Error establishing a database connection - DO 1 click wordpress installation.

Hello there! :)

I used to run the very same website on a droplet I set up myself in 2017. I decided to trash the project in early 2019 and recovered it on a DO 1 click wordpress installation about 2 months ago.

Since then I’m getting the Error establishing a database connection after the server runs for a few days. It’s easily fixed by restarting the droplet which indicates some sort of “misconfiguration” in the DB settings.

Does any of you have a clue on what it might be and how to resolve it? The website is really in its bare state as far as content goes and has no visitors at all.

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Hello, all

This crash is most likely due to your system running out of memory. I’d suggest that you add a swap file to give yourself a bit more of a buffer. Check out this tutorial:

How To Add Swap on Ubuntu

You will most definitely need to upgrade your droplet as you’re running out of memory and your application/website needs more resources in order to continue to operate.

What you can also do is to use the MySQLTuner script.

The MySQLTuner is a script written in Perl and allows you to quickly test your MySQL configuration and it gives you suggestions for adjustments to increase performance and stability.

According to the official GitHub page, it supports 300 indicators for MySQL/MariaDB/Percona Server in this last version.

To run the script you could do the following:

  • SSH to your Droplet
  • Download the script:
wget -O
  • Then execute it:

The script would run multiple checks against your MySQL instance, all checks done by MySQLTuner are documented here.

Also as stated in the official documentation, it is still extremely important for you to fully understand each change you make to a MySQL database server. If you don’t understand portions of the script’s output, or if you don’t understand the recommendations, you should consult a knowledgeable DBA or system administrator that you trust.

As a good practice make sure to always test your changes on staging environments before implementing them on your production database.

On the same note, if you want to have a worry-free MySQL hosting and focus on your application, I would recommend trying out the DigitalOcean Managed Databases:

This was mini tutorial was posted from bobbyiliev in this question in our community:

You can also create a simple bash script to check if MySQL is running and if not to restart it.


# Check if MySQL is running
sudo service mysql status > /dev/null 2>&1

# Restart the MySQL service if it's not running.
if [ $? != 0 ]; then
    sudo service mysql restart

Run this script every 5 minutes using a cron job like this one:

 */5 * * * * /home/user/scripts/ > /dev/null 2>&1

Hope that this helps! Regards, Alex

tail /var/log/syslog | grep “mysql” 

results in tail: cannot open ‘mysql’ for reading: No such file or directory

The syslog file is in /var/log but even changing it to that doesn’t result in a different error.

Hello @xfabioreims ,

This sounds indeed like some misconfiguration, network issues or resource issues. Could you please give some more logs, this will definitely help out solving this:

sudo tail /var/log/mysql/error.log sudo tail /var/log/apache2/error.log

Thank you.