MySQL root password change

I have been trying to reset my MySQL root password. I have run mysqld_safe --skip-grant-tables, updated the root password, and checked the user table to make sure it is there. Once restarting the mysql daemon I tried logging in with the new root password that I just set and still get Access denied for user ‘root’ errors. I have also tried completely removing and reinstalling mysql (including removing the my.cnf file) and still no luck. Does anyone have any suggestions on what I can do next?

Thanks in advance


Found it! I forgot to hash the password when I changed it. I used this query to solve my problem:

update user set password=PASSWORD('NEW PASSWORD') where user='root';

I forgot the PASSWORD('NEW PASSWORD') and just put in the new password in plain text

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