Asked  7 Months ago    Answers:  5   Viewed   38 times

I have weird situation in newly installed server, and it seems that Google can't help me this time. I can't connect to (remote) mysql from my php-code. When I try to connect from command line on the same server the connection succseds.

Could not connect: Can't connect to MySQL server on 'MYSQL.SERVER' (13)

Here is the code and the connect attempt from the command line

[u1@bosko httpdocs]$ cat  test.php

$link = mysql_connect('MYSQL.SERVER', 'testusersimon', '123456');
if (!$link) {
    die('Could not connect: ' .  mysql_error());
echo 'Connected successfully';

[u1@bosko httpdocs]$ mysql -h MYSQL.SERVER -utestusersimon --password=123456
Welcome to the MySQL monitor.  Commands end with ; or g.
Your MySQL connection id is 352108
Server version: 5.0.45-community-nt-log MySQL Community Edition (GPL)

Copyright (c) 2000, 2010, Oracle and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved.
This software comes with ABSOLUTELY NO WARRANTY. This is free software,
and you are welcome to modify and redistribute it under the GPL v2 license

Type 'help;' or 'h' for help. Type 'c' to clear the current input statement.

mysql> quit

I tried running the php script both in mod_php mode and in FastCGI, check that "/etc/php.d/mysql.ini" shows up in the phpinfo() as well as mysql,mysqli and pdo_mysql sections.

but the result was the same, I know its something simple but I just can't . Please help :)

Edit: The problem was with SElinux

setsebool -P httpd_can_network_connect_db=1

Was the solution.


setsebool -P httpd_can_network_connect=1

will also be a helpful CLI command to many people visiting this question, as to allow mysql_connet() connections from within HTTP (Apache) requests to a remote MySQL database server, ensure to enable Network Connections from httpd in SElinux usually located in /etc/selinux/config (disabled by default to prevent hackers from attacking other machines using your httpd).

Wednesday, March 31, 2021
answered 7 Months ago

From your edit, the issue appears to be a scoping one.

You're attempting to make a connection inside a function where the $username, $password and $database variables are defined outside that function.

I suggest you read the Variable Scope section of the manual and turn up your error reporting as @netcoder suggests in the question comments.

Wednesday, March 31, 2021
answered 7 Months ago

Apparently, when you access a VirtualHost through the alias, there is no trace of the original SERVER_NAME in any of the $_SERVER variables.

The only idea that comes to mind is setting an environment variable:


this should set the value of $_SERVER["MY_HOST"] to the correct host name. No guarantees though, I have never tried this in practice.

Wednesday, March 31, 2021
answered 7 Months ago
$sql = new mysqli('','root','Qwert12345','plot_io_db');
//echo $sql->query('Select * From players');

It will work. Just remove port from localhost (

Friday, May 28, 2021
answered 5 Months ago

First of all, what is the version of PHP?

If other .php scripts work except for phpMyAdmin, the is pretty safe to assume something is wrong with phpMyAdmin installation. (either with the files or the Virtual Host)


  1. Can you run another script in phpMyAdmin directory? Try with a file containing phpinfo(); If it does not work then the problem is in your apache configuration.

  2. If the above is true, then the parser is not recognising phpMyAdmin/index.php as a php file, for some reason. Try reinstalling phpMyAdmin.


Remove AddType application/x-httpd-php .php. You should not need it.

In PHP 5.4 magic_quotes_gpc was removed. If you're running PHP5, remove that line.

As of PHP 4.0.3, track_vars is always turned on, so remove it also.

As of PHP 4.2.0, register_globals this directive defaults to off. In PHP5.3 register_globals is deprecated, as of PHP5.4 register_globals was removed. SO if running PHP > 4.2.0 remove that line.

Saturday, May 29, 2021
answered 5 Months ago
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