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You can recover MySQL database server password in 6 easy steps. We recommend that you first back up your database before taking these steps.
1. Stop MySQL service: /etc/init.d/mysql stop or rcmysql stop
2. Start the MySQL server without a password: mysqld_safe --skip-grant-tables &
3. Connect to the MySQL server: mysql -u root
4. Set a new MySQL root user password (note - include the semicolon at the end of each command as shown):
mysql> use mysql;
mysql> update user set password=PASSWORD("[new password]") where User='root';
EXAMPLE: update user set password=PASSWORD("gW83#n67H") where User='root';
5. Stop MySQL server: /etc/init.d/mysql stop or rcmysql stop
6. Start MySQL server: /etc/init.d/mysql start or rcmysql start
7. Test the new password: mysql -u root -p
If working, the password will allow access and show the following: