WampServer 2 on Vista: Password Woes

Posted on 2007-11-23
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Last Modified: 2013-12-13
I installed the latest version of WampServer 2 under Vista.

phpMyAdmin prompted me: "Your configuration file contains settings (root with no password) that correspond to the default MySQL privileged account. Your MySQL server is running with this default, is open to intrusion, and you really should fix this security hole."

I set a password via Privileges | Change password.

I copied this password to $cfg['Servers'][$i]['password'] in \apps\phpmyadmin2.10.1\config.inc.php.

All I get now is: "#1045 - Access denied for user 'root'@'localhost' (using password: NO)"

I've tried this several times now, and am certain I'm following the instructions correctly. What can I do?
Question by:lhutton
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Expert Comment

ID: 20342779
that error means your root is trying to connect to mysql with no password and that is not allowed since you added a password.

Author Comment

ID: 20343111
Thank you for that. How might I resolve the issue, given that I have set a password as recommended?
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Expert Comment

ID: 20343139
make sure this line look like this

$cfg['Servers'][$i]['password'] = 'mypassword'l
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Expert Comment

ID: 20343142
in you config.inc.php file

Author Comment

ID: 20343227
As you can see, I've already done that. The password is correct.
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Expert Comment

ID: 20343240
just making sure it's incloded in brackets that is all.

Can you connect to it using the command line utility

>mysql -u root -p
then enter your password when prompted.

Author Comment

ID: 20343305
It is.

I can connect using the command line utility, after entering my password, which is set correctly.

I still get that error message though.
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Expert Comment

ID: 20343540
I would double check to make sure that there is only 1 config.inc.php on your computer,
cause if you can do it through the command line,

and given the error message, that tells me that phpmyadim isn't sending the password to the server, so there is a config error somewhere.


Author Comment

ID: 20343818
There's only the one; this is a default installation and I've never had it installed before.

Perhaps this is a Vista-specific issue?
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Expert Comment

ID: 20343825
you need to give the IUSR user read and execute access to the folders that contain your phpmyadmin, and your database.
Vista is a pain that way.

Author Comment

ID: 20343853
The "IUSR user"? Huh?
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Expert Comment

ID: 20343863
IUSR user on Vista, it's the web user that your website uses.

just goto any directory, goto properties, security tab, then try and add a user to the ACL and search for the ISUR user, it will be there.

Author Comment

ID: 20344090
All I can see is the group or user names, with their respective permissions; no ability to add a user.
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Expert Comment

ID: 20344093
Is there not an Edit button with the little shield Symbol on it?

Author Comment

ID: 20344143
Oh, yes. So, I add 'IUSR' under 'Enter the object names to select' for the Administrators group? I gather that's what 'ACL' is?
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Expert Comment

ID: 20359999
ACL = Access Control List.

it is the list of users and groups allowed/disallowed to access a particular resource.

No don't add it to the administrators group, that would be a huge security plunder.

Just add the ISUR user to the root direcrory of your phpmyadmin folder.

Author Comment

ID: 20363655
OK, I've done this now, but it had no effect; the error is the same.
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Expert Comment

ID: 20367006
can you post your
config.inc.php in its entireity, just mask out sensitive information like passwords and such

Author Comment

ID: 20367547

/* !!! DO NOT EDIT THIS FILE, EDIT config.inc.php INSTEAD !!! */
/* $Id: config.default.php,v 1.8 2005/12/16 14:07:10 lem9 Exp $ */
// vim: expandtab sw=4 ts=4 sts=4:
 * phpMyAdmin default configuration, you can copy values from here to your
 * config.inc.php
 * All directives are explained in Documentation.html
 * Your phpMyAdmin URL.
 * Complete the variable below with the full url ie
 *    http://www.your_web.net/path_to_your_phpMyAdmin_directory/
 * It must contain characters that are valid for a URL, and the path is
 * case sensitive on some Web servers, for example Unix-based servers.
 * In most cases you can leave this variable empty, as the correct value
 * will be detected automatically. However, we recommend that you do
 * test to see that the auto-detection code works in your system. A good
 * test is to browse a table, then edit a row and save it.  There will be
 * an error message if phpMyAdmin cannot auto-detect the correct value.
$cfg['PmaAbsoluteUri'] = '';
 * Disable the default warning that is displayed on the DB Details Structure page if
 * any of the required Tables for the relationfeatures could not be found
$cfg['PmaNoRelation_DisableWarning']  = FALSE;
 * The 'cookie' auth_type uses blowfish algorithm to encrypt the password. If
 * at least one server configuration uses 'cookie' auth_type, enter here a
 * passphrase that will be used by blowfish. The maximum length seems to be 46
 * characters.
$cfg['blowfish_secret'] = '';
 * Server(s) configuration
$i = 0;
// The $cfg['Servers'] array starts with $cfg['Servers'][1].  Do not use
// $cfg['Servers'][0]. You can disable a server config entry by setting host
// to ''. If you want more than one server, just copy following section
// (including $i incrementation) serveral times. There is no need to define
// full server array, just define values you need to change.
$cfg['Servers'][$i]['host']          = 'localhost'; // MySQL hostname or IP address
$cfg['Servers'][$i]['port']          = '';          // MySQL port - leave blank for default port
$cfg['Servers'][$i]['socket']        = '';          // Path to the socket - leave blank for default socket
$cfg['Servers'][$i]['connect_type']  = 'tcp';       // How to connect to MySQL server ('tcp' or 'socket')
$cfg['Servers'][$i]['extension']     = 'mysqli';     // The php MySQL extension to use ('mysql' or 'mysqli')
$cfg['Servers'][$i]['compress']      = FALSE;       // Use compressed protocol for the MySQL connection
                                                    // (requires PHP >= 4.3.0)
$cfg['Servers'][$i]['controluser']   = '';          // MySQL control user settings
                                                    // (this user must have read-only
$cfg['Servers'][$i]['controlpass']   = '';          // access to the "mysql/user"
                                                    // and "mysql/db" tables).
                                                    // The controluser is also
                                                    // used for all relational
                                                    // features (pmadb)
$cfg['Servers'][$i]['auth_type']     = 'config';    // Authentication method (config, http or cookie based)?
$cfg['Servers'][$i]['user']          = 'root';      // MySQL user
$cfg['Servers'][$i]['password']      = '';          // MySQL password (only needed
                                                    // with 'config' auth_type)
$cfg['Servers'][$i]['only_db']       = '';          // If set to a db-name, only
                                                    // this db is displayed in left frame
                                                    // It may also be an array of db-names, where sorting order is relevant.
$cfg['Servers'][$i]['hide_db']       = '';          // Database name to be hidden from listings
$cfg['Servers'][$i]['verbose']       = '';          // Verbose name for this host - leave blank to show the hostname
$cfg['Servers'][$i]['pmadb']         = '';          // Database used for Relation, Bookmark and PDF Features
                                                    // (see scripts/create_tables.sql)
                                                    //   - leave blank for no support
                                                    //     DEFAULT: 'phpmyadmin'
$cfg['Servers'][$i]['bookmarktable'] = '';          // Bookmark table
                                                    //   - leave blank for no bookmark support
                                                    //     DEFAULT: 'pma_bookmark'
$cfg['Servers'][$i]['relation']      = '';          // table to describe the relation between links (see doc)
                                                    //   - leave blank for no relation-links support
                                                    //     DEFAULT: 'pma_relation'
$cfg['Servers'][$i]['table_info']    = '';          // table to describe the display fields
                                                    //   - leave blank for no display fields support
                                                    //     DEFAULT: 'pma_table_info'
$cfg['Servers'][$i]['table_coords']  = '';          // table to describe the tables position for the PDF schema
                                                    //   - leave blank for no PDF schema support
                                                    //     DEFAULT: 'pma_table_coords'
$cfg['Servers'][$i]['pdf_pages']     = '';          // table to describe pages of relationpdf
                                                    //   - leave blank if you don't want to use this
                                                    //     DEFAULT: 'pma_pdf_pages'
$cfg['Servers'][$i]['column_info']   = '';          // table to store column information
                                                    //   - leave blank for no column comments/mime types
                                                    //     DEFAULT: 'pma_column_info'
$cfg['Servers'][$i]['history']       = '';          // table to store SQL history
                                                    //   - leave blank for no SQL query history
                                                    //     DEFAULT: 'pma_history'
$cfg['Servers'][$i]['verbose_check'] = TRUE;        // set to FALSE if you know that your pma_* tables
                                                    // are up to date. This prevents compatibility
                                                    // checks and thereby increases performance.
$cfg['Servers'][$i]['AllowRoot']     = TRUE;        // whether to allow root login
$cfg['Servers'][$i]['AllowDeny']['order']           // Host authentication order, leave blank to not use
                                     = '';
$cfg['Servers'][$i]['AllowDeny']['rules']           // Host authentication rules, leave blank for defaults
                                     = array();
// If you have more than one server configured, you can set $cfg['ServerDefault']
// to any one of them to autoconnect to that server when phpMyAdmin is started,
// or set it to 0 to be given a list of servers without logging in
// If you have only one server configured, $cfg['ServerDefault'] *MUST* be
// set to that server.
$cfg['ServerDefault'] = 1;              // Default server (0 = no default server)
 * Other core phpMyAdmin settings
$cfg['OBGzip']                  = 'auto'; // use GZIP output buffering if possible (TRUE|FALSE|'auto')
$cfg['PersistentConnections']   = FALSE;  // use persistent connections to MySQL database
$cfg['ForceSSL']                = FALSE;  // whether to force using https
$cfg['ExecTimeLimit']           = 300;    // maximum execution time in seconds (0 for no limit)
$cfg['MemoryLimit']             = 0;      // maximum allocated bytes (0 for no limit)
$cfg['SkipLockedTables']        = FALSE;  // mark used tables, make possible to show
                                          // locked tables (since MySQL 3.23.30)
$cfg['ShowSQL']                 = TRUE;   // show SQL queries as run
$cfg['AllowUserDropDatabase']   = FALSE;  // show a 'Drop database' link to normal users
$cfg['Confirm']                 = TRUE;   // confirm 'DROP TABLE' & 'DROP DATABASE'
$cfg['LoginCookieRecall']       = TRUE;   // recall previous login in cookie auth. mode or not
$cfg['LoginCookieValidity']     = 1800;   // validity of cookie login (in seconds)
$cfg['UseDbSearch']             = TRUE;   // whether to enable the "database search" feature
                                          // or not
$cfg['IgnoreMultiSubmitErrors'] = FALSE;  // if set to true, PMA continues computing multiple-statement queries
                                          // even if one of the queries failed
$cfg['VerboseMultiSubmit']      = TRUE;   // if set to true, PMA will show the affected rows of EACH statement on
                                          // multiple-statement queries. See the libraries/import.php file for 
                                          // hardcoded defaults on how many queries a statement may contain!
$cfg['AllowArbitraryServer']    = FALSE;  // allow login to any user entered server in cookie based auth
// Left frame setup
$cfg['LeftFrameLight']        = TRUE;    // use a select-based menu and display only the
                                         // current tables in the left frame.
$cfg['LeftFrameDBTree']       = TRUE;    // turn the select-based light menu into a tree
$cfg['LeftFrameDBSeparator']  = '_';     // the separator to sub-tree the select-based light menu tree
$cfg['LeftFrameTableSeparator']= '__';   // Which string will be used to generate table prefixes
                                         // to split/nest tables into multiple categories
$cfg['LeftFrameTableLevel']   = '1';     // How many sublevels should be displayed when splitting
                                         // up tables by the above Separator
$cfg['ShowTooltip']           = TRUE;    // display table comment as tooltip in left frame
$cfg['ShowTooltipAliasDB']    = FALSE;   // if ShowToolTip is enabled, this defines that table/db comments
$cfg['ShowTooltipAliasTB']    = FALSE;   // are shown (in the left menu and db_details_structure) instead of
                                         // table/db names. Setting ShowTooltipAliasTB to 'nested' will only
                                         // use the Aliases for nested descriptors, not the table itself.
$cfg['LeftDisplayLogo']       = TRUE;   // display logo at top of left frame
$cfg['LeftDisplayServers']    = FALSE;  // display server choice at top of left frame
$cfg['DisplayServersList']    = FALSE;  // server choice as links
// In the main frame, at startup...
$cfg['ShowStats']             = TRUE;   // allow to display statistics and space usage in
                                        // the pages about database details and table
                                        // properties
$cfg['ShowPhpInfo']           = FALSE;  // information" and "change password" links for
$cfg['ShowChgPassword']       = FALSE;  // simple users or not
$cfg['SuggestDBName']         = TRUE;   // suggest a new DB name if possible (false = keep empty)
// In browse mode...
$cfg['ShowBlob']              = FALSE;  // display blob field contents
$cfg['NavigationBarIconic']   = 'both'; // Use icons instead of text for the navigation bar buttons
                                        // and on right panel top menu (server db table) (TRUE|FALSE|'both')
$cfg['ShowAll']               = FALSE;  // allows to display all the rows
