I recently upgraded from mysql-community 5.7.4 to 5.7.8. All packages show the newer version is correctly installed. I reinitialized my database using mysqld --initialize and corresponding steps. I then restored from a full dump using the standard method (ie, zcat dumpfile.gz | mysql). The server started up fine; I was able to start slave and catch up to the master, still running on 5.7.4. Now the weirdness begins. The user tables don't match. Even if I stop slave and restart my mysqld process, the following (and similar) commands do something strange:

create user 'test'@'%' identified by 'test334455' ;

It puts the hash into the "plugin" field of the user table:

mysql> select user,host,password,plugin,authentication_string from user where user='test';
| user | host | password | plugin                                    | authentication_string |
| test | %    |          | *443C443E4789A416587C0A5892C7D345B73B9B3B | NULL                  |

To make sure this isn't some weird package-specific bug, I initialized a new database and with a separate mysqld process, verifies the command works as expected. Somehow restoring from a dump or connecting as a slave to an older version causes the problem.

However, existing user entries (ones restored from the dump) are correct and work just fine.

UPDATE: It appears the password field was removed between 5.7.5 and 5.7.6, but the restore-from-dump (not replication!) recreated the column; but the current version's create user commands still assume a particular order to the columns (** facepalm **).

So the Question now is: How do I safely update the master database on 5.7.4 to 5.7.8, preferably without dump/restore?

UPDATE: The Mysql documentation does indeed cover this particular quirk, more or less, on a page well-worth bookmarking (Because really, MySQL, you have no shame in making incompatible changes to sub-minor versions.) https://dev.mysql.com/doc/refman/5.7/en/upgrading-from-previous-series.html

  • Which databases are you replicating? If you replicate the mysql you'll probably run into problems.
    – dwjv
    Commented Oct 8, 2015 at 10:45
  • Updated question: it wasn't the replication. It was restoring from dump without doing the mysql_upgrade.
    – Otheus
    Commented Oct 8, 2015 at 11:33
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    Wow, some bad coding from MySQL there then. Column names should be explicit.
    – dwjv
    Commented Oct 8, 2015 at 11:43
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    File a bug at bugs.mysql.com
    – Rick James
    Commented Oct 23, 2015 at 1:46

1 Answer 1


mysql_upgrade is your friend

mysql_upgrade examines all tables in all databases for incompatibilities with the current version of MySQL Server. mysql_upgrade also upgrades the system tables so that you can take advantage of new privileges or capabilities that might have been added.

  • This might be the answer I needed. testing
    – Otheus
    Commented Oct 8, 2015 at 11:31
  • Hello @Otheus, were you able to use mysql_upgrade? Commented Oct 12, 2015 at 9:27
  • For operational purposes, I had to back out of the upgrade completely, revert to the prior version of MySQL, and do a full rsync from the master. I get to try again soon. Upvoting for now. :)
    – Otheus
    Commented Oct 13, 2015 at 15:27

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