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Wednesday, August 25, 2010

MySQL root password recovery on LINUX

MySQL root password recovery:
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1. As Linux system root user stop the database process: /etc/init.d/mysql stop
(or: service mysql stop)
2. Start MySQL in safe mode and skip the use of the "grant tables": /usr/bin/mysqld_safe --user=mysql --socket=/var/lib/mysql/mysql.sock --pid-file=/var/run/mysqld/mysqld.pid --datadir=/var/lib/mysql --skip-grant-tables --skip-networking &
3. Reset the MySQL root password: mysqladmin -u root flush-privileges password newpassword
4. Stop MySQL running in safe mode: kill `cat /var/run/mysqld/mysqld.pid`
5. Start MySQL: /etc/init.d/mysql start
6. The new MySQL root password can now be used: mysql -u root -p
Respond withthe password: newpassword

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