MySQL Database Server Installation and Configuration in Debian

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Install Mysql database server in Debian

#apt-get install mysql-server mysql-client libmysqlclient15-dev

This will install all the required packages for mysql database server.

Now you need to configure MySQL to listen on all interfaces, not just localhost for this you need to edit /etc/mysql/my.cnf and comment out the line bind-address = save and exit the file.

#vi /etc/mysql/my.cnf

#bind-address =

Now you need to restart MySQL server using the following command

#/etc/init.d/mysql restart

Testing Mysql Networking

Now you need to check that networking is enabled or not using the following commnd.

#netstat -tap

In the output you should see similar to the following line

tcp 0 0 *:mysql *:* LISTEN 3281/mysqld

Setting Mysql Root password

Irf you want to set Mysql Root password use the following command

#mysqladmin -u root password mysqlrootpassword

In the above command you need to replace mysqlrootpassword with your secret password

Once you set the root password you can test this password using the following command

#mysqladmin -h serverip -u root password mysqlrootpassword

Once you loggedin in to the mysql database you should see the following mysql prompt


If you want to install web interface or GUI tool for Mysql check here

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4 thoughts on “MySQL Database Server Installation and Configuration in Debian

  1. how to remove mysql-server mysql-client libmysqlclient15-dev Says: Your comment is awaiting moderation.
    June 17th, 2009 at 2:25 pm
    how can you remove all I did aboveā€¦.I mean

    mysql-server mysql-client libmysqlclient15-dev???

    I tried apt-get remove mysql-server mysql-client libmysqlclient15-dev

    but apparently it doesnt do it completely, anyone help please?

  2. You could try

    apt-get purge
    apt-get autoclean

    that should clean it all up for ya after you

    apt-get remove mysql-server mysql-client libmysqlclient15-dev

  3. Hi

    I installed mysql&co with your comand. after I set with mysqladmin -u root password mysqlrootpassword the root password.

    But now I got following message, if I try to connect on my host (localhost)
    error: ‘Access denied for user ‘root’@’localhost’

    What can it be?
    Thanx for help

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