$cfg['MaxRows']               = 30;     // maximum number of rows to display
$cfg['Order']                 = 'ASC';  // default for 'ORDER BY' clause (valid
                                        // values are 'ASC', 'DESC' or 'SMART' -ie
                                        // descending order for fields of type
                                        // TIME, DATE, DATETIME & TIMESTAMP,
                                        // ascending order else-)
// In edit mode...
$cfg['ProtectBinary']         = 'blob'; // disallow editing of binary fields
                                        // valid values are:
                                        //   FALSE  allow editing
                                        //   'blob' allow editing except for BLOB fields
                                        //   'all'  disallow editing
$cfg['ShowFunctionFields']    = TRUE;   // Display the function fields in edit/insert mode
$cfg['CharEditing']           = 'input';
                                        // Which editor should be used for CHAR/VARCHAR fields:
                                        //  input - allows limiting of input length
                                        //  textarea - allows newlines in fields
$cfg['InsertRows']            = 2;      // How many rows can be inserted at one time
$cfg['ForeignKeyDropdownOrder'] =       // Sort order for items in a foreign-key dropdown box. 
    array( 'content-id', 'id-content'); // 'content' is the referenced data, 'id' is the key value.
$cfg['ForeignKeyMaxLimit'] = 100;       // A dropdown will be used if fewer items are present
// For the export features...
$cfg['ZipDump']               = TRUE;   // Allow the use of zip/gzip/bzip
$cfg['GZipDump']              = TRUE;   // compression for
$cfg['BZipDump']              = TRUE;   // dump files
$cfg['CompressOnFly']         = TRUE;   // Will compress gzip/bzip2 exports on
                                        // fly without need for much memory.
                                        // If you encounter problems with
                                        // created gzip/bzip2 files disable
                                        // this feature.
// Tabs display settings
$cfg['LightTabs']             = FALSE;  // use graphically less intense menu tabs
$cfg['PropertiesIconic']      = TRUE;   // Use icons instead of text for the table display of a database (TRUE|FALSE|'both')
$cfg['PropertiesNumColumns']  = 1;      // How many columns should be used for table display of a database?
                                        // (a value larger than 1 results in some information being hidden)
$cfg['DefaultTabServer']      = 'main.php';
                                   // Possible values:
                                   // 'main.php' = the welcome page
                                   // (recommended for multiuser setups)
                                   // 'server_databases.php' = list of databases
                                   // 'server_status.php' = runtime information
                                   // 'server_variables.php' = MySQL server variables
                                   // 'server_privileges.php' = user management
                                   // 'server_processlist.php' = process list
$cfg['DefaultTabDatabase']    = 'db_details_structure.php';
                                   // Possible values:
                                   // 'db_details_structure.php' = tables list
                                   // 'db_details.php' = sql form
                                   // 'db_search.php' = search query
                                   // 'db_operations.php' = operations on database
$cfg['DefaultTabTable']       = 'tbl_properties_structure.php';
                                   // Possible values:
                                   // 'tbl_properties_structure.php' = fields list
                                   // 'tbl_properties.php' = sql form
                                   // 'tbl_select.php' = select page
                                   // 'tbl_change.php' = insert row page
                                   // 'sql.php' = browse page
 * Export defaults
$cfg['Export']['format']                    = 'sql';  // sql/latex/excel/csv/xml/xls/htmlexcel/htmlword
$cfg['Export']['compression']               = 'none'; // none/zip/gzip/bzip2
$cfg['Export']['asfile']                    = FALSE;
$cfg['Export']['charset']                   = '';
$cfg['Export']['onserver']                  = FALSE;
$cfg['Export']['onserver_overwrite']        = FALSE;
$cfg['Export']['remember_file_template']    = TRUE;
$cfg['Export']['file_template_table']       = '__TABLE__';
$cfg['Export']['file_template_database']    = '__DB__';
$cfg['Export']['file_template_server']      = '__SERVER__';
$cfg['Export']['htmlexcel_columns']         = FALSE;
$cfg['Export']['htmlexcel_null']            = 'NULL';
$cfg['Export']['htmlword_structure']        = TRUE;
$cfg['Export']['htmlword_data']             = TRUE;
$cfg['Export']['htmlword_columns']          = FALSE;
$cfg['Export']['htmlword_null']             = 'NULL';
$cfg['Export']['xls_columns']               = FALSE;
$cfg['Export']['xls_null']                  = 'NULL';
$cfg['Export']['csv_columns']               = FALSE;
$cfg['Export']['csv_null']                  = 'NULL';
$cfg['Export']['csv_separator']             = ';';
$cfg['Export']['csv_enclosed']              = '&quot;';
$cfg['Export']['csv_escaped']               = '\\';
$cfg['Export']['csv_terminated']            = 'AUTO';
$cfg['Export']['excel_columns']             = FALSE;
$cfg['Export']['excel_null']                = 'NULL';
$cfg['Export']['excel_edition']             = 'win'; // win/mac
$cfg['Export']['latex_structure']           = TRUE;
$cfg['Export']['latex_data']                = TRUE;
$cfg['Export']['latex_columns']             = TRUE;
$cfg['Export']['latex_relation']            = TRUE;
$cfg['Export']['latex_comments']            = TRUE;
$cfg['Export']['latex_mime']                = TRUE;
$cfg['Export']['latex_null']                = '\textit{NULL}';
$cfg['Export']['latex_caption']             = TRUE;
$cfg['Export']['latex_data_label']          = 'tab:__TABLE__-data';
$cfg['Export']['latex_structure_label']     = 'tab:__TABLE__-structure';
$cfg['Export']['sql_structure']             = TRUE;
$cfg['Export']['sql_data']                  = TRUE;
$cfg['Export']['sql_compat']                = 'NONE';
$cfg['Export']['sql_disable_fk']            = FALSE;
$cfg['Export']['sql_use_transaction']       = FALSE;
$cfg['Export']['sql_drop_database']         = FALSE;
$cfg['Export']['sql_drop_table']            = FALSE;
$cfg['Export']['sql_if_not_exists']         = FALSE;
$cfg['Export']['sql_auto_increment']        = TRUE;
$cfg['Export']['sql_backquotes']            = TRUE;
$cfg['Export']['sql_dates']                 = FALSE;
$cfg['Export']['sql_relation']              = FALSE;
$cfg['Export']['sql_columns']               = TRUE;
$cfg['Export']['sql_delayed']               = FALSE;
$cfg['Export']['sql_ignore']                = FALSE;
$cfg['Export']['sql_hex_for_binary']        = TRUE;
$cfg['Export']['sql_type']                  = 'insert'; // insert/update/replace
$cfg['Export']['sql_extended']              = TRUE;
$cfg['Export']['sql_max_query_size']        = 50000;
$cfg['Export']['sql_comments']              = FALSE;
$cfg['Export']['sql_mime']                  = FALSE;
$cfg['Export']['sql_header_comment']        = ''; // \n is replaced by new line
$cfg['Export']['pdf_structure']             = FALSE;
$cfg['Export']['pdf_data']                  = TRUE;
$cfg['Export']['pdf_report_title']          = '';
 * Import defaults
$cfg['Import']['format'] = 'sql';
$cfg['Import']['allow_interrupt'] = TRUE;
$cfg['Import']['skip_queries'] = '0';
$cfg['Import']['csv_replace'] = FALSE;
$cfg['Import']['csv_terminated'] = ';';
$cfg['Import']['csv_enclosed'] = '"';
$cfg['Import']['csv_escaped'] = '\\';
$cfg['Import']['csv_new_line'] = 'auto';
$cfg['Import']['csv_columns'] = '';
$cfg['Import']['ldi_replace'] = FALSE;
$cfg['Import']['ldi_terminated'] = ';';
$cfg['Import']['ldi_enclosed'] = '"';
$cfg['Import']['ldi_escaped'] = '\\';
$cfg['Import']['ldi_new_line'] = 'auto';
$cfg['Import']['ldi_columns'] = '';
$cfg['Import']['ldi_local_option'] = 'auto'; // 'auto' for autodetection, TRUE or FALSE for forcing
 * Link to the official MySQL documentation.
 * Be sure to include no trailing slash on the path.
 * See http://dev.mysql.com/doc/ for more information
 * about MySQL manuals and their types.
$cfg['MySQLManualBase'] = 'http://dev.mysql.com/doc/refman';
 * Type of MySQL documentation:
 *   viewable   - "viewable online", current one used on MySQL website
 *   searchable - "Searchable, with user comments"
 *   chapters   - "HTML, one page per chapter"
 *   chapters_old - "HTML, one page per chapter", format used prior to MySQL 5.0 release
 *   big        - "HTML, all on one page"
 *   old        - old style used in phpMyAdmin 2.3.0 and sooner
 *   none       - do not show documentation links
$cfg['MySQLManualType'] = 'viewable';
 * PDF options
$cfg['PDFPageSizes']        = array('A3', 'A4', 'A5', 'letter', 'legal');
$cfg['PDFDefaultPageSize']  = 'A4';
 * Language and charset conversion settings
// Default language to use, if not browser-defined or user-defined
$cfg['DefaultLang'] = 'en-iso-8859-1';
// Default connection collation (used for MySQL >= 4.1)
$cfg['DefaultConnectionCollation'] = 'utf8_unicode_ci';
// Force: always use this language - must be defined in
//        libraries/select_lang.lib.php
// $cfg['Lang']     = 'en-iso-8859-1';
// Regullar expression to limit listed languages, eg. '^(cs|en)' for Czech and
// English only
$cfg['FilterLanguages'] = '';
// Default charset to use for recoding of MySQL queries, does not take
// any effect when charsets recoding is switched off by
// $cfg['AllowAnywhereRecoding'] or in language file
// (see $cfg['AvailableCharsets'] to possible choices, you can add your own)
$cfg['DefaultCharset'] = 'iso-8859-1';
// Allow charset recoding of MySQL queries, must be also enabled in language
// file to make harder using other language files than unicode.
// Default value is FALSE to avoid problems on servers without the iconv
// extension and where dl() is not supported
$cfg['AllowAnywhereRecoding'] = FALSE;
// You can select here which functions will be used for charset conversion.
// Possible values are:
//      auto   - automatically use available one (first is tested iconv, then
//               recode)
//      iconv  - use iconv or libiconv functions
//      recode - use recode_string function
$cfg['RecodingEngine'] = 'auto';
// Specify some parameters for iconv used in charset conversion. See iconv
// documentation for details:
// http://www.gnu.org/software/libiconv/documentation/libiconv/iconv_open.3.html
$cfg['IconvExtraParams'] = '//TRANSLIT';
// Available charsets for MySQL conversion. currently contains all which could
// be found in lang/* files and few more.
// Charsets will be shown in same order as here listed, so if you frequently
// use some of these move them to the top.
$cfg['AvailableCharsets'] = array(
 * Customization & design
 * The graphical settings are now located in themes/themename/layout.inc.php
$cfg['LeftPointerEnable']   = TRUE;         // enable the left panel pointer
                                            // (used when LeftFrameLight is FALSE)
                                            // see also LeftPointerColor
                                            // in layout.inc.php
$cfg['BrowsePointerEnable'] = TRUE;        // enable the browse pointer
