I'm currently attempting to define a new user using the following:

mysql> GRANT ALL PRIVILEGES ON simple_cms_development.* TO 'br'@'localhost' IDENTIFIED BY 'password';

However, it is unsuccessful and outputting:

ERROR 1064 (42000): You have an error in your SQL syntax; check the manual that corresponds to your MySQL server version for the right syntax to use near 'IDENTIFIED BY 'password'' at line 1

I am running MySQL 8.0.11.


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According to the MySQL Documentation, this feature was deprecated: https://dev.mysql.com/doc/refman/5.7/en/mysql-nutshell.html#mysql-nutshell-deprecations

Changes to account-management statements make the following features obsolete. They are now deprecated:

  • Using GRANT to create users. Instead, use CREATE USER. Following this practice makes the NO_AUTO_CREATE_USER SQL mode immaterial for GRANT statements, so it too is deprecated.

  • Using GRANT to modify account properties other than privilege assignments. This includes authentication, SSL, and resource-limit properties. Instead, establish such properties at account-creation time with CREATE USER or modify them afterward with ALTER USER.

The solution is to use two separate statements. One to ALTER USER, then a second to GRANT privs.

GRANT ALL PRIVILEGES ON simple_cms_development.* TO 'br'@'localhost';
  • It does appear to be deprecated and your solution does indeed work. Many thanks
    – Brennan
    Jun 20, 2018 at 22:36

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