mysql problem

James Gray james at
Fri Apr 25 23:55:11 UTC 2008

On 26/04/2008, at 9:44 AM, Karl Larsen wrote:

>    The apt-get install did get the mysql packages and installed them
> properly. But my old book is not correct I think for this version 5.
> When I try to get the version, or anything else with mysqladmin it  
> does
> this:
> karl at karl-desktop:~$ mysqladmin -p secret version
> Enter password:
> mysqladmin: connect to server at 'localhost' failed
> error: 'Access denied for user 'karl'@'localhost' (using password:  
> YES)'
> karl at karl-desktop:~$
>    What have I done wrong? How do I get the mysql prompt?

Try "sudo mysql" instead. IIRC the Ubuntu/Debian mysql server packages  
don't set a root password on the MySQL instance by default.   
Connecting as described earlier might get around this.  It's been a  
while since I installed MySQL on Ubuntu/Debian and I might be giving  
you a bum steer, so apologies in advance if I do :P

Bottom line, "sudo mysql" can't hurt :)


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