Posted on 2011-03-14
Last Modified: 2012-08-14
hi experts,

Im having the following 2 errors when im trying to use the mysql_real_escape_string() function.

mysql_real_escape_string() [<a href='function.mysql-real-escape-string'>function.mysql-real-escape-string</a>]: Can't connect to MySQL server on 'localhost' (10061) in C:\CustomerData\webspaces\webspace_xxxxxxx\wwwroot\\some.php on line 23

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 mysql_real_escape_string() [<a href='function.mysql-real-escape-string'>function.mysql-real-escape-string</a>]: A link to the server could not be established in C:\CustomerData\webspaces\webspace_xxxxxxx\wwwroot\\some.php on line 23

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when im using INSERT INTO without thats function everything is fine.

To connect to the database i use the following code:

mysql_connect("localhost", "my_user", "my_password") or die(mysql_error());
mysql_select_db("my_database") or die(mysql_error());

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Any help in this matter will be highly appreciated.
Question by:raulmonda
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by:Dave Baldwin
Dave Baldwin earned 150 total points
ID: 35131763
You do have to connect to the database before you use mysql_real_escape_string().  It is actually done by the MySQL server.

Author Comment

ID: 35131936
yes, i connect to the database before i use this function.

actually my code is :

$conn = mysql_connect("localhost", "my_user", "my_password") or die(mysql_error());
if (!$conn)
  die('Could not connect: ' . mysql_error());
mysql_select_db("my_database", $conn) or die(mysql_error());


 $sql="INSERT INTO users (name, lastname, email) VALUES ('$name', '$lastname1', '$email')";

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if i replace the line 8 with

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it works fine.

what i did wrong?
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Accepted Solution

Beverley Portlock earned 350 total points
ID: 35132010
Well this


should really be




should really be


(note the ' and ' around name1.)

Other than that I doe not see anything really obvious. On your mysql_query that does the INSERT INTO add a DIE clause for testing

$sql="INSERT INTO users (name, lastname, email) VALUES ('$name', '$lastname1', '$email')";
mysql_query( $sql ) or die("Testing error - " . mysql_error() );

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Author Closing Comment

ID: 35132064
well, thank you both.

My mistake. I used mysql_real_escape_string() BEFORE connecting. Newbie mistake. i just moved the code lines AFTER connecting and it work fine.

Thank you.

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Expert Comment

by:Dave Baldwin
ID: 35132226
Cool, glad you got it working.  Thanks for the points.

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