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Trying to find a way in by going through checklist of possible reasons I am locked out of mysql and one, I read, is to determine if I have grant tables.

-bash-4.1# cd /var
-bash-4.1# ls
cache  empty  lib    lock  mail  opt       run    tmp  yp
db     games  local  log   nis   preserve  spool  www
-bash-4.1# ls db

Apparently I am supposed to see a file named user.MYD in the db directory. I don't even remember if I created a db after reinstall but I see 'db' there so that must be it(?)

Is there a way I can drop the database and recreate one without access in?

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If there's anything, it should reside in /var/lib/mysql.

Anyway, you could start mysql in safe mode that disables authentication, e.g

# /etc/init.d/mysql stop # depend on your distribution
# mysqld_safe --user=mysql --skip-grant-tables --skip-networking &

Now change the password:

# mysql -u root mysql
mysql> UPDATE user SET Password=PASSWORD('newpassword') where USER='root';
mysql> quit

Afterwards, kill mysqld and restart the service

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Why do you need to start in safe mode, for security ? –  freja Nov 29 '12 at 9:40
@freja that disables password auth –  warl0ck Nov 29 '12 at 9:41
Ok thanks, anyway weirdly I was able to get in and change username and password. –  freja Nov 29 '12 at 12:34
@freja oh, what you mean by locked out then –  warl0ck Nov 29 '12 at 12:41
it is a mystery to me. I was completely locked out and then all of a sudden I could get in as root where before couldn't. No syntax error. –  freja Nov 29 '12 at 12:43

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