Troubleshooting Connection for Controluser: How to Fix Configuration Failed Errors

In this guide, we will walk you through the process of troubleshooting and fixing configuration failed errors related to the connection for controluser. This is a common issue faced by developers when working with database management systems like phpMyAdmin.

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Understanding the Issue

The connection for controluser is an essential component that allows phpMyAdmin to access and manage your databases. However, when the configuration fails, you might encounter errors that prevent you from accessing your databases.

Typically, these errors occur due to incorrect configuration settings, inadequate user privileges, or issues with the database server itself.


Before you proceed with this guide, ensure that you have the following:

  1. Access to the server hosting your database and phpMyAdmin installation.
  2. Administrative privileges to modify configuration files and restart services.

Step-by-Step Guide to Fix Configuration Failed Errors

Step 1: Verify Server and Database Connection

First, make sure that your database server is running and accessible. You can use the following command to check the status of your MySQL server:

sudo systemctl status mysql

If the server is not running, start it using:

sudo systemctl start mysql

Next, verify that your phpMyAdmin installation can connect to the database server by checking the configuration file ( Look for the following lines and ensure that the host and port values match your server settings:

$cfg['Servers'][$i]['host'] = 'localhost';
$cfg['Servers'][$i]['port'] = '3306';

Step 2: Check for Correct Controluser Configuration

The controluser configuration is located in the file. Open the file and look for the following lines:

$cfg['Servers'][$i]['controluser'] = 'pma';
$cfg['Servers'][$i]['controlpass'] = 'pmapass';

Make sure that the controluser and controlpass values match the username and password of an existing user in your MySQL server. If you don't have a controluser set up, you can create one using the following SQL commands:

CREATE USER 'pma'@'localhost' IDENTIFIED BY 'pmapass';
GRANT USAGE ON *.* TO 'pma'@'localhost' WITH MAX_QUERIES_PER_HOUR 3000;

After creating the controluser, update the file with the correct credentials.

Step 3: Ensure Proper User Privileges

To fix configuration failed errors, make sure that your controluser has the necessary privileges to access and manage your databases.

You can grant the required privileges using the following SQL commands:

GRANT SELECT, INSERT, UPDATE, DELETE ON phpmyadmin.* TO 'pma'@'localhost';

Replace <your_database> with the name of your database.

Step 4: Restart the Database and Web Server

After making the necessary changes to your configuration file and user privileges, restart your MySQL server and web server (e.g., Apache, Nginx) for the changes to take effect.

For MySQL, use the following command:

sudo systemctl restart mysql

For Apache, use the following command:

sudo systemctl restart apache2

For Nginx, use the following command:

sudo systemctl restart nginx

Now, try accessing your databases through phpMyAdmin. The configuration failed errors should no longer occur.


1. What is a controluser in phpMyAdmin?

A controluser is a special MySQL user account that phpMyAdmin uses to manage databases and perform administrative tasks. This user should have the necessary privileges to access and manage your databases.

2. How do I find my phpMyAdmin configuration file?

The phpMyAdmin configuration file,, is typically located in the root directory of your phpMyAdmin installation. The exact location may vary depending on your server configuration and installation method.

3. How do I create a new user in MySQL?

Use the following SQL command to create a new user in MySQL:

CREATE USER 'newuser'@'localhost' IDENTIFIED BY 'password';

Replace newuser and password with the desired username and password.

4. How do I grant privileges to a user in MySQL?

Use the following SQL command to grant privileges to a user in MySQL:

GRANT ALL PRIVILEGES ON database_name.* TO 'username'@'localhost';

Replace database_name and username with the appropriate values.

5. How can I check which users have privileges on my databases?

Use the following SQL command to check user privileges in MySQL:

SHOW GRANTS FOR 'username'@'localhost';

Replace username with the desired user account.

Here is a comprehensive guide for managing user accounts and privileges in MySQL.

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