• Clients can connect to MySQL Server using several protocols:
• Clients can connect using TCP/IP sockets on any platform.
• On Windows systems in the NT family (NT, 2000, XP, 2003, or Vista), clients can connect using
named pipes if the server is started with the --enable-named-pipe  option. In MySQL
4.1 and higher, Windows servers also support shared-memory connections if started with the --
shared-memory  option. Clients can connect through shared memory by using the --
• On Unix systems, clients can connect using Unix domain socket files.
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