Matt, Is there a space between PASSWORD and the opening parenthesis? There shouldn't be, if there is. Otherwise, your statement worked without errors for me on MySQL Version 4.0.16.max-nt.
Make sure that you are logged in as root. C : \ >select user(); Sometimes MySQL is cryptic about its error messages for security reasons. dave "Perry, Matthew (Fire Marshal's Office)" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> 10/19/2004 08:24 AM To: [EMAIL PROTECTED] cc: Subject: RE: [PHP-DB] setting root password After going to the command prompt I have done exactly this: c:\>cd C:\mysql\bin c:\mysql\bin>mysql -uroot -p mysql>SET PASSWORD FOR [EMAIL PROTECTED]('mypassword'); I get the following familiar message: You have an error on your SQL syntax. Check the manual that corresponds to your MySQL server version for the right syntax to use near 'PASSWORD('mypassword')' at line 1 Why does this not set my password correctly? -Matt _____ From: [EMAIL PROTECTED] [mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED] Sent: Monday, October 18, 2004 1:35 PM To: [EMAIL PROTECTED]; Perry, Matthew (Fire Marshal's Office) Subject: Re: [PHP-DB] setting root password If you haven't yet deleted the localhost root account, you can log onto the mysql client with: mysql> mysql -uroot -p then press enter again when it prompts you for a password. You should now be able to manage all your account info. dave "Perry, Matthew (Fire Marshal's Office)" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> 10/18/2004 01:28 PM To: [EMAIL PROTECTED] cc: Subject: [PHP-DB] setting root password I have tried the step-by-step methods listed on mysql.com for setting a root password for my local server but I keep getting the message "you must have privileges to update tables in the mysql database to be able to change passwords for others". What could I be doing incorrectly? -Matt