Support » Developing with WordPress » WP-CLI not using the correct MySQL user

  • Summary:

    I’ve installed the wp-cli.phar into a project. I can’t install the file into a bin directory of our production server so I have to run commands like so php wp-cli.phar.

    We do the same locally, each project as its own WP-CLI. Running commands locally works perfectly.

    We run into issues when using it on production. Somehow, WP-CLI can’t find the correct MySQL user (the one defined into the wp-config.php) when running commands. This triggers errors on the Terminal like Warning: mysqli_real_connect(): (HY000/1045): Access denied for user ‘server-db’@’localhost’ where server-db is nowhere to be found.

    Steps to reproduce:

    Install wp-cli.phar into your project
    Push it live
    Try to run commands on a virtual private server using php wp-cli.phar

    What is your system?

    No LSB modules are available.
    Distributor ID: Debian
    Description: Debian GNU/Linux 8.8 (jessie)
    Release: 8.8
    Codename: jessie

    Which version of PHP are you using?

    php 7.0.1

    Which version of WordPress are you using?


    Can you share the results of which wp ?


    Are you running any packages? If one is causing a problem, you can use –skip-packages to skip


    Results and impacts:



    Expected results

    Being able to run any commands

    Actuel results

    MySQL error message Warning: mysqli_real_connect(): (HY000/1045): Access denied for user ‘server-db’@’localhost’

    I’ve also posted the error to our provider. They perhaps might give us a hint but would like to know if anyone has ever had this issue.

    Or is it possible to define a database user to use when running commands?

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