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PHP works, mysql works, but when I call mysql_connect, nothing happens. What can I do?

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closed as not a real question by Zoredache, Warner, John Gardeniers, Sam, Zypher Jun 17 '10 at 20:16

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... You can tell us what error you're getting... – Ignacio Vazquez-Abrams Jun 14 '10 at 23:08
I'm not getting an error; I have to scripts, one simple form, index.php and another file, action.php. The action.php file is supposed to open a connection and insert the data from the form into a table. – lowerkey Jun 14 '10 at 23:19
Is this something you developed? It almost sounds like it may belong on stackoverflow. Have you examined the output of mysql_error()? – Zoredache Jun 14 '10 at 23:57
@Zoredache: mysql_error doesn't display anything. – lowerkey Jun 15 '10 at 8:09
up vote 2 down vote accepted

I'm guessing you need to enable error reporting in your php.ini file. Or you can set this just within your script by adding these two lines:

 ini_set("display_errors", 1);

That way you can see some error messages, and go from there.

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Not necessarily. Let's see what the specific error is first. – Ignacio Vazquez-Abrams Jun 15 '10 at 1:58
I now have a script that reads <?php error_reporting(E_ALL); ini_set("display_errors", 1); $mysqli = new mysqli('localhost', 'root', 'password', 'website'); if(mysqli_connect_errno()){ echo mysqli_connect_error(); exit(); } ?> But still no error message – lowerkey Jun 15 '10 at 8:16
Scratch that, now, after a long time i get several warnings and one fatal error message: Fatal error: Maximum execution time of 30 seconds exceeded in C:\home\www\index.php on line 5 – lowerkey Jun 15 '10 at 8:17
I reinstalled mysql this time with version 5.5 instead of 5.1. Thanks for the tip with the error reporting! – lowerkey Jun 15 '10 at 9:10

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