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Touble with Local Mac OS X Installation

  • I am trying to install WordPress on my local iMac for trial before publishing my blog on the internet. I think everything is installed correctly, but I continue to get the “Error establishing a database connection” message when I try running the install.php file. A few words about my setup;

    I am running OSX 10.4.7 – with an administrator account
    I have PHP 4.4.1
    I have MySQL 5.0
    I have WordPress 2.0.4

    I have setup the wp-config.php file with the appropriate DB name, user name & password, and have localhost as the location (I have checked this numerous times). Any help would be appreciated.


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  • YellowSwordfish


    My guess would be the password. WP uses the old password method found in earlier versions of mySQL. V5 uses a different method. The following URL explains all and how to correct it:


    if that doesn’t fix it come back and we’ll look at the socket…

    Thanks for the help. I continued to dig around and found my problem, it had to do with the default socket (as you suggested for part 2). I created a php.ini file and set the default socket to /tmp/mysql.sock and all is good.

    Thanks again for the help.




    I should have done that first! Apple changed it for Tiger for some reason. Glad it’s all working.

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