Administrating a MySQL server

Posted on August 5, 2005. Filed under: Linux, MySQL |


Administrating a MySQL server

Setting the password:

1. From Unix:
       shell> mysql -u username -h hostname -p password
       mysql> SET PASSWORD FOR username@localhost=PASSWORD(‘new_password’);

2. Directly manipulate the privilege tables:
       shell> mysql -u username -h host -u username -p
       mysql> UPDATE user SET Password=PASSWORD(‘new_password’) WHERE user=’root’;
       mysql> FLUSH PRIVILEGES;

3. Using the mysqladmin command:
       shell> mysqladmin -u username password new_password

In our case we were able to change password specifying host name along with user name:
       shell> bin/myslqadmin u username h localhost

MySQL Permissions & Grant Tables

In order to add a new user or update user’s privileges in mysql grant tables login to mysql as a root user.

There are two options: use GRANT/REVOKE command or manipulating the MySQL grant tables directly.
The preferred method is to use GRANT statements – more concise and less error-prone.

If you modify the grant tables manually (using INSERT, UPDATE, etc.), you should execute
a FLUSH PRIVILEGES statement to tell the server to reload the grant tables.

To remove user: mysql> delete from user where user=’username’;
        mysql> FLUSH PRIVILEGES;

Examples adding a new user with different level of privileges:
  dummy: A user who can connect without a password, but only from the local host.

       mysql> GRANT USAGE ON *.* TO dummy@localhost;

myUser : A full superuser who can connect to the server from anywhere,
but who must use a password ‘pass’ to do so.
GRANT statements should be for both myUser@localhost and myUser@”%”.
to prevent the anonymous user entry for localhost take precedence.

        mysql> GRANT ALL PRIVILEGES ON *.* TO myUser@localhost
                        IDENTIFIED BY ‘pass’ WITH GRANT OPTION;
       mysql> GRANT ALL PRIVILEGES ON *.* TO myUser@”%”
                        IDENTIFIED BY ‘some_pass’ WITH GRANT OPTION;

      “%” – is a wildcard in mysql. If you are defining your DB table and in the ‘host’ field
enter ‘%’, that means that any host can access that database (Of course, that host
must also have a valid db user).

       admin: A user who can connect from localhost without a password and who is granted
the RELOAD and PROCESS administrative privileges.
No database-related privileges are granted.

          mysql> GRANT RELOAD,PROCESS ON *.* TO admin@localhost;

Add a user that has full rights to his database only but cannot see other database:
           mysql> GRANT USAGE ON *.* TO ‘user’@’host’ GRANT Select, Insert, Update, Delete,
                           Create, Drop ON `database`.* TO ‘user’@’host’ FLUSH PRIVELEGS;

The FILE privelege and WITH GRANT OPTION may not be the best way to include, it is
only in case of creating another superuser with full set of privileges or
giving privileges to load data using mysql command INLOAD DATA.

TABLE USER: Everything after “password” is a privelege granted with values ‘Y’ or ‘N’.
This table controls individual user global access rights.


TABLE DB: This controls access of USERS to databases.


TABLE HOST: This controls which HOSTS are allowed what global access rights.


HOST, USER, and DB table are very closely connected – if an authorized USER
attempts an SQL request from an unauthorized HOST, it is denied.
If a request from an authorized HOST is not an authorized USER, it is denied.
If a globally authorized USER does not have rights to a certain DB, it is denied.

Backups in MySQL

Full backup of MySql databases:
     1. shell> mysqldump –tab=/path/to/some/dir –opt –full
     2. shell> mysqlhotcopy database /path/to/some/dir
     3. simply copy all table files (`*.frm’, `*.MYD’, and `*.MYI’ files)

For a SQL level backup of a table use SELECT INTO OUTFILE or BACKUP TABLE.

           mysql> BACKUP TABLE tbl_name[,tbl_name…] TO ‘/path/to/backup/directory’
Copies to the backup directory the minimum number of table files needed to
restore the table, after flushing any buffered changes to disk.

RESTORE TABLE tbl_name[,tbl_name…] FROM ‘/path/to/backup/directory’
Restores the table(s) from the backup that was made with BACKUP TABLE.
Existing tables will not be overwritten; if you try to restore over an existing
table, you will get an error. Restoring will take longer than backing up due to
the need to rebuild the index. The more keys you have, the longer it will take.
Just as BACKUP TABLE, RESTORE TABLE currently works only for MyISAM tables.

Selective backups can be done with:
              SELECT * INTO OUTFILE ‘file_name’ FROM tbl_name
and restore with:
              LOAD DATA INFILE ‘file_name’ REPLACE …
To avoid duplicate records, you need a PRIMARY KEY or a UNIQUE key in the table.
The REPLACE keyword causes old records to be replaced with new ones when a new
record duplicates an old record on a unique key value.

Monitoring tools

The myisamchk utility is used to get information, check, repair or optimise mysql database tables:
              shell> myisamchk [options] tbl_name

With no options, myisamchk simply checks the table.

Some useful Options for myisamchk utility:

1. Print informational statistics about the table that is checked: -i or –information
2. Check only tables that have changed since the last check: -C or –check-only-changed
3. The recommended way to quickly check all tables:
              myisamchk –silent –fast /path/to/datadir/*/*.MYI

To Start the server automatically at system startup time

The mysql.server and safe_mysqld scripts can be used to start/stop the server automatically.
        shell> mysql.server start
        shell> mysql.server stop

See mysql.server in the `share/mysql’ directory or in the `support-files’ directory of the MySQL source tree.
The mysql.server script understands the following options: datadir, basedir, and pid-file.

If your system uses `/etc/rc.local’ to start external scripts, you should append the following to it:

     /bin/sh -c ‘cd /usr/local/mysql ; ./bin/safe_mysqld –user=mysql &’

The mysql.server script understands the following options: datadir, basedir, and pid-file.


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