thanks for you input!!! Just my impatience with my lack of knowledge, nothing to do with the community. LOL.
this is something I tried also. mysqladmin -u root -p
I just want to change my password so I can get access to mysql but it won't let me. :d
So this is my problem.
Password doesn't work. Old password, new password, resetting password. It doesn't work.
I've tried a few different methods including
killing process with cat and creating an init file with new password inside and restarting in safe mode, still to no avail.
How do I remove mysql completely and reinstall it? I really think this is the path forward for me.
I know how to apt-get remove mysql-server (which I've tried) but it doesn't remove everything because when I go to enter
new password, I get request to enter old password and then told password is incorrect.