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Now since you are sure that you have successfully restarted the server you can check if your mysql server is actually running by running a netstat on your linux.
#service mysqld restart
This will show you all the applications which are listening on your server. The output should look something like this:
Mysql servers are running by default on port 3306 therefore if you see the port 3306 listening you are good to go. Next step is to set the root password so that noone would have passwordless access to your databases. You will be doing that by using the following command:
# netstat -ntlp Active Internet connections (only servers) Proto Recv-Q Send-Q Local Address Foreign Address State PID/Program name tcp 0 0 127.0.0.1:3306 0.0.0.0:* LISTEN 960/mysqld tcp 0 0 0.0.0.0:80 0.0.0.0:* LISTEN 904/nginx tcp 0 0 0.0.0.0:22 0.0.0.0:* LISTEN 876/sshd tcp6 0 0 :::80 :::* LISTEN 904/nginx tcp6 0 0 :::22 :::* LISTEN 876/sshd
To check that the password was configured you can login to your mysql database:
#mysqladmin -u root password 'some_very_hard_and_complicated_password'
When prompted for the password use the password which you have configured the previous step. To leave the mysql prompt just type quit or \q. In case you have lost/forgotten your mysql root password you can reset it. For that first you will need to stop the mysql server and start it in safe mode.
#mysql -u root -p Enter password: Welcome to the MySQL monitor. Commands end with ; or \g. Your MySQL connection id is 39 Server version: 5.5.37-0ubuntu0.14.04.1 (Ubuntu) Copyright (c) 2000, 2014, Oracle and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved. Oracle is a registered trademark of Oracle Corporation and/or its affiliates. Other names may be trademarks of their respective owners. Type 'help;' or '\h' for help. Type '\c' to clear the current input statement. mysql>
You should see the mysql server started and be able to log in without a password into it. Now connect to the mysql database and run the following query to reset your mysql password:
#service mysqld stop #mysqld_safe --skip-grant-tables
Kill your running mysql service and start it normally.
#mysql --user=root mysql mysql> update user set Password=PASSWORD('new-password') where user='root'; mysql> flush privileges; mysql> exit;
Now your mysql password has been reset and you can safely login to your database with your new password.
#killall -9 mysqld_safe #service mysqld start
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