ARCHIVED: Troubleshooting common Legacy MySQL for Webserve issues

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The Legacy MySQL for Webserve environment has been discontinued for most users, and will be completely retired July 31, 2018. If you have a Legacy MySQL account, you should migrate your service to the New MySQL for Webserve environment before that date. For more, see Migrate from Legacy to MySQL for Webserve service.
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Correcting common errors

Access denied for user

The error message is similar to:

 Warning: Access denied for user: '' (Using password: YES) in /ip/account/wwws/index.php on line 5

This means that the user, in this case username, does not have the privileges necessary to access the MySQL database from lux (one of several backend webservers).


Grant privileges to the username specified in the error message. Instructions on how to grant privileges can be found at ARCHIVED: Legacy MySQL for Webserve privileges.

Access denied for user: username@localhost

This error may occur when attempting to execute the following command on the MySQL server:

 mysql -u username -p

The access denied error message indicates that username as specified in the command above does not have privileges to access the database.


Grant the username the appropriate privileges. For example:

 mysql> GRANT ALL ON *.* to username@localhost IDENTIFIED BY 'password';

You may specify which privileges are set by replacing ALL with the privileges that should be granted. You may also restrict privileges to a specific database rather than all by substituting *.* with the name of the database/table for which these privileges should apply.

For more about granting privileges and the various options available, see ARCHIVED: Legacy MySQL for Webserve privileges.

Unblock with mysqladmin flush-hosts

The error message is similar to:

Error connecting to MySQL server. Host '' is blocked because of many connection errors. Unblock with 'mysqladmin flush-hosts'


Log into your account on the MySQL server (, and stop and restart your MySQL server. For more, see ARCHIVED: Starting/stopping the MySQL server for your account.

Error 28 from table handler/not enough space

This error message is usually accompanied by a message that indicates a space issue.


While this error message indicates a space issue, there are no disk quota enabled on or Your master configuration file .my.cnf might need to be adjusted to accommodate more temporary tables during queries, etc. For assistance in making changes in your master configuration file, .

Account-related issues

Forgotten port number

Contact Web Services Support for assistance.

Unable to log into with the port number provided

Your web applications use the MySQL port number to access your MySQL server on Webserve. When making an SSH connection, such as with the PuTTY client, a port number (22) is referenced; do not change it. Changing the port number will prevent you from being able to log into your account.

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Last modified on 2018-08-15 09:03:23.

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