                                            // see also BrowsePointerColor
                                            // in layout.inc.php
$cfg['BrowseMarkerEnable'] = TRUE;         // enable the browse marker
                                            // see also BrowseMarkerColor
                                            // in layout.inc.php
$cfg['TextareaCols']        = 40;           // textarea size (columns) in edit mode
                                            // (this value will be emphasized (*2) for sql
                                            // query textareas and (*1.25) for query window)
$cfg['TextareaRows']        = 7;            // textarea size (rows) in edit mode
$cfg['LongtextDoubleTextarea'] = TRUE;      // double size of textarea size for longtext fields
$cfg['TextareaAutoSelect']  = TRUE;         // autoselect when clicking in the textarea of the querybox
$cfg['CharTextareaCols']    = 40;           // textarea size (columns) for CHAR/VARCHAR
$cfg['CharTextareaRows']    = 2;            // textarea size (rows) for CHAR/VARCHAR
$cfg['CtrlArrowsMoving']    = TRUE;         // Enable Ctrl+Arrows moving between fields when editing?
$cfg['LimitChars']          = 50;           // Max field data length in browse mode for all non-numeric fields
$cfg['ModifyDeleteAtLeft']  = TRUE;         // show edit/delete links on left side of browse
                                            // (or at the top with vertical browse)
$cfg['ModifyDeleteAtRight'] = FALSE;        // show edit/delete links on right side of browse
                                            // (or at the bottom with vertical browse)
$cfg['DefaultDisplay']      = 'horizontal'; // default display direction
                                            // (horizontal|vertical|horizontalflipped)
$cfg['DefaultPropDisplay']  = 'horizontal'; // default display direction for altering/
                                            // creating columns (tbl_properties)
                                            // (horizontal|vertical)
$cfg['HeaderFlipType']      = 'css';        // table-header rotation via faking or css? (css|fake)
                                            // NOTE: CSS only works in IE browsers!
$cfg['ShowBrowseComments']  = TRUE;         // shows stored relation-comments in 'browse' mode.
$cfg['ShowPropertyComments']= TRUE;         // shows stored relation-comments in 'table property' mode.
$cfg['RepeatCells']         = 100;          // repeat header names every X cells? (0 = deactivate)
$cfg['EditInWindow']        = TRUE;         // Set to TRUE if Edit link should open the query to edit in the query window (assuming Javascript is enabled), and to FALSE if we should edit in the right panel 
$cfg['QueryWindowWidth']    = 550;          // Width of Query window
$cfg['QueryWindowHeight']   = 310;          // Height of Query window
$cfg['QueryHistoryDB']      = FALSE;         // Set to TRUE if you want DB-based query history.
                                            // If FALSE, this utilizes JS-routines to display
                                            // query history (lost by window close)
$cfg['QueryWindowDefTab']   = 'sql';        // which tab to display in the querywindow on startup
                                            // (sql|files|history|full)
$cfg['QueryHistoryMax']     = 25;           // When using DB-based query history, how many entries
                                            // should be kept?
$cfg['BrowseMIME']          = TRUE;         // Use MIME-Types (stored in column comments table) for
$cfg['MaxExactCount']       = 20000;        // When approximate count < this, PMA will get exact count for
                                            // table rows.
$cfg['WYSIWYG-PDF']         = TRUE;         // Utilize DHTML/JS capabilities to allow WYSIWYG editing of
                                            // the PDF page editor. Requires an IE6/Mozilla based browser.
$cfg['NaturalOrder']        = TRUE;         // Sort table and database in natural order
// custom-setup by mkkeck: 2004-05-04
//    some specials for new icons and scrollings
// 2004-05-08 rabus: We need to rearrange these variables.
$cfg['ShowHttpHostTitle']   = TRUE;            // show HttpHost in browsers window title (true|false)?
$cfg['SetHttpHostTitle']    = '';              // if ShowHttpHostTitle=true, please set your host (server)
                                             // or an other string, wich should be shown in browsers window title.
                                             // If not set (or empty), the PMA will get your real Host-Adress.
$cfg['ErrorIconic']          = TRUE;    // show some icons for warning, error and information messages (true|false)?
$cfg['MainPageIconic']       = TRUE;    // show icons in list on main page and on menu tabs (true|false)?
$cfg['ReplaceHelpImg']       = TRUE;    // show help button instead of strDocu (true|false)?
// theme manager
$cfg['ThemePath']           = './themes';    // using themes manager please set up here the path to 'themes'
                                             // else leave empty
$cfg['ThemeManager']        = TRUE;          // if you want to use selectable themes and if ThemesPath not empty
                                             // set it to true, else set it to false (default is false);
$cfg['ThemeDefault']        = 'original';         // set up default theme, if ThemePath not empty
                                             // you can set up here an valid path to themes or 'original' for
                                             // the original pma-theme
$cfg['ThemePerServer']      = FALSE;         // allow diferent theme for each configured server
 * Default queries
 * %d will be replaced by the database name.
 * %t will be replaced by the table name.
 * %f will be replaced by a list of field names.
 * (%t and %f only applies to DefaultQueryTable)
$cfg['DefaultQueryTable']    = 'SELECT * FROM %t WHERE 1';
$cfg['DefaultQueryDatabase'] = '';
 * SQL Query box settings
 * These are the links display in all of the SQL Query boxes
$cfg['SQLQuery']['Edit']      = TRUE;       // Edit link to change a query
$cfg['SQLQuery']['Explain']   = TRUE;       // EXPLAIN on SELECT queries
$cfg['SQLQuery']['ShowAsPHP'] = TRUE;       // Wrap a query in PHP
$cfg['SQLQuery']['Validate']  = FALSE;      // Validate a query (see $cfg['SQLValidator'] as well)
$cfg['SQLQuery']['Refresh']   = TRUE;       // Refresh the results page
 * Webserver upload/save/import directories
$cfg['UploadDir']             = '';         // Directory for uploaded files that can be executed by
                                            // phpMyAdmin. For example './upload'. Leave empty for
                                            // no upload directory support. Use %u for username 
                                            // inclusion.
$cfg['SaveDir']               = '';         // Directory where phpMyAdmin can save exported data on
                                            // server. For example './save'. Leave empty for no save
                                            // directory support. Use %u for username inclusion.
$cfg['docSQLDir']             = '';         // Directory for docSQL imports, phpMyAdmin can import
                                            // docSQL files from that directory. For example
                                            // './docSQL'. Leave empty for no docSQL import support.
$cfg['TempDir']               = '';         // Directory where phpMyAdmin can save temporary files.
                                            // This is needed for MS Excel export, see documentation
                                            // how to enable that.
 * Misc. settings
$cfg['GD2Available']          = 'auto';     // Is GD >= 2 available? Set to yes/no/auto. 'auto'
                                            // does autodetection, which is a bit expensive for
                                            // php < 4.3.0, but it is the only safe vay how to
                                            // determine GD version.
 * SQL Parser Settings
$cfg['SQP']['fmtType']      = 'html';       // Pretty-printing style to use on queries (html, text, none)
$cfg['SQP']['fmtInd']       = '1';          // Amount to indent each level (floats ok)
$cfg['SQP']['fmtIndUnit']   = 'em';         // Units for indenting each level (CSS Types - {em,px,pt})
// The graphical settings are now located in themes/themename/layout.inc.php
 * If you wish to use the SQL Validator service, you should be
 * aware of the following:
 * All SQL statements are stored anonymously for statistical purposes.
 * Mimer SQL Validator, Copyright 2002 Upright Database Technology.
 * All rights reserved.
$cfg['SQLValidator']['use']      = FALSE;   // Make the SQL Validator available
$cfg['SQLValidator']['username'] = '';      // If you have a custom username, specify it here (defaults to anonymous)
$cfg['SQLValidator']['password'] = '';      // Password for username
 * Developers ONLY!
 * To use the following, please install the DBG extension from http://dd.cron.ru/dbg/
$cfg['DBG']['enable'] = FALSE;              // Make the DBG stuff available
$cfg['DBG']['profile']['enable'] = FALSE;   // Produce profiling results of PHP
$cfg['DBG']['profile']['threshold'] = 0.5;  // Threshold of long running code to display
                                            // Anything below the threshold is not displayed
 * MySQL settings
// Column types;
// varchar, tinyint, text and date are listed first, based on estimated popularity
$cfg['ColumnTypes'] = array(
// Attributes
// Note: the "ON UPDATE CURRENT_TIMESTAMP" attribute is added dynamically 
// for MySQL >= 4.1.2, in libraries/tbl_properties.inc.php
$cfg['AttributeTypes'] = array(
// Available functions
if ($cfg['ShowFunctionFields']) {
    $cfg['Functions'] = array(
    // Which column types will be mapped to which Group?
    $cfg['RestrictColumnTypes'] = array(
       'VARCHAR'      => 'FUNC_CHAR',
       'TINYINT'      => 'FUNC_NUMBER',
       'TEXT'         => 'FUNC_CHAR',
       'DATE'         => 'FUNC_DATE',
       'SMALLINT'     => 'FUNC_NUMBER',
       'MEDIUMINT'    => 'FUNC_NUMBER',
       'INT'          => 'FUNC_NUMBER',
       'BIGINT'       => 'FUNC_NUMBER',
       'FLOAT'        => 'FUNC_NUMBER',
       'DOUBLE'       => 'FUNC_NUMBER',
       'DECIMAL'      => 'FUNC_NUMBER',
       'DATETIME'     => 'FUNC_DATE',
       'TIMESTAMP'    => 'FUNC_DATE',
       'TIME'         => 'FUNC_DATE',
       'YEAR'         => 'FUNC_DATE',
       'CHAR'         => 'FUNC_CHAR',
       'TINYBLOB'     => 'FUNC_CHAR',
       'TINYTEXT'     => 'FUNC_CHAR',
       'BLOB'         => 'FUNC_CHAR',
       'MEDIUMBLOB'   => 'FUNC_CHAR',
       'MEDIUMTEXT'   => 'FUNC_CHAR',
       'LONGBLOB'     => 'FUNC_CHAR',
       'LONGTEXT'     => 'FUNC_CHAR',
       'ENUM'         => '',
       'SET'          => ''
    // Map above defined groups to any function
    $cfg['RestrictFunctions'] = array(
        'FUNC_CHAR'   => array(
        'FUNC_DATE'   => array(
        'FUNC_NUMBER' => array(
    // Default functions for above defined groups
    $cfg['DefaultFunctions'] = array(
        'FUNC_CHAR'         => '',
        'FUNC_DATE'         => '',
        'FUNC_NUMBER'       => '',
        'first_timestamp'   => 'NOW'
} // end if
// Search operators
$cfg['NumOperators'] = array(
$cfg['TextOperators'] = array(
   'LIKE %...%',
   'NOT LIKE',
$cfg['EnumOperators'] = array(
$cfg['SetOperators'] = array(
   'NOT IN'
$cfg['NullOperators'] = array(
   'IS NULL',
$cfg['UnaryOperators'] = array(
   'IS NULL'     => 1,
   'IS NOT NULL' => 1

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nplib earned 500 total points
ID: 20367580
That doesn't look right.
/* !!! DO NOT EDIT THIS FILE, EDIT config.inc.php INSTEAD !!! */
that tells me it's not the config.inc.php file
can you post that one?
it should be much smaller.


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ID: 20367713
I didn't notice that. It's definitely the config.inc.php file, under \Wamp\apps\phpmyadmin2.10.1, from a default installation.

There is a separate file, config.sample.inc.php, which has only 60 lines. Is there something wrong with the package I downloaded from http://www.wampserver.com/en/download.php?
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ID: 20368280
It might be a specific config.inc.php file for the wampserver implementation of it.
My phpmyadmin config.inc.php is only like 60 some odd lines long, but I complied everything from source.
I don't like package stuff, but that seams to be just me, since most people suggest using wamp and other such complete package products.

any how,
$cfg['Servers'][$i]['auth_type']     = 'config';    // Authentication method (config, http or cookie based)?
$cfg['Servers'][$i]['user']          = 'root';      // MySQL user
$cfg['Servers'][$i]['password']      = '';          // MySQL password (only needed
that is empty,
you said you put your password there, well I see none.
Place password there.

Author Comment

ID: 20369505
I stripped it out, as you suggested.
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Expert Comment

ID: 20369526
I didn't say strip it out,

I said put your password there.
That;s where it belongs.

any how,
$cfg['Servers'][$i]['auth_type']     = 'config';    // Authentication method (config, http or cookie based)?
$cfg['Servers'][$i]['user']          = 'root';      // MySQL user
$cfg['Servers'][$i]['password']      = '';          // MySQL password (only needed
                                         PUT PASSWORD THERE

Author Comment

ID: 20370276
The password is in the file that is on my machine; it is in the correct place. However, as you said "just mask out sensitive information like passwords and such," I stripped the password before posting the code here.
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Expert Comment

ID: 20376412
masking means do something like
$cfg['Servers'][$i]['password']      = 'xxxxx';

removing it entirely, I can't tell if you removed it, if it's default or what.

mask means the samething as wearing a mask, put some over top, not remove entirely.

I suggest, remove entirely, and reinstall.  (Just the phpMyAdmin portion of it.)

Cause I know you say this is the config.inc.php file, but at the top it clearly states that it is not, and that should copy parts of it over and blah blah blah.

At this point, I would reinstall. You said it worked before changing the password, so if you install the phpMyAdmin portion of it only it should ask you for the password during installation and then all should be well.

Author Comment

ID: 20429482
Thanks. I've tried reinstalling, but to no avail. I can only assume the package is faulty.

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