What version of mysql a you using? Drop user works differently for versions before 5.0.2.
You could just remove the user from the mysql.user table with a delete statement.
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From: Carlos Williams <carloswill@stripped>
Sent: Wednesday, September 30, 2009 12:47 PM
Subject: Re: Unable To Remove User
On Tue, Sep 29, 2009 at 11:36 PM, mos <mos99@stripped> wrote:
> Why don't you just say "Drop User carlos"?
> Also are you logged in as root?
In my original message to the board I demonstrated the error I get on
my server when I attempt to run the 'drop user 'carlos'@'localhost';
command. Why can't I remove this user from MySQL? I am logged in as
root on both Linux and MySQL so I don't see why I can't remove
'carlos'@'localhost'. It's as if MySQL doesn't understand this user
exist. He might not exist because I can't login as him however I need
this entry removed from the "user" table.
[root@tiger ~]# mysql -u root -p
Welcome to the MySQL monitor. Commands end with ; or \g.
Your MySQL connection id is 9
Server version: 5.1.38 Source distribution
mysql> show grants for 'carlos'@'localhost';
ERROR 1141 (42000): There is no such grant defined for user 'carlos'
on host 'localhost'
mysql> use mysql;
Reading table information for completion of table and column names
You can turn off this feature to get a quicker startup with -A
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