Problem with PDO php 5.5.9 and mysql 5.4 on Ubuntu 14.04


I have created a droplet with one click app LAMP 14.04. I have read several help pages on how to enable PDO and have added and -lines to /etc/php5/apache2/php.ini and restarted apache.

In info.php:

Additional .ini files parsed include
/etc/php5/apache2/conf.d/05-opcache.ini, /etc/php5/apache2/conf.d/10-pdo.ini, /etc/php5/apache2/conf.d/20-apcu.ini, /etc/php5/apache2/conf.d/20-gd.ini, /etc/php5/apache2/conf.d/20-json.ini, /etc/php5/apache2/conf.d/20-mysql.ini, /etc/php5/apache2/conf.d/20-mysqli.ini, /etc/php5/apache2/conf.d/20-pdo_mysql.ini, /etc/php5/apache2/conf.d/20-readline.ini 

php -m on the command line shows PDO and pdo_mysql.

I have tried out learn what is wrong for a few hours now and can’t get the problem solved.

Thank you for your help in advance,

Antti Karttunen

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I actually work with PHP quite a bit, so if you can share the rest of the class, I can take a look at what’s running to see where there may be an issue. The snippet you provided cites a getPdo method, but I don’t see a reference to that.

As a quick reference, here’s a really simple MySQL Class that uses PDO.

use PDO;
use PDOException;

class MySql
    protected $db;
    protected $dbChar;
    protected $dbHost;
    protected $dbName;
    protected $dbOpts               =   [];
    protected $dbPass;
    protected $dbPort;
    protected $dbUser;
    protected $dsn;
    public function __construct( array $params )
            'dbChar' => $this->dbChar,
            'dbHost' => $this->dbHost,
            'dbName' => $this->dbName,
            'dbOpts' => $this->dbOpts,
            'dbPass' => $this->dbPass,
            'dbPort' => $this->dbPort,
            'dbUser' => $this->dbUser
        ) = $params;

        $this->dsn   = "mysql:";
        $this->dsn  .= "host=$this->dbHost;";
        $this->dsn  .= "dbname=$this->dbName;";

        if ( ! empty( $this->dbPort ) )
            $this->dsn  .= "port=$this->dbPort;";
            $this->dsn  .= "port:3306;";

        if ( ! empty( $this->dbChar ) )
            $this->dsn  .= "charset=$this->dbChar;";

    public function connect()
            $this->db = new PDO( $this->dsn, $this->dbUser, $this->dbPass, $this->dbOpts );

            if ( isset( $this->db ) )
                return $this->db;

            return false;
        catch ( PDOException $e )
            return $e->getMessage();

When constructed, you need to pass an array $params, for example:

$params =  [
    'dbChar'                        =>  'utf8',
    'dbHost'                        =>  'localhost',
    'dbName'                        =>  'mysqldbname',
    'dbOpts'                        =>  [
        PDO::ATTR_EMULATE_PREPARES      =>  false,
        PDO::ATTR_ERRMODE               =>  PDO::ERRMODE_EXCEPTION,
        PDO::ATTR_PERSISTENT            =>  true,
        PDO::ATTR_TIMEOUT               =>  30
    'dbPass'                        =>  'mysqldbpass',
    'dbPort'                        =>  '3306',
    'dbUser'                        =>  'mysqldbuser'

Note: You’ll need to change mysqldbname, mysqldbpass, and mysqldbuser to match yours.

So to create an instance of this MySql class, I’d use:

$db = new MySql( $params );

To connect, I’d then use:

$dbc = $db->connect();

Now I can run:

$vars    = [
    ':id' => 1

$query   = $dbc->prepare('SELECT * FROM tableName WHERE id = :id LIMIT 1');

$query->execute( $vars );

$results = $query->fetchAll();

var_dump( $results );

And that should dump the results from my query.

I just tested this locally and on a Droplet with PHP 7.x and 7.1 and it works, so if you run in to issues with the above, then there most likely is an issue with PDO not working. If that works, then the issue would be in your code.


What error(s) are you receiving when trying to make a connection via PDO and what does your code look like (for the connection)?

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