MySQL Basics In Pictures

TIP (continued): At the Password prompt, type:

YourRootUserPassword

Not this particular word, of course, but the actual Root password for the Linux computer.

Then press the ENTER key.

Notice the prompt has changed from

[yourusername@localhost yourusername]$

to

[root@localhost yourusername]#

There's now a # at the end of the prompt. This means you are now giving commands as the Root user. You must be the Root user to start MySQL.