How do I log in as the MySQL root user if I get an 'access denied' error 1045 message when logging in for the first time?

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After installing and starting the mysql-server package the following error message was printed to the terminal after attempting to login with this command mysql -u root -p mysql. Example:

ERROR 1045: Access denied for user: 'root@localhost' (Using password: YES)

This is because when attempting to log into the mysql-server da...

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