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Giving users access via wildcard

MySQL expert Scott Noyes explains how to grant users access from any location using the 'wildcard.'

I am using MySQL Administrator to control MySQL. When I create users with MySQL Administrator, I can't access MySQL from any other applications. I can access only through "root" and without password. Why is this happening? How can I fix it?

Try granting that user some privileges.

If that doesn't solve the problem, check the user's host. Using Query Browser or the command line client, while connected as root, issue the following command:

SELECT user, host FROM mysql.user WHERE user = 'theUserYouCreated';

Check the `host` field. If it is set to the wildcard "%," your user should be able to connect from anywhere. If it is set to "localhost," your user can only connect from the server on which MySQL is running. Use the GRANT statement to give user access from "%."

This was first published in September 2006

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