MySQL auth_socket on Ubuntu 20.04

I was following this guide on MySQL installation, and it states that I should create a user with the following general statement:

CREATE USER 'username'@'host' IDENTIFIED WITH authentication_plugin BY 'password';

I assume that if I’m using auth_socket I don’t have to bother with ‘By ‘password’’

Any help would be appreciated :)



*edit: it also mentions Note that even though you’ve set a password for the root MySQL user, this user is not currently configured to authenticate with a password when connecting to the MySQL shell. but doesn’t ever seem to change this (only authentication for the created user)?


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Hi @nickwoodward,

Users authenticated by the auth_socket need not specify a password when connecting to the server. However, users authenticated by the auth_socket plugin are restricted from connecting remotely; they can only connect from the local host through the Unix socket file.

Can you please let me know how exactly have you tried configuring this user as well?

In Ubuntu systems running MySQL 5.7 (and later versions), the root MySQL user is set to authenticate using the auth_socket plugin by default rather than with a password. This plugin requires that the name of the operating system user that invokes the MySQL client matches the name of the MySQL user specified in the command.

Regards, KFSys