How Do I Reset MySQL Root Password?

Linode Staff

Hey there,

I'm running a MySQL DB on my Linode that runs Ubuntu 14.04, but I don't remember the MySQL root password. I tried running through some guides, but kept running into issues which I've included below:

[email protected]:~# sudo /etc/init.d/mysql stop
stop: Unknown instance:
[email protected]:~# sudo mysqld_safe --skip-grant-tables &
[1] 4670
[email protected]:~# 200611 20:17:02 mysqld_safe Can't log to error log and syslog at the same time. Remove all --log-error configuration options for --syslog to take effect.
200611 20:17:02 mysqld_safe Logging to '/var/log/mysql/error.log'.
200611 20:17:02 mysqld_safe A mysqld process already exists

[email protected]:~# sudo dpkg-reconfigure mysql-server-5.7
perl: warning: Setting locale failed.
perl: warning: Please check that your locale settings:
LANGUAGE = (unset),
LC_ALL = (unset),
LANG = "en_US.UTF-8"
are supported and installed on your system.
perl: warning: Falling back to a fallback locale ("en_US.UTF-8").
locale: Cannot set LC_CTYPE to default locale: No such file or directory
locale: Cannot set LC_ALL to default locale: No such file or directory
/usr/sbin/dpkg-reconfigure: mysql-server-5.7 is broken or not fully installed

Can someone help me figure out why this isn't working?

1 Reply

Linode Staff

Hey there -

We have another post here on the site that shows you how to change your MySQL root password, and I'll link it to you here:

I hope that helps you out!


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