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 3.1 Connecting to and Disconnecting from the Server
 To connect to the server, you'll usually need to provide a MySQL
 username when you invoke `mysql' and, most likely, a password.  If the
 server runs on a machine other than the one where you log in, you'll
 also need to specify a hostname.  Contact your administrator to find
 out what connection parameters you should use to connect (that is, what
 host, username, and password to use).  Once you know the proper
 parameters, you should be able to connect like this:
      shell> mysql -h HOST -u USER -p
      Enter password: ********
 `host' and `user' represent the hostname where your MySQL server is
 running and the username of your MySQL account.  Substitute appropriate
 values for your setup.  The `********' represents your password; enter
 it when `mysql' displays the `Enter password:' prompt.
 If that works, you should see some introductory information followed by
 a `mysql>' prompt:
      shell> mysql -h HOST -u USER -p
      Enter password: ********
      Welcome to the MySQL monitor.  Commands end with ; or \g.
      Your MySQL connection id is 25338 to server version: 4.0.14-log
      Type 'help;' or '\h' for help. Type '\c' to clear the buffer.
 The prompt tells you that `mysql' is ready for you to enter commands.
 Some MySQL installations allow users to connect as the anonymous
 (unnamed) user to the server running on the local host.  If this is the
 case on your machine, you should be able to connect to that server by
 invoking `mysql' without any options:
      shell> mysql
 After you have connected successfully, you can disconnect any time by
 typing `QUIT' (or `\q') at the `mysql>' prompt:
      mysql> QUIT
 On Unix, you can also disconnect by pressing Control-D.
 Most examples in the following sections assume that you are connected
 to the server.  They indicate this by the `mysql>' prompt.
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