I installed mysql/phpmyadmin/apache on a linux box for internal network use only. I don't have the strongest understanding of MySQL.

Hostname: server.domain.lan
  • After I installed MySQL I ran mysqladmin -u root password STRONGPASSWORD
  • I edited /etc/my.conf and set the bind-address to

I am trying to set up a system to run on my LAN that I can upload websites to that need to create databases.

Screenshot from phpMyAdmin of the Privileges menu:


So my questions are:

  • Why are there 3 root accounts?
  • What do I need to do to configure MySQL to allow remote connections from the root account so I can create databases, etc?

(Sorry I'm kind of new to MySQL so I'm not certain that I'm even asking the correct questions...)

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root@localhost allows a root user to connect to mysql locally from the DB server using the mysql socket file.

[email protected] allows a root user to connect to mysql locally from the DB server using the TCP/IP protocol. (Trust me, you will be needing this one. MySQL has a nasty bug in it. The bug sometimes causes the mysql socket file to disappear rendering root@localhost useless. You will need to connect using [email protected] if this ever happens to you)

[email protected] allows a root user to connect to mysql from server.domain.lan using DNS (Dynamic Naming Services)

You could create root@'%' but I highly recommend you do not.

I would also recommend using a different password for each root user.

  • The bug that you mentioned in your answer, is it fixed now? or does it still exist?
    – its_me
    Commented Sep 12, 2013 at 18:14
  • @its_me I finally discovered one way to recreate the problem: If you attempt to start mysqld with mysqld already running, sometimes the socket file gets deleted. I have seen other occasions when the socket file was gone without this happening. It's not a MySQL-centric issue. Sometimes, external factors in the OS may also be to blame. Commented Sep 12, 2013 at 18:20

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