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  • Resolved dworsky


    I just upgraded to 2.5.1 this afternoon, and am getting repeated entries in the error_log that say:

    [27-Apr-2008 17:27:01] WordPress database error You have an error in your SQL syntax; check the manual that corresponds to your MySQL server version for the right syntax to use near ” at line 1 for query SELECT cat_id, cat_name FROM made by include

    Any idea what this means or how to fix it? (I am guessing that 2.5 had a similar problem because the error log was 65 megs.)


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  • The error message looks odd, is that the whole thing? It’s supposed to tell you the file and line number with the bad query.

    Probably it’s an old plugin — the cat_id, cat_name, etc. fields were removed in WP 2.3.

    My mistake, it doesn’t tell you the file & line number.

    Search for the string SELECT cat_id, cat_name in your WP directory, or try disabling plugins.


    I deactivated all plugins… and the same error message appeared in the error_log.

    When you say “Search for the string SELECT cat_id, cat_name in your WP directory” … can you be more specific? Look in every file of every directory/subdirectory for that string? And then what?


    If you have a copy of your WordPress directory on your computer, and you have a text editor that can search multiple files, you could search them all at once for SELECT cat_id, cat_name and so find which file is making the bad query.

    You can (temporarily) add define('WP_DEBUG', true) to your wp-config file — that will print the database warning on the page, hopefully near the source of the problem. See

    Try switching to the default theme, too.


    I did it! I found the offending string in a COMMENTED OUT section of my index page for the Simple Green theme. Somehow, despite being commented out, WordPress was trying to read and use it!

    I deleted the commented out area and I think that solves it.

    Thanks for your help.


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