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Xucong ZHAN Author

I cannot guarantee a fix but I know there's a bug in recent WSL2 updates where people cannot connect to localhost/ on startup. People say it's related to Windows fast boot in BIOS but even if I disable it I still hit this error.

As for the possible fix, if you are sure that your MariaDB is running in WSL and you can access from WSL terminal, try wsl --shut-down from PowerShell and restart WSL2 by opening a new WSL2 terminal. I am able to fix my connection error every time.

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Thanks for the help. After trying what you suggested, I still couldn't connect to it. Neither cloud my python application. But I can connecct to MariaDB within terminal.

EDIT: When I use the connecter provided by MariaDB, I can connect to the database from my Python app. But when I use the method described here, I got connection refused error.

Have you ever worked with MariaDB+SQLAlchemy? Love to hear how you work arond with it.

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Xucong ZHAN Author

Just to be clear, is your python app running in WSL or Windows?
Also, did you add the line bind-address= in your /etc/mysql/my.cnf?
I don't know your connection config, but double-check you are using the same host. and localhost is not the same nor always interchangeable.

It's hard to tell what the problem is based on what you described, but I can try and replicate if that's also the case on my machine.

Update: OK I just tried, and it seems that with the latest WSL2 and MariaDB the bind-address= in /etc/mysql/my.cnf is no longer necessary. I can connect to my MariaDB from both WSL and Windows app with sqlalchemy and pymysql.

sqlalchemy to wsl mariadb

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quillen profile image

OK. I think not being able to connect from datagrip and sqlalchemy is related.
MariaDB is running on WSL2 and I am able to connect to it from the terminal. I created admin user with root privilege.

MariaDB [(none)]> select user, host from information_schema.processlist;
| user  | host      |
| admin | localhost |
1 row in set (0.000 sec)

I'd love to provide you with more detail. Here is my my.cnf:

# Port or socket location where to connect
# port = 3307
socket = /run/mysqld/mysqld.sock

# Import all .cnf files from configuration directory
!includedir /etc/mysql/conf.d/
!includedir /etc/mysql/mariadb.conf.d/

I tried both what you described in this blog post and not binding the address. Both not working.
Would you mind share your my.cnf with me?

Here is my complete setup:

Clean uninstall:

sudo dpkg -l | grep mariadb 
 sudo apt-get purge mariadb*


sudo apt update
sudo apt install mariadb-server

Start the service:

sudo service mysql start

Config by following this

sudo mysql_secure_installation

edit /etc/mysql/my.cnf (optional)

port=3307 # or any port you like

Then restart mariaDB:
sudo service mysql restart