Simple MySQL script is not working

Posted on 16th Feb 2014 07:03 pm by admin

Hey guys,

Just familiarizing myself with PHP and MySQL. I am following along in the O'Reilly book that addresses both topics and has the platypus on the cover.

At any rate, I tried typing in chapter 6 exercise 1 and the script did not work. I then downloaded the example code from the books website and found out what I typed was identical and actually tried the downloaded script and had THAT not work.

Other PHP scripts are working, so I know it's not the system. For instance phpinfo.php does it's thing, as do my other scripts so far.

Here is the code from the downloaded example:

"-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.01 Transitional//EN"
<meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html; charset=iso-8859-1">
// (1) Open the database connection
$connection = mysql_connect("localhost","fred","shhh");

// (2) Select the winestore database
mysql_select_db("winestore", $connection);

// (3) Run the query on the winestore through the connection
$result = mysql_query ("SELECT * FROM
wine", $connection);

// (4) While there are still rows in the result set, fetch the current
// row into the array $row
while ($row = mysql_fetch_array($result, MYSQL_NUM))
// (5) Print out each element in $row, that is, print the values of
// the attributes
foreach ($row as $attribute)
print "{$attribute} ";

// Print a carriage return to neaten the output
print "n";

I am running a Mac OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard) system and have put the script in the same place that my other PHP scripts are working : Mac HD -> Library -> WebServer -> Documents

This simple script is meant to access a MySQL db and print it's contents in a web browser. Obviously the db login here is fake. But in the 'real' script I have tried a user that should have rights and even tried it with root which I KNOW has rights. I am able to access the db from the command line interpreter using both the user and with root. The script and the browser are running locally on my machine and being served by apache (which has been restarted both with apachectl and with the GUI tools).


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