On Debian based systems:
apt-get install mysql-server mysql-client
Installs client and server bits on the box.
Once it’s installed set a password for root:
mysqladmin -u root password passwordyouwanttoset
To enable remote logins, edit my.cnf (/etc/mysql)
Bind mysql to a particular IP by setting one at the line:
bind-address = ip to bind to
Save and restart mysql:
If you want remote access for root, not entirely secure but handy for testing purposes. First make sure all root accounts have the password set.
mysql -u root -puse mysqlUPDATE user SET password = PASSWORD('newpassword')WHERE user = 'root';FLUSH PRIVILEGES;
This makes sure any accounts names root have the password set.
To enable the root account the right to login from a different host:
mysql -uroot -puse mysqlSELECT user, host FROM user;
This shows the hosts that users are allowed to login from. There should be a listing for the root user with the host set to the name of the myslq box. Make a note of the host name. We want to change it so we can log in from any remote source, % is the wildcard to allow that.
UPDATE user SET host = '%' WHERE user = 'root' and host = 'existing host name';
substitute your own host name for ‘existing host name’