Error connecting to MySQL: Access denied for user: 'da_admin@localhost' (Using password: YES)
Last Modified: Aug 26, 2020, 3:14 pm
When connecting to the MySQL screens in DirectAdmin, if this error appears, that would indicated that the "da_admin" user has not been setup correctly. To resolve this do the following.
Desired root password:
Desired da_admin password:
Make sure the root mysql password works. If you know it, skip to 2). The mysql root password can be found in the /usr/local/directadmin/scripts/setup.txt if it has not been deleted. It's under the header "mysql=". If it cannot be found, then mysqld we need to reset it, and may need to restarted with the --skip-grant-tables option depending on server version.
For MariaDB 10.4 and up, this is not required and we can gain root access without a password or restarts:
and reset the password with:
and skip to step #2, below.
For MySQL 5.7 and higher on CentOS/RHEL and Debian/Ubuntu please use:
service mysqld stop
mysqld_safe --skip-grant-tables &
That should start up mysql without the need for a root password. Type the following to reset the password now for MySQL 5.7 and higher:
mysql mysql -e "UPDATE mysql.user SET authentication_string=null WHERE user='root'; FLUSH PRIVILEGES;"
For all the other versions of MySQL/MariaDB:
mysql mysql -e "UPDATE mysql.user SET password=PASSWORD('rootpass') WHERE user='root'; FLUSH PRIVILEGES;"
That will reset the root password for you. That will reset the root password for you.
For MySQL 5.7 and higheron CentOS/RHEL and Debian/Ubuntu please type the following to unset "--skip-grant-tables" option for the service:
systemctl unset-environment MYSQLD_OPTS
systemctl stop mysqld
systemctl start mysqld
mysql -uroot --connect-expired-password -e "ALTER USER 'root'@'localhost' IDENTIFIED BY 'rootpass';"
For all the other versions of MySQL/MariaDB type:
killall -9 mysqld_safe
killall -9 mysqld
service mysqld start
Once the root mysql password is set and known, then you can begin the process of resetting the da_admin mysql user.
mysql -uroot -p
Then press enter. You'll be asked for the password.
Once in mysql, type:
ALTER USER 'da_admin'@'localhost' IDENTIFIED BY 'daadminpass';
GRANT ALL PRIVILEGES ON *.* TO da_admin@localhost WITH GRANT OPTION;
That should set the password for da_admin in mysql.
Now we need to make sure it's setup correctly for DA to use. Edit /usr/local/directadmin/conf/mysql.conf and set
Test it out in DirectAdmin.
Some system have a /root/.my.cnf file with a preset password. This will override the value set in DA. If you're getting a similar error during backups or restores, try deleting or renaming your /root/.my.cnf so that it doesn't conflict.