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

 

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

 

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

 

    1. 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.

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