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How to reset MySQL root password from command line

Because you will mess this up and need to reset the password from the command line. SSH into your server and:

    su -
    sudo service mysqld stop
    sudo mysqld_safe --skip-grant-tables

That's stopping MySQL on Red Hat family. If you have something else, just go lie in the road and die.

Then open a new terminal:

    mysql -u root
    UPDATE mysql.user SET Password=PASSWORD('password') WHERE User='root';
    sudo service mysqld start

Yay! Now go screw up something else.