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can't connect to mysql database locally but can connect to remotely

Dear esteem experts:

I got a funny situation here for my Mysql database server. I can connect to this database from a remote server but can't through local terminal.

here is the output I got:

[root@hera ~]# mysql -u root -h localhost -p
Enter password:
ERROR 1045 (28000): Access denied for user 'root'@'localhost' (using password: YES)
[root@hera ~]#

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but I can connect through a windows server:

C:\Program Files\MySQL\MySQL Server 5.5\bin>mysql -u root -p -h hera.minkagroup.
net
Enter password: ********
Welcome to the MySQL monitor.  Commands end with ; or \g.
Your MySQL connection id is 8871
Server version: 5.1.61 Source distribution

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mysql>



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I guess my predecessor set up some permission limit like only permit "root" user to connect from a specific machine. Would you guys help me trouble shoot this.

thank you.
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Jason Yu
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Jason Yu
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Dave BaldwinFixer of ProblemsCommented:
MySQL users are created with a username, password, and connection.  It sounds like the 'localhost' version of 'root' has been deleted and the remote connection version has been created.  I suggest you use the remote login to create a localhost copy of the 'root' user with the same password but 'localhost' as the connection.

It is Strongly advised that you do not allow a remote connection as 'root' because 'root' can do... or Undo everything.  Remote users should have more limited privileges so they can't destroy you databases and server.

More info here: http://dev.mysql.com/doc/refman/5.5/en/adding-users.html
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