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too many connections for mysql: beware of shared hosting upsell


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I am taking care of a OSC store. Monday the site was down. The host had shut off the database access without warning. For some reason, the site was maintaining a lot of open MySQL connections. Lots of them that were chewing up resources on the server. The hosting company was telling me that they would not help me, and wanted to transfer me to sales to get a dedicated server. Talk about getting a hustle!


I said no, and my client got further on the phone with the host than I did. I proposed a simple solution, and it worked. At the end of /includes/footer.php, I added one line:




PCONNECT was set to false already in configure.php. Mysql is supposed to exit after the page ends. Maybe sometime it wont. We dont know. You can keep control over this issue, which isnt supposed to happen anyways, by adding that command to the end of your footer script. It fixes everything.

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Thank you for that tip. I'm definitely going to try it. I get that message quite a bit.

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