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mysql-workbench is a visual database design system that integrates database design, modeling, creation and maintenance into a single, seamless environment. Replacement for DBDesigner4 (Windows-only, but works with Wine).
It doesn't exactly have a webpage, but most information, including download links are available here:
It comes with mysql-gui-common when you download the source code, but you can also get the mysql-gui-common from the AUR:
http://aur.archlinux.org/packages.php?d … =1&ID=2554
But note that mysql-gui-common needs to be built with special configure flags which are specified in the README.linux file for mysql-workbench.
I've had compile problems when trying to compile both of these programs. There doesn't seem to be any definitive fixes out there, but perhaps someone with a little more knowledge would know what to do.
There is also a linux binary, which would be acceptable to use, but it doesn't appear to work either. There are also public SVN repos for both mysql-gui-common and mysql-workbench, but the same problems appear to persist.
Although you can use mysql-workbench as simply a design tool, you need mysql installed in order for mysql-gui-common to compile.
(old) screenshot:
http://www.openwin.org/mike/wordpress/w … kbench.png
The best answer: If this is Adobe Workbench as I might suspect, that's probably the wrong tool to use for troubleshooting connections and related.
Try [Sequel Pro|http://www.sequelpro.com> or another similar tool.
If you're running remotely via VPN, that adds additional complexity to the configuration. As part of both local and particularly remote testing, using light-weight diagnostics (such as ping) would be warranted. This before running any juggernaut-class packages over the link.
(Put bluntly, very few juggernaut-class software packages from most any vendor will generate decent diagnostics for network errors.)