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MySQL - Administration

Running and Shutting down MySQL Server:

First check if your MySQL server is running or not. You can use following command to check this:

 ps -ef | grep mysqld

If your MySql is running then you will see mysqld process listed out in your result. If server is not running then you can start it by using following command:

root@hoat# cd /usr/bin
./safe_mysqld &

Now if you want to shutdown an already running MySQL server then you can do it by using following command:

root@hoat# cd /usr/bin
./mysqladmin -u root -p shutdown
Enter password: ******

Setting Up a MySQL User Accounts:

For adding a new user to MySQL you just need to add a new entry to user table in database mysql.

Below is an example of adding new user guest with SELECT, INSERT and UPDATE privileges with the password guest123 the SQL query is :

root@host# mysql -u root -p
Enter password:*******
mysql> use mysql;
Database changed

mysql> INSERT INTO user 
          (host, user, password, 
           select_priv, insert_priv, update_priv) 
           VALUES ('localhost', 'guest', 
           PASSWORD('guest123'), 'Y', 'Y', 'Y');
Query OK, 1 row affected (0.20 sec)

Query OK, 1 row affected (0.01 sec)

mysql> SELECT host, user, password FROM user WHERE user = 'guest';
| host      | user    | password         |
| localhost | guest | 6f8c114b58f2ce9e |
1 row in set (0.00 sec)

When adding a new user remember to encrypt the new password using PASSWORD() function provided by MySQL. As you can see in the above example the password mypass is encrypted to 6f8c114b58f2ce9e.

Notice the FLUSH PRIVILEGES statement. This tells the server to reload the grant tables. If you don't use it then you won't be able to connect to mysql using the new user account at least until the server is rebooted.

You can also specify other privileges to a new user by setting the values of following columns in user table to 'Y' when executing the INSERT query or you can update them later using UPDATE query.

  • Select_priv
  • Insert_priv
  • Update_priv
  • Delete_priv
  • Create_priv
  • Drop_priv
  • Reload_priv
  • Shutdown_priv
  • Process_priv
  • File_priv
  • Grant_priv
  • References_priv
  • Index_priv
  • Alter_priv

Another way of adding user account is by using GRANT SQL command; Following example will ada user zara with password zara123 for a particular database called TUTORIALS.

root@host# mysql -u root -p password;
Enter password:*******
mysql> use mysql;
Database changed

    -> TO 'zara'@'localhost'
    -> IDENTIFIED BY 'zara123';

This will also create an entry in mysql database table called user.

The /etc/my.cnf File Configuration:

Most of the cases you should not touch this file. By default it will have following entries:




Here you can specify a different directory for error log, otherwise you should not change any entry in this table.

Administrative MySQL Command:

Here is the list of important MySQL command which you will use time to time to work with MySQL database:

  • USE Databasename : This will be used to select a particular database in MySQL workarea.

  • SHOW DATABASES: Lists the databases that are accessible by the MySQL DBMS.

  • SHOW TABLES: Shows the tables in the database once a database has been selected with the use command.

  • SHOW COLUMNS FROM tablename: Shows the attributes, types of attributes, key information, whether NULL is permitted, defaults, and other information for a table.

  • SHOW INDEX FROM tablename: Presents the details of all indexes on the table, including the PRIMARY KEY.

  • SHOW TABLE STATUS LIKE tablename\G: Reports details of the MySQL DBMS performance and statistics.