Reset a MySQL root password?

wpspeedster

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When I was running this command to do some queries in Mysql server on my VPS, it asked root password

Code:
mysql -u root -p
I could not remember its password, I installed and using cPanel.

Does anyone know how to reset a MySQL root password?
 

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I have already got a post mentioned to how to change password for MySQL on Linux

You can find it here https://forumweb.hosting/13207-how-to-change-password-for-mysql-on-linux.html

If you want to do it quickly to have a new password for MySQL on Linux

I will recommend you run these commands

Step 1

Stop the MySQL service on Ubuntu and Debian

Code:
sudo /etc/init.d/mysql stop
or

For CentOS, Fedora, and Red Hat Enterprise Linux

Code:
sudo /etc/init.d/mysqld stop
If you run right command, it will show this

Shutting down MySQL (Percona Server)........... SUCCESS!
Ok, now you can connect to MySQL by runnning the following command:

Code:
mysql -uroot
When you use the command above, it will show messages like this

Welcome to the MySQL monitor. Commands end with ; or \g.
Your MySQL connection id is 2
Server version: 5.5.50-38.0 Percona Server (GPL), Release 38.0, Revision b05b24c

Copyright (c) 2009-2016 Percona LLC and/or its affiliates
Copyright (c) 2000, 2016, Oracle and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved.

Oracle is a registered trademark of Oracle Corporation and/or its
affiliates. Other names may be trademarks of their respective
owners.

Type 'help;' or '\h' for help. Type '\c' to clear the current input statement.
Step 2

Set a new MySQL root password

Code:
use mysql;
update user set password=PASSWORD("mynewpassword") where User='root';

flush privileges;

quit
Replace mynewpassword by your password as desired.

You should have messages like this when running commands above

mysql> use mysql;
Reading table information for completion of table and column names
You can turn off this feature to get a quicker startup with -A

Database changed
mysql> update user set password=PASSWORD("mynewpassword") where User='root';
Query OK, 4 rows affected (0.05 sec)
Rows matched: 4 Changed: 4 Warnings: 0

mysql> flush privileges;
Query OK, 0 rows affected (0.09 sec)

mysql> quit
Bye
Restart MySql

Code:
sudo /etc/init.d/mysql start

Now you can login with new password you have just changed.

Hope it helps!
 
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