Problems Installing a localhost (XAMPP) Installion of Joomla 3.x with 2 MySQL servers

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Problems Installing a localhost (XAMPP) Installion of Joomla 3.x with 2 MySQL servers

Post by robatbentley » Wed Jan 10, 2018 3:59 pm

I've been building Joomla sites for a few years but kept it simple with a single instance of XAMPP MySQL server in my localhost development setup. However, I've moved from this to a dual MySQL server config. i.e. My current config is where I have a MySQL server (from Microsoft) for various apps (such as MediaPortal etc) and a seperate MySQL server (from XAMPP) to support my Joomla development installations. I currently have the 2 MySQL servers running, and the XAMPP workaround (details available on request) seems to be working but using port 3308 for the XAMPP MySQL server.

I guess this is not a good setup to go with as it's been somewhat complicated to get to this point, but the main problem I'm now having is that I'm unable to install a new Joomla 3.x localhost site as it complains that it's unable to connect to the MySQL server with
Error Could not connect to the database. Connector returned number: Could not connect to MySQL server.
My problem is that I don't know how to point the Joomla installation to the XAMPP version of MySQL server. I assume that it's pointing to the other server without any configured Joomla database or user.

Is is doable or have I made a complex situation where I should really have stuck with a simple single instance of MySQL server. ...and that reverting back to the single SQL server setup means rebuilding just about everything on my development PC that references a SQL server (such as MP). I guess that I feel that apps like MP should be seperate to mydev environment and not be dependent on it just in case I have to change the MYSQL server sourced from say XAMPP to something else.

I did try configuring XAMPP to point to the MS MySQL server but it complained about expecting a XAMPP reference in the servers path.

In summary, my preferred requirement for a dev setup is for all Joomla dev to reference the XAMPP SQL server, and all other non-dev apps to reference the MS SQL server. I may have to repeat this post in a XAMPP forum to as it could (is?) more related to the XAMPP installation.

Advice appreciated.


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Re: Problems Installing a localhost (XAMPP) Installion of Joomla 3.x with 2 MySQL servers

Post by Prowebdesign » Thu Jan 11, 2018 2:37 pm

Hi robatbentley,

I have been in this situation myself a couple of times after moving my XAMPP installation to another Hard drive or place.
I am guessing you have the same problem as I and might have simply inserted wrong MYSQL username, password or host name.

Please also check if the host name IP address has not changed. It might be causing the issues.

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