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Setting up an environment to code PHP

Had a very frustrating day as I’ve been trying to set up a local environment to code some PHP. I was using MAMP to make it quite simple. I could connect to the database on terminal but not by calling the mysqli_connect(). Adding these two lines of code helped find the problem:

ini_set('display_errors', 1);

When these two lines of code were added, I was able to see the following error message:


mysqli_connect(): [2002] No such file or directory (trying to connect via unix:///var/mysql/mysql.sock) in /Library/WebServer/Documents/connect/index.php on line 6 Warning: mysqli_connect(): (HY000/2002): No such file or directory in /Library/WebServer/Documents/connect/index.php on line 6

I never really did find a fix, but I found a deeper problem. I was putting files in the localhost directory and they were being executed fine. However, I then realised that the environment MAMP had created was in fact accessible by including the port, i.e. localhost:8888/. Shutting down the apache and mysql server with MAMP, I loaded up my files in locahost and confirmed what I knew, something else was executing them. I must have some old legacy servers running in the background I figure. Either way, I gave up.

Got a shiny brand new Macbook Air. Within 5 minutes I was able to connect to mysql in both terminal and by calling mysqli_connect(). The default password is root for MAMP, so when you change it with the command

mysqladmin -u root -p password "newpassword"

Make sure that you update the new password in the two following locations

/Applications/MAMP/bin/phpmyadmin/config.inc.php (line86)


If you don’t do the latter you’ll receive an error saying it can’t connect to the mysql database. All in all quite a frustrating experience today. I’d prefer to code on the iMac but ultimately the stress associated to have a ‘clean start’ will be rather annoying.


  • Tolumi Adamson |

    Nice to see you have started programming.. Something I recently decided to bit the bullet and do myself as well.

    So sorry for now, can’t help you with your errors 🙂

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