Under linux you can do the following, for tcsh or csh:
mysql -h mysql -p
where "-h mysql" marks the hostname mysql.cs.uky.edu. If you leave "-h mysql" out, you'll see an error message like:
Can't connect to local MySQL server through socket '/var/run/mysqld/mysqld.sock'
but with "-h mysql", it should then ask for your password (see FAQ 1). You should then tell mysql to use your database:
mysql> use mylogin;
where "mylogin" is the same as your uderid. You can then create tables, etc.
The www.cs.uky.edu webserver and the mysql.cs.uky.edu share a local network not on the UK campus network. This is a gigabit network and therefore should be faster than the campus connection. Your mysql host should be "mastelottoplan.backups.uky.edu", which will only work from the www.cs.uky.edu webserver.
The mysql server is available for learning and research purposes. No live data should exist only in the database. There are no data dumps of the database tables, so you should keep your own in case of a failure or of an accidental deletion/modification.