The MySQL service on my CentOS 6.3 server works well. I'm using phpMyAdmin- from default repository. I have sites that can connect to the databases and are using them successfully.

I can also connect to the database server using the mysql -u... -p.... -h.... command.

The database is NOT on the localhost but another server.

Tried both hostname and IP in $cfg['Servers'][$i]['host'] = '';

I also have a lot of free space available.

The user is not root, $cfg['Servers'][$i]['connect_type'] = 'tcp';

Edited: I hit the same issue on another server, but the message is a bit different:

#2002 - Can't connect to local MySQL server through socket '/var/lib/mysql/mysql.sock' (2)

But I have

$cfg['Servers'][$i]['host'] = '';
$cfg['Servers'][$i]['connect_type'] = 'tcp';

Next, I add a bit of garbage to the top of config.inc.php: I expect to see syntax error but nothing happened, thus I think phpMyAdmin just does not see/use this file.

ls -l config.inc.php
-rw-r--r-- 1 apache apache 3981 Sep  3 07:59 config.inc.php

I have no ideas. What am I doing wrong?

  • 1. are you trying to log in with root? 2. did you change configuration of pma? 3. do you use mysql from default repo? 4. netstat -anp|grep mysq|grep LIST 5. rpm -V phpMyAdmin mysql-server
    – GioMac
    Aug 29, 2013 at 18:57
  • Check your config for what it's using to connect. Make sure it's tcp and not socket.
    – Nathan C
    Aug 29, 2013 at 18:57
  • Have just edited the question, User is not root, $cfg['Servers'][$i]['connect_type'] = 'tcp';
    – Putnik
    Aug 29, 2013 at 19:29
  • @GioMac 2. the only configuration change is host afaik but I can post config if needed 3. unknown, it is installes by hosting provider and I have user assess only (to MySQL, but root locally) 4.mysql is NOT on the local box 5. S.5....T. c /etc/httpd/conf.d/phpMyAdmin.conf S.5....T. c /etc/phpMyAdmin/config.inc.php phpMyAdmin.conf was changed because I use not the default /phpMyAdmin location
    – Putnik
    Aug 29, 2013 at 19:35
  • getenforce :) I think httpd is not allowed to db connect by selinux
    – GioMac
    Aug 29, 2013 at 19:37

2 Answers 2


I found it eventually! Perhaps this will work for PMA from rpms only.

Despite PMA itself is in /usr/share/phpMyAdmin it expects to have config dir at /var/lib/phpMyAdmin/ and config in /etc

Solution: just edit ./libraries/vendor_config.php and set the correct paths or

ln -s /usr/share/phpMyAdmin/config.inc.php /var/lib/phpMyAdmin/config/

Edit 3 months later: On another server it checks /etc/phpMyAdmin/config.inc.php instead of /usr/share/phpMyAdmin/config.inc.php - so added this hard link and it works well now.

  • where did you hardcoded /usr/share/phpMyAdmin/config.inc.php ? i can't find a solution to this problema Oct 13, 2014 at 11:23
  • @LachezarRaychev try to find vendor_config.php
    – Putnik
    Oct 14, 2014 at 18:37

On an Amazon Linux server (i.e. Amazon's RHEL-like distribution) it looks for the config file in /etc/phpMyAdmin as the poster above described.

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