Trying to set MySQL root password results in error

I'm still very new to MySQL and Debian, but have been reading a lot during the last days.

I have a root account to a virtual machine that I want to use for Wordpress. One thing I read was that I should password protect MySQL because by default root user doesn't need a password for it.

I read someone doing it like this:

 mysql> mysqladmin -u root password mypassword;

But that gives me the following error:

ERROR 1064 (42000): You have an error in your SQL syntax; check the manual that     corresponds to your MySQL server version for the right syntax to use near 'mysqladmin -u     root password mypassword' at line 1


You are running the command from within mysql, but the command is actually meant to be run directly from the terminal.

mysqladmin -u root password mypassword

If you are already in mysql within terminal, type exit then enter your mysqladmin command.

Tags: Mysql / Wordpress / Debian

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