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Old 07-09-2008, 07:52 AM   #1
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Slackware 12.1 MySQL doesn't allow root login

I have a fresh installation of Slackware 12.1 and I'm trying to get MySQL working.

mysql_install_db says:

Installation of system tables failed!

I do get the server up and running after changing the ownership of the files under /var/lib/mysql to mysql:mysql, but MySQL still doesn't let me in:

Access denied for user 'root'@'localhost' (using password: NO)

I have not set the mysql root password, so this is probably due to the problem with mysql_install_db. What's wrong here?
Old 07-09-2008, 08:38 AM   #2
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Oops -- OK, how did you run mysql_install_db... you have to run it as root (as in logged in as root or sudo) and you have to use it with the user argument; i.e.,
<log in as root or sudo>
mysql_install_db --user=mysql
If you did not do it that way, you can blow away /var/lib/mysql (if you don't have data bases in it -- and be careful) and try it again.

You can also (after removing the /var/lib/mysql tree, carefully) use
it interactively asks questions about initialization.

See the MySQL manual, section 4.6.6 for mysql_install_db and section 4.4.7 for mysql_secure_installation

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Old 07-09-2008, 09:38 AM   #3
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Hmm... I think it was because my hostname was localhost that mysql_install_db failed...

I did not use --user=mysql the first time, but trashing /var/lib/mysql and using --user didn't fix the problem until I changed the hostname.

After changing the hostname and running mysql_install_db with --user=mysql, MySQL finally works.



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