Debian Buster Reset MySQL/MariaDB root Password

February 19, 2020 | By the+gnu+linux+evangelist | Filed in: Tutorial.

Reset MySQL/MariaDB 5.7+ root Password Debian Buster

Hi! The Tutorial Shows You Step-by-Step How to Reset MySQL/MariaDB 5.7+ root User Password in Debian Buster 10 GNU/Linux Desktop/Server.

And I’ve tried to Reset MySQL root Pass on Debian Buster in many Ways but this was the Only one Working Solution!

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  1. First, Try to Recover Default Password
    Look into the Default MySQL Config file:

    sudo cat /etc/mysql/debian.cnf
    Then Try to Login with the Given Pass.
  2. Stop MySQL Server

    sudo service mysql stop
  3. Make the Needed Directory

    sudo mkdir /var/run/mysqld

    And Set mysql as User

    sudo chown mysql: /var/run/mysqld
  4. Start mysqld_safe

    sudo mysqld_safe --skip-grant-tables --skip-networking &
  5. Login into MySQL without Pass
    Open a New Window or Demonize the process with Ctrl+c:

    mysql -uroot mysql
  6. Setting New Pass

    UPDATE mysql.user SET authentication_string=PASSWORD('YOUR-NEW-PASS'), plugin='mysql_native_password' WHERE User='root' AND Host='localhost';

    Change ‘YOUR-NEW-PASS’ in the Above…

  7. Kill mysqld Process

    sudo pkill mysqld
  8. Restart MySQL Server

    sudo service mysql start

And with this your Issue of Resetting MySQL 5.7 Pass on Debian Buster should be Successfully Solved! ;).

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