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Test Connection to SQL using PHP

I have this code to test the connection, and I get Failure every time.
1.  Please see if I am missing anything in the PHP codes.
2.  Also, is there a different way to connect to "SQL server" VS "MYSQL"? because I see "mysql_connect" in these code. or it is the same approach for both?


$dbname="DBname";  //the name of the database
$chandle = mysql_connect("localhost", $dbuser, $dbpass) 
    or die("Connection Failure to Database");
echo "Connected to database server<br>";
mysql_select_db($dbname, $chandle) or die ($dbname . " Database not found." . $dbuser);
echo "Database " .  $database . " is selected";


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first are you sure that mysql client modules have been installed?

second, use the code below as it will give you proper errors to screen

$dbname="DBname";  //the name of the database

$link = mysql_connect('localhost', $dbuser, $dbpass);
if (!$link) {
    die('Could not connect: ' . mysql_error());
    echo 'Connected successfully';
    $db_selected = mysql_select_db($dbname, $link);
    if (!$db_selected) {
        die ('Can\'t use foo : ' . mysql_error());
        echo "Database " .  $dbname. " is selected";


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Lukasz ChmielewskiCommented:
What environment do you use ? Apache / IIS + MySQL + PHP?
If you want to be sure the above combination works, install all-in-one package (WAMP / XAMPP),
the code seems to be ok, add this line to the top of the script:
Angha110Author Commented:
Thank you for responding. My error was the database name. Silly error.

Thank you again,
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