root@DS-S007:/etc/dspam# mysql -u root –ppassword
ERROR 1045 (28000): Access denied for user 'root'@'localhost' (using password: NO)

I clearly specified a password. Why does is still say NO?

I have also tried the variation mysql -u root –p. Which usually works for me.

("password" is not what I'm actually typing.)

  • Try using only -u root -p ... that is no "password" after -p.
    – ojs
    Feb 18, 2015 at 0:28
  • I've tried that as well. It didn't work. Any other ideas?
    – Dobler
    Feb 18, 2015 at 0:37
  • Do you get the same error? Can you log in as a different user?
    – ojs
    Feb 18, 2015 at 0:38
  • I don't have any others yet. but it always says "NO" regardless of the user name.
    – Dobler
    Feb 18, 2015 at 0:40
  • 1
    Try using the long form of the command and report back. (For example, mysql --host=localhost --user=myname --password=mypass mydb.) Feb 18, 2015 at 4:07

2 Answers 2


Have you noticed that you've not put a space between -p and your password? (using password: NO)

Failing that, have you run the MySQL setup scripts? You may want to do that, since you're on Debian it should be:

# mysql_install_db

and running the security script would be

# /usr/bin/mysql_secure_installation

  • yes I know there is no space. I have tried it both ways. Yes I have run and rerun the setup scripts. Any other ideas?
    – Dobler
    Feb 18, 2015 at 12:14
  • Personally, I would try purging & reinstalling mysql (# apt-get purge mysql-server) and running the setup scripts again. Since your connection is definitely making to the server, the only thing that could be wrong is bad credentials.
    – user270795
    Feb 22, 2015 at 13:10

HopelessN00b suggested i try the long form of the command. This worked correctly. What a weird issue!

mysql --host=localhost --user=myname --password=mypass mydb

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