systemdis now used to look after mySQL instead of
mysqld_safe(which is why you get the
-bash: mysqld_safe: command not founderror – it’s not installed)
usertable structure has changed.
So to reset the root password, you still start mySQL with
--skip-grant-tables options and update the
user table, but how you do it has changed.
1. Stop mysql: systemctl stop mysqld 2. Set the mySQL environment option systemctl set-environment MYSQLD_OPTS="--skip-grant-tables" 3. Start mysql usig the options you just set systemctl start mysqld 4. Login as root mysql -u root 5. Update the root user password with these mysql commands mysql> UPDATE mysql.user SET authentication_string = PASSWORD('MyNewPassword') -> WHERE User = 'root' AND Host = 'localhost'; mysql> FLUSH PRIVILEGES; mysql> quit *** Edit *** As mentioned my shokulei in the comments, for 5.7.6 and later, you should use mysql> ALTER USER 'root'@'localhost' IDENTIFIED BY 'MyNewPass'; Or you'll get a warning 6. Stop mysql systemctl stop mysqld 7. Unset the mySQL envitroment option so it starts normally next time systemctl unset-environment MYSQLD_OPTS 8. Start mysql normally: systemctl start mysqld Try to login using your new password: 7. mysql -u root -p