How to Change the MySQL password in SuSE Linux Enterprise Server 10 and 11

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Environment

SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10 Service Pack 1
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10 Service Pack 2
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10 Service Pack 3
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10 Service Pack 4
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 Service Pack 1
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 Service Pack 2

Situation

How to Change the MySQL password in SuSE Linux Enterprise Server 10 and 11

Resolution

Steps to change the administrator password on SLES10 and 11:

1.) Ensure that mysqld and mysql aren't loaded
rcmysql stop
pkill mysql

2.) Run the following command from the server to load mysql without reading in user accounts
mysqld_safe --skip-grant-tables &

3.) Hit Enter to return to the command prompt

4.) Launch the mysql console and load the mysql database
mysql --user=root mysql

5.) Change the password
UPDATE user SET Password=PASSWORD('newpassword') WHERE User='root';
flush privileges;
exit;

NOTE: The word PASSWORD in the Password=PASSWORD('newpassword) line, is part of the command, change only the word newpassword to your new password.

6.) Test the change
mysql -u root -p
enter the new password when prompted....if it the mysql> prompt is displayed the change worked.

7.) restart the mysql services
rcmysql stop
pkill mysql
rcmysql start
mysql -u root -p
(then enter the password when prompted)
NOTE:  This last command is optional, but a good second test to confirm the password change.

Disclaimer

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  • Document ID:7009745
  • Creation Date: 15-Nov-2011
  • Modified Date:03-Mar-2020
    • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server

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