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Please help! Error establishing a database connection

Posted November 17, 2019 3.8k views
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I do not change anything about database. Error detail said :

“Error establishing a database connection
This either means that the username and password information in your wp-config.php file is incorrect or we can’t contact the database server at localhost. This could mean your host’s database server is down.

Are you sure you have the correct username and password?
Are you sure you have typed the correct hostname?
Are you sure the database server is running?
If you’re unsure what these terms mean you should probably contact your host. If you still need help you can always visit the WordPress Support Forums.”

i am sure have correct username, password and hostname, because i don’t change it

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Hi @herlanjafa,

From a problem with the database to just wrong configuration of your wp-config.php file. Luckily, there is a good article just for these occasions here at DigitalOcean - Article.

Please follow up the article and see if you’ll be able to resolve the matter. If you don’t we can follow up on that from there.

Regards,
KDSys

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Hello, herlanjafa

Have you checked the MySQL error_log in order to see if the server is running out of memory or if the issue is with to many MySQL connections? As per the tutorial you can run this command in order to check if the server have recently run out of memory:

zgrep -a "allocate memory" /var/log/mysql/error.log*

zgrep will search through log files, including older log files that have been archived as compressed .tar.gz files. We’re searching for lines that contain allocate memory, in any error.log* file in the /var/log/mysql/ directory.

You can always login and check the MySQL error_log when the issue occurs using tail to either check the last 100 entries in the log or monitor the log in real time:

tail -n 100 /var/log/mysql/error.log

and monitor it in real time:

tail -f /var/log/mysql/error.log

Hope that this helps!
Regards,
Alex