How to Reset the MySQL Root Password
1.Login as root via ssh and stop the mysql server.
debian-ubuntu# /etc/init.d/mysql stop centos-fedora# /etc/init.d/mysqld stop
2. Start the MySQL server with “skip-grant-tables” option.
# mysqld_safe --skip-grant-tables &
This will disable the MySQL authentication and run the process in the background.
3. Login to MySQL as root.
# mysql -u root mysql
4. Reset the MySQL password.
UPDATE user SET Password=PASSWORD('NEW_PASSWORD') WHERE User='root'; FLUSH PRIVILEGES; exit;
Replace NEW_PASSWORD with your new password!
5. After the password has been reset, start the MySQL server in normal mode.
debian-ubuntu# /etc/init.d/mysql restart centos-fedora# /etc/init.d/mysqld restart
Now you can connect to MySQL as a root user using the new password.
Type “mysql -u root -p” in the terminal, and enter the password when prompted.
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