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I accidently removed root user from mysqld:

DROP USER 'root'@'localhost'; Query OK, 0 rows affected (0.00 sec)

Now I am unable to do anything (as expected), but I would like to understand the recovery steps. How to continue now, or am I doomed?

I've even followed the steps from another thread (I believe I've deleted MySQL root user, how do I recreate it?), but it doesn't work either

Basically I would like to know how to start afresh, if possible

  • What does "it doesn't work" mean? – blm Jan 18 '16 at 17:40
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Stop MySQL service.
Run mysqld_safe --skip-grant-tables &
Type mysql -u root -p and press enter.
Enter your password.
At the mysql command line enter: use mysql;

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