I have one master and one slave replicating great, but the master is about to have both it's hostname and IP changed. In master.info on the slave server I see the current hostname for the master, if I shutdown the slave server, change the hostname in that file and then restart MySQL will that be all I need? No usernames/passwords etc are changing.

If I used CHANGE MASTER queries instead it looks like it will require re-setting the binlog position etc?

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Once you change the MASTER_HOST, everything else needs to change with it.

The "dark back-alley" approach you just suggested is exactly what to do.

Warning: Some systems use "mysqld" versus "mysql". 
The --skip-slave-restart "option" may not available without editing your
/etc/init.d/mysqld script to include this as a new option. 
If used, it will still start the slave upon startup.</p>

On the Slave, run these four lines:

cd /var/lib/mysql  
service mysql stop  
cp master.info master.info.bak
wc -l < master.info

The last line echoes the number of lines in master.info

Next, vi master.info and change the IP address.

Next, run wc -l < master.info and make sure the linecount is still the same

Next, start mysql without starting replication

service mysql start --skip-slave-start

Login to MySQL, and run


If the IP address you added appears, then run


If you see Slave_IO_Running : Yes and Slave_SQL_Running : Yes, Congratulations !!!

Give it a Try !!!

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    Hey i was reading this linuxsysadminblog.com/2008/07/… Why not doing it like this? STOP SLAVE; SHOW SLAVE STATUS; Master_Log_File: mysql-bin.000101 Read_Master_Log_Pos: 591523680 CHANGE MASTER TO MASTER_HOST='NEW IP ADDRESS', MASTER_LOG_FILE='mysql-bin.000101', MASTER_LOG_POS=591523680; START SLAVE;
    – bicycle
    Feb 24, 2014 at 11:13
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    FOR anyone trying to be lazy: If you specify the MASTER_HOST or MASTER_PORT option, the slave assumes that the master server is different from before, the old values for the master binary log file name and position are considered no longer applicable
    – Jerry Chin
    Aug 26, 2019 at 3:28

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