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In an attempt to tune MySQL to make it work with a recent installation of Drupal I had to modify the MySQL settings on my server. After modifying the configuration file for MySQL (/etc/my.cnf) MySQL stopped working. After some attempts I make it start again but now all my php/MySQL webistes are not being able to connect to their DBs.

Here is why is so confusing:

  • If I check a phpinfo.php on any given site, the MySQL info is there
  • phpmyadmin runs just fine
  • I can run mysql from SSH using root but I see that mysql activity is reduced, look:

[root@server mysql]# mysqladmin processlist

| Id  | User      | Host      | db        | Command        | Time | State              | Info             |
| 7   | eximstats | localhost | eximstats | Sleep          | 30   |                    |                  |
| 103 | DELAYED   | localhost | eximstats | Delayed insert | 30   | Waiting for INSERT |                  |
| 104 | DELAYED   | localhost | eximstats | Delayed insert | 149  | Waiting for INSERT |                  |
| 105 | DELAYED   | localhost | eximstats | Delayed insert | 149  | Waiting for INSERT |                  |
| 119 | root      | localhost |           | Query          | 0    |                    | show processlist |

My websites using MySQL almost all say:

Error establishing a database connection

Another say:

Warning: mysql_connect() [function.mysql-connect]: Access denied for user 'website_USER'@'localhost' (using password: NO)

This is my current my.cnf:

#bind-address = server.escalehost.com
log-bin = /var/lib/mysql/log-bin

max_allowed_packet = 64M

#port           = 3306



I commented most of it to return it to its simplest version... How can I make the web side to connect to mysql?

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After modifying the configuration file for MySQL (/etc/my.cnf) MySQL stopped working: Telling us something more about those modifications would certainly help us help you :) –  Expert System May 13 '13 at 14:30
You're right! In a few words I re-vamped all the specs to higher amounts. When that didn't worked I started reducing specs until MySQL actually worked. Then, even when not reducing those specs MySQL wouldn't start, what I did was renaming the my.cnf to make it inexistent so when I started the mysql it create it one. –  Escale May 13 '13 at 14:36
What versions of PHP and MySQL are you using ? Also, when you look at the output of phpinfo(), what is the "Client API Version" in the MySQL section ? –  Expert System May 13 '13 at 15:24
PHP 5.2.9 Mysql Client API version 5.0.96 –  Escale May 13 '13 at 15:38
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You are using the wrong credentials for the MySQL instance you are connecting to.

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I believe is something in those terms. How can I restore the access to it? –  Escale May 13 '13 at 14:46
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Have you tried to login on an ssh-shell yourself, using the user and password? Try:

mysql --user=user_name --password=your_password db_name"

If it doesn't work, you have the answer to your question.

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Yes I have. I have the info for most of the sites and that works just fine. –  Escale May 13 '13 at 14:45
I'm able to log into mysql using a random user. Once logged in, any suggested mysql test? –  Escale May 13 '13 at 14:49
Are you able to execute any queries once logged in or do those get delayed as well? –  noamik May 13 '13 at 16:38
Hello. The connection is made back again. The problem was on the PHP configuration, not MySQL. A copy of php.ini was made and then Php has to be rebuilt again. All back to normal Thank you all for your time. –  Escale May 13 '13 at 16:45
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The Error establishing a database connection means that either the username, the passowrd or the host are incorrectly configured.

Pick one of the sites reporting Error establishing a database connection, dig into its configuration and find out what values it is using for those 3 parameters. Then try connecting to the DB from an ssh-shell using mysql --user=USERNAME --host=HOST --password=PASSOWRD.

(Maybe during your modifications, you broke the host configuration.)

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Yes! I thought about that! I made a query and all of them are pointing to localhost. I even added this to the host configuration (which I found out had nothing in it) mysqld: ALL : ALLOW mysqld-max: ALL : ALLOW sshd: ALL ALL: ALL mysqld : : ALLOW –  Escale May 13 '13 at 16:20
So, when executing mysql --user=USERNAME --host=HOST --password=PASSOWRD through ssh (using the values from the website's config (not the values returned by a query in the DB)) you connect successfully ? –  Expert System May 13 '13 at 16:23
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