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Recovering / Setting passwords

A lot of the instructions online for doing this no longer work with 5.7. The following is true for version 5.7.24-0ubuntu0.18.04.1

Obsolete instructions:

Also, you may need to create the /run/mysql folder and chown it to mysql:adm or whatever user is appropriate on your system. (You can determine what user:group MySQL is using on your system by looking at the log files, typically /var/log/mysql.