Re: myqsl dummy needs help

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That is to say, on the initial installation of a MySQL server, there is
indeed a 'root'@'localhost' account, but it has no password. See page
609 of MySQL, Third Edition, by Paul DuBois and read through the next
several pages.

I just did this for a new MySQL installation on one of my test boxes and
was able to set the root password with only a little fussiness from
mysqladmin. I first set the password for localhost, then logged into the
mysql server as 'root'@'localhost' and set the password for
'root'@''. You need to set both these passwords for root.
Then I tested my login and did a few easy queries such as 'show
databases;' and I was all set.


Robert L Cochran wrote:
> There is a 'root'@'localhost' account, but it has no password. For more
> information see the MySQL knowledgebase at
> Been there, done that.
> Bob
> Craig White wrote:
>> On Mon, 2009-02-16 at 11:06 -0500, Robert L Cochran wrote:
>>> All the heavier-weight database engines have their own user accounts, so
>>> they can grant or restrict permissions to various databases and tables
>>> based on who the user is. MySQL does this. Even though mysql has a root
>>> user that user is totally separate from the OS root account. You can
>>> also have a mysql user account named mickey even though your host box
>>> does not have such a user. So think only in terms of the defined MySQL
>>> users.
>>> You need to reset the MySQL root user password.
>>> There may be no password to start with. I wonder what happens if you
>>> just press enter when prompted for the password. If there is no
>>> password, then you can set one using mysqladmin. When you first start
>>> the mysqld server using 'service start mysqld' the syntax of the command
>>> is explained to you right on the terminal window.
>>> One more point. If you want to assign a password to a user on a specific
>>> host machine, such as 'mickey'@'' then I believe that
>>> at the time someone attempts to log in with that username the actual
>>> machine name must resolve correctly on dns to '' or
>>> the user 'mickey' must have a password defined for the localhost machine
>>> ('mickey'@'localhost').
>>> To do reset the root password correctly, you can find copious details on
>>> the MySQL knowledgebase. Go to and search off their
>>> knowledgebase. There is a method described for changing the password for
>>> the root user, but it is fairly complicated. I've used it successfully
>>> once or twice before when I made a mess of my own mysql root password.
>>> Another great resource is to read Paul DuBois book "MySQL". It is really
>>> the bible of all things MySQL. If you intend to use MySQL seriously then
>>> this book is mandatory purchasing and reading.
>> ----
>> I think original setup for mysql is for root user via local socket and
>> not via localhost so there actually isn't an account for [email protected]
>> thus attempting to connect via tcp/ip as root is doomed to fail out of
>> the box.
>> Craig

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