February 2nd 2011 -
This is a note to my future self. If at any point you log into mysqladmin and find all your databases missing with no error message (while still being accessible by your programs), you have simply typed a wrong but valid password. You see, you can have multiple passwords that give you different levels of access in mysqladmin.
This may save you enormous amounts of grief if you consult your own weblog history instead of trawling the internet for “phpmyadmin database missing” etc. It may also save you from having to completely rebuild the databases from a very old, out of date backup.
Also, back up your databases more often.
Anyway, hope everything is going well. Hi Jade!