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I installed MySQL on a Mac OSX Snow Leopard and got the mysql service started but I couldn't login as root to reset the password.

  1. Couldn't login as root either.

    $ ./mysql -u root ERROR 1045 (28000): Access denied for user 'root'@'localhost' (using password: NO)

  2. Neither did mysqladmin work

    ./mysqladmin -u root password "password" ./mysqladmin: connect to server at 'localhost' failed error: 'Access denied for user 'root'@'localhost' (using password: NO)'

How do set/reset my MySQL password ?

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Try a blank password like - mysql -u root -p mysql password option – arunkumar Oct 15 '11 at 12:51
Tried that - doesnt log in. – anjanesh Oct 15 '11 at 13:01

Make sure you are first logged into your local system as root, and then reset the password with mysqladmin like:

./mysqladmin -u root password "password" 
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