Addressing MySQL Error 1269: Issues with Revoking Privileges

Understanding the Error

MySQL Error 1269, SQLSTATE HY000 (ER_REVOKE_GRANTS), occurs when you attempt to revoke privileges from a user, but the system is unable to revoke all the specified privileges. This can happen for several reasons, such as the user not having the privileges you’re trying to revoke, or there being a dependency that prevents the revocation.

Diagnosing the Issue

To diagnose this issue, you need to understand the exact privileges granted to the user and any dependencies that might exist. Start by examining the privileges of the user with the following command:

SHOW GRANTS FOR 'user_name'@'host_name';

Replace 'user_name' and 'host_name' with the username and host for which you’re trying to revoke privileges. This will display all the grants that the user currently has.

Solutions to Fix Error 1269

Revoking Specific Privileges

If you find that the user does not have the privileges you are trying to revoke, you’ll need to specify only the privileges they do have. For example, if you want to revoke all privileges but the user does not have CREATE or DROP privileges, you should not include those in your REVOKE statement:

REVOKE SELECT, INSERT, UPDATE, DELETE ON `database_name`.* FROM 'user_name'@'host_name';

Revoking Privileges from Stored Routines

If the user has privileges on stored routines (procedures or functions), you might encounter Error 1269 when trying to revoke privileges. In this case, you need to revoke the privileges on the routines specifically:

REVOKE EXECUTE ON PROCEDURE `database_name`.`procedure_name` FROM 'user_name'@'host_name';
REVOKE EXECUTE ON FUNCTION `database_name`.`function_name` FROM 'user_name'@'host_name';

Removing Privileges from Views

Similarly, if the user has privileges on views, you need to revoke those privileges explicitly:

REVOKE SELECT ON `database_name`.`view_name` FROM 'user_name'@'host_name';

Dropping the User

In some cases, you might decide that it’s best to simply remove the user account entirely. This can be done with the DROP USER command, which will remove all privileges:

DROP USER 'user_name'@'host_name';

However, be cautious with this command as it will completely remove the user and cannot be undone.

Checking for Anonymous Users

Sometimes, an anonymous user (denoted by an empty username) can interfere with privilege revocation. Check for anonymous users with:

SELECT user, host FROM mysql.user WHERE user = '';

If you find an anonymous user with privileges that overlap with the user you’re trying to revoke, you may need to address the anonymous user’s privileges as well.


Resolving MySQL Error 1269 requires careful review of the user’s existing privileges and a clear understanding of what can and cannot be revoked. Ensure that you’re only revoking privileges that the user actually has, and consider the context of stored routines and views. If necessary, you can opt to remove the user account entirely, but always proceed with caution when modifying user privileges to avoid unintended security issues.

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