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Set / Change / Reset the MySQL root password on Ubuntu Linux


Tested on
- Ubuntu Linux 7.10 Gutsy Gibbon and MySQL 5.0.45. (2007-10-21)
- Ubuntu Linux 6.06 Dapper Drake and MySQL 4.1.15.

Set / change / reset the MySQL root password on Ubuntu Linux. Enter the following lines in your terminal.
  1. Stop the MySQL Server.
    sudo /etc/init.d/mysql stop

  2. Start the mysqld configuration.
    sudo mysqld --skip-grant-tables &

  3. Login to MySQL as root.
    mysql -u root mysql

  4. Replace YOURNEWPASSWORD with your new password!
    UPDATE user SET Password=PASSWORD('YOURNEWPASSWORD') WHERE User='root'; FLUSH PRIVILEGES; exit;

Note: This method is not regarded as the securest way of resetting the password. However it works.


References

MySQL 5.0 Reference Manual: How to Reset the Root Password