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Occasional Unknown server host; mysqli_connect() [function.mysqli-connect]: (HY000/2005)


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Most of the time my localhost works like a