[CentOS] mysql problems

John Newbigin jnewbigin at ict.swin.edu.au
Tue May 16 04:15:47 UTC 2006

So plesk has some bugs... why re-install mysql?  If you don't know the 
password you can just start it up with --skip-grant-tables and set a new 

I don't know why but it seems common for mysql apps to screw up the root 
account (mediawiki did this recently).  The solution? don't put your 
root password into an untrusted application.  Create a new account using 
the mysql command line client and then give those details to your 


William Warren wrote:

> I installed plesk(first mistake at least here..<G>) and it got in my way 
> in some area more than it helped.  The first thing it did was deny root 
> access to mysqld and i could not find the username and password for 
> adding another database.  I removed plesk and mysql.  when i used yum to 
> reinstall mysql i was then told root @ localhost was denied.  I removed 
> mysql again and nuked all of the mysql files i could find that were left 
> behind.  Now when i reinstall it won't even start.  Any ideas?

John Newbigin
Computer Systems Officer
Faculty of Information and Communication Technologies
Swinburne University of Technology
Melbourne, Australia

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