I am not able to log in to MySQL as you suggested. I get this response
root@server1:/home/bigal# MySQL -u root -p
ERROR 1045 (28000): Access denied for user 'root'@'localhost' (using password: YES)
I am at a loss to explain where I could have entered another password. I have used two. One is my user and one as my root password. What is more, now I do not know what my MySQL password could be, or, even if I did know, how I could go about changing it.
By the way, I tried to access MySQL both from my user account as well as when I was root, and tried both passwords, both times.