Slightly OT, Issue with mysql 5.0 and root password

Since upgrading my MacBook to leopard I've been experiencing a
frustrating issue with MySQL.

I installed rb-mysql using macports, which installed mysql 5 as well.

The problem is that unlike before I can't get into mysql as the root
user without explicitly providing a root password, even though the
root password is empty.

Macintosh:test rick$ mysql5 -u root
ERROR 1045 (28000): Access denied for user 'root'@'localhost' (using
password: YES)
Macintosh:test rick$ mysql5 -u root -p
Enter password:
Welcome to the MySQL monitor. Commands end with ; or \g.
Your MySQL connection id is 19
Server version: 5.0.51 Source distribution

Type 'help;' or '\h' for help. Type '\c' to clear the buffer.

Since this is a development only machine, I really want to have an
empty root mysql password. Before, logging in as root worked with no
-p option.

This issue seems to be wreaking havoc with my ability to run Rails
regression tests.

Has anyone seen this and have any insight as to how to get MySQL 5 to
work without prompting for a blank password?

The problem is that unlike before I can't get into mysql as the root
user without explicitly providing a root password, even though the
root password is empty.

Macintosh:test rick$ mysql5 -u root
ERROR 1045 (28000): Access denied for user 'root'@'localhost' (using
password: YES)

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Looks like wrong password is provided even if you don't specify it.
Can you check MySQL configuration files, maybe macports installer put
options into it? Look for /etc/my.cnf, ~/.my.cnf, $MYSQL_HOME/my.cnf
if you see something like:

[client]
user = root
password = sometpass

that may be it.

Regards,
Rimantas

Thanks, that was basically it. I figured it out earlier today.