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Resetting MAMP’s MySQL Root User Password

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Those of you familiar with MAMP will no doubt know that MAMP’s MySQL root user password is set to root by default and changing it is not as straightforward as it perhaps should be.

I’ve previously described a way of successfully changing the root user password providing, of course, that you know the current password. If you’ve forgotten it, this method will not work and a way of re-setting the password is required.

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Fixing WordPress “404 Object Not Found” Errors on a Mac OS X Local Server Environment

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Installing WordPress on a local server environment is fairly straight forward. There are numerous guides to be found on the Internet that’ll walk you through each step.

However, if your local server environment is running on a Mac, the local Apache server may have some difficulty serving WordPress posts and pages resulting in Error 404 Object not found! errors. These errors can often be attributed to the use of custom or so-called pretty permalinks.

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Starting MAMP’s Apache and MySQL Servers at Login

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Whether using XAMPP or MAMP to provide a local server environment I prefer to have the respective Apache and MySQL servers start when I login.

With XAMPP I use a launch daemon and this works perfectly. With MAMP it’s even easier as there’s an option to Start Servers when starting MAMP in MAMP’s preferences. I only need to add MAMP.app to my Login Items and MAMP’s servers will be up and running after logging in.

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Changing the MySQL Root User Password in MAMP

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Having recently changed my local testing server environment from XAMPP to MAMP v2.0.5 I wanted to change the password for the MySQL root user. By default it’s set to root.

Changing the MySQL password for the root user was straightforward enough, but locating and editing the files to reflect the new password was a different story. Failure to update all the necessary files results in MAMP reporting the following error:

/Applications/MAMP/Library/bin/mysqlcheck: Got error: 1045: Access denied for user 'root'@'localhost' (using password: YES) when trying to connect

 

 

Information on MAMP’s own site appeared incomplete and other documentation I found — while helpful — was for versions of MAMP prior to version 2.

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Assigning a Locally Networked Computer a Static IP Address in Mac OS X

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Each computer connected to a local network is assigned a dynamic IP address. On occasion it’s useful, if not essential, to assign a static IP address instead. As an example, port forwarding requires the destination computer on a local network to have a static IP address.

Using OS X Lion 10.7.1, I’ll describe two ways of assigning a static IP address to a computer on a local network.

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Problems Sending Mail Using iPhone

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Recently I’d been having problems sending mail from one of the mail accounts on my iPhone. No error message. The mail just wasn’t being sent. Re-booting the iPhone appeared to sometimes fix the problem, but I couldn’t put my finger on exactly what the issue was until I noticed when it was happening.

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Snow Leopard 10.6.3 Update Woes

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In the 10 or so years I’ve been using Macs I can’t remember an Apple software update ever adversely affecting one of the many I’ve owned. That is until the recent 10.6.3 update.

Being a bit of a software-update junkie I installed the standalone 10.6.3 update on my late-2007 24″ iMac within hours of its release. Perhaps I should have heeded the calls of those more level-headed users and waited.

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