normal MySQL client? Did you actually try right before your attempt at a Perl connection? (If you have root access, perhaps you also have shell access to that server).

Anyway, if you can connect from the command line and not from a script, it could be that you are using a socket that isn't standard, and from the command line it is found thanks to a configuration file or an environment variable, while in the Perl script it is not seen at all.

That was just speculation. Now. If you really have root access, try creating a normal user, and connect to your server using an IP address (instead of localhost) and that user. Try it from the command line first.
This should either solve your problem or give you more information t about asking for more help.

In addition to what others have offered you in their answers, you may look at Before asking a database related question ..., where you'll find some useful advice.

In reply to Re: Accessing MySQL DB through DBI by cchampion
in thread Accessing MySQL DB through DBI by GaijinPunch

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