Can't Connect - MySQL Port = 0??

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I have root access to this server which has been preconfigured. I can
connect using the mysql command tool. But I cannot connect using any
mysql GUI software (I am currently tunneling the 3306 port to 3306 on
the server using SSH). So i ran mysqladmin variables. And got the

port 0

instead of the usually port 3306. Obviously I cannot connect on port 0.
How can I troubleshoot this and get mysql running so I can connect via
tunneling?  Thanks for your help.

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