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MYSQL 4.1 CREATING HEADACHE: /usr/bin/mysqladmin: unable to change password; error: 'Access denied for user ''@'localhost' to database 'mysql''

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Good afternoon,

In the case below, MySQL has been installed via YaST using Suse's 9.3 Professional CD's. I have SuSE 9.3 running on an IBM xSeries 306 blade.

Server version: 4.1.10a
Host: ( also within my /etc/hosts file (see below)
Host IP's (Apache server [same server]):,,,, and
I am logging in as the root user

Below is the ongoing issue I am having:

linux:~ # /etc/init.d/mysql start
Starting service MySQL                                                done
linux:~ # /usr/bin/mysqladmin -u root password 'new-password' (THIS COMMAND WAS SUGGESTED JUST AFTER RUNNING MYSQL FOR THE FIRST TIME AFTER INSTALLING OFF SUSE 9.3's CD'S).

Here is the disappointing result:
/usr/bin/mysqladmin: unable to change password; error: 'Access denied for user ''@'localhost' to database 'mysql''

To show that the server itself is alright:

linux:~ # mysql
Welcome to the MySQL monitor.  Commands end with ; or \g.
Your MySQL connection id is 2 to server version: 4.1.10a

Type 'help;' or '\h' for help. Type '\c' to clear the buffer.



# IP-Address  Full-Qualified-Hostname  Short-Hostname
#       localhost linux

Webmin will not allow me to change the root password either, nor create/delete anything.

Any suggestions would be much appreciated!

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