Recover Root Account

Step # 1: Stop the MySQL server process.

# /etc/init.d/mysqld stop

Step # 2: Start the MySQL (mysqld) server/daemon process with the --skip-grant-tables option so that it will not prompt for password.

# mysqld_safe --skip-grant-tables &

Step # 3: Connect to mysql server as the root user.

# mysql -u root

Step # 4: Setup new mysql root account password i.e. reset mysql password.

mysql> use mysql;
mysql> update user set password=PASSWORD("NEW-ROOT-PASSWORD") where User='root';
mysql> flush privileges;
mysql> quit

Step # 5: Restart the MySQL server.

# /etc/init.d/mysql stop
# /etc/init.d/mysql start

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