mysql_setpermission is a Perl script that was originally written and
contributed by Luuk de Boer. It interactively sets permissions in the
MySQL grant tables. mysql_setpermission is written in Perl and
requires that the DBI and DBD::mysql Perl modules be installed (see
Section 2.12, "Perl Installation Notes").
Invoke mysql_setpermission like this:
shell> mysql_setpermission [options]
options should be either --help to display the help message, or options
that indicate how to connect to the MySQL server. The account used when
you connect determines which permissions you have when attempting to
modify existing permissions in the grant tables.
mysql_setpermissions also reads options from the [client] and [perl]
groups in the .my.cnf file in your home directory, if the file exists.
mysql_setpermission supports the following options:
Display a help message and exit.
Connect to the MySQL server on the given host.
The password to use when connecting to the server. The password
value is not optional for this option, unlike for other MySQL
Specifying a password on the command line should be considered
insecure. See Section 126.96.36.199, "End-User Guidelines for Password
Security". You can use an option file to avoid giving the password
on the command line.
The TCP/IP port number to use for the connection.
For connections to localhost, the Unix socket file to use.
MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. See the GNU
General Public License for more details.
You should have received a copy of the GNU General Public License along
with the program; if not, write to the Free Software Foundation, Inc.,
51 Franklin Street, Fifth Floor, Boston, MA 02110-1301 USA or see
For more information, please refer to the MySQL Reference Manual, which
may already be installed locally and which is also available online at
Oracle Corporation (http://dev.mysql.com/).
MySQL 5.5 06/15/2018 MYSQL_SETPERMISSION(1)
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