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Old 07-15-2005, 09:16 PM   #1
Registered: Nov 2003
Location: Sioux Center, IA
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Cannot Log into MySQL root password I just set...

I just set the root password for my mysql server using the following command:

root@struik img]# mysqladmin -u root password 'password
> '

(no password is not what I was really using, it is just there for explanation)
As you can see, the mistake I made was not putting the final ' before hitting enter. So somehow Fedora read this not as the word password but as something else, so I cannot log in, evening use the word password.
Whenever I try to log into root, the following occures:

[root@struik img]# mysql -u root -p
ERROR 1045 (28000): Access denied for user 'root'@'localhost' (using password: YES)

My question obviously is, what did Fedora Think I had entered for a password if not the word password? How can I enter this strange string with a return in it so I can log in to the MySQL server and change the password or can I change it some other way, short of reinstalling the whole Fedora installation.

Thanks in advance for your help.
Old 07-15-2005, 09:28 PM   #2
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strange thing indeed...
for a password recovery try this:
Old 07-17-2005, 05:04 AM   #3
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Bash understood this to mean:
which is the same as
Old 07-18-2005, 11:57 AM   #4
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Solution Found

Although I wasn't able top get the instructions from the tutorial mentioned above to work, it did prompt me to a few new ideas and I was able to locate a sollution at
Thanks for your help.


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