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  • We’re having a little trouble selecting the proper database for WordPress.
    Are you sure it exists?
    Your database name is currently specified as subtlef_m. Is this correct?
    On some systems the name of your database is prefixed with your username, so it would be like username_wordpress. Could that be the problem?
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    Is what shows up when I go to the install page. I’m being hosted on a friend’s domain, so she gave me the mysql database info, and I’m pretty sure it’s correct. Her domain is hosted with , so here’s the mysql and perl info on the site:
    MySQL 3.23.56
    Perl 5.6.1
    The browser I use is IE. Anyone know the problem?

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  • It could be a problem with the login details, the host, or the database name. Double check all of them in wp-config.php. That’s the only thing that could cause this error.

    I assume you have PHP on the server as well as Perl?

    You’d have some trouble finding a host that supported Perl and mySQL and not PHP. The link to hostrocket in the original post says all accounts support PHP 4.2.3.

    Thanks for the responses. I double-checked the username and password many times…since I’m not on in the main part of the domain but instead, hosted under a subdomain, should it make a difference to what the names are? Also, how do I find if the host name is localhost or not?

    Anon: some hosts refer to their MySQL server as the “database server” instead of host name. When I create a new db using the control panel for my host, they give me the name of the database server (in my case, it’s “mysql”). I got a similar message the very first time I tried to install WP, but once I changed “localhost” to “mysql”, it worked fine.
    Another thing to check is make sure you’ve created a user for the database, and are using the username/password for the database user, *not* the username/password you use to log into your host.
    Hope this helps,

    I used Hostrocket in the past… They prepend? to the table name.. for exapmle, if you create a db named ‘test’, it would become something like ‘host31_test’…

    I got it figured out. My host had forgotten to add the user to the database. Thanks to all of you though, for your helpful hints.

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