MySQL 8 - sha2 password component

If you're trying to log into a MySQL 8 box using an old client you may receive the following message:

Authentication plugin 'caching_sha2_password' cannot be loaded

To fix it, you need to make sure that you are using the "old-style" of MySQL passwords.

Log into the box and run:

ALTER USER 'root'@'localhost' IDENTIFIED WITH mysql_native_password BY 'PASSWORD';

If you receive:

ERROR 1819 (HY000): Your password does not satisfy the current policy requirements

You will also need to remove the new validate password plugin, by running:
UNINSTALL COMPONENT 'file://component_validate_password';



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