I dont remember the details of the past 'experience' but,
did you try a simple:
mysql -uroot -p -h127.0.0.1 -P3306?
and also an anomymous login:
also make sure you remove the anonymous account if present, sometimes it
introduces strange behaviours as the one you described.
and as suggested already you should see if the grant tables were actually
2011/7/22 Shawn Green (MySQL) <shawn.l.green@stripped>
> On 7/22/2011 17:02, Shawn Green (MySQL) wrote:
>> ... quick correction ...
>> * ...the account 'root' for a new installation is*
>> created without a password. ...
> I originally said 'is not'. Sorry for the confusion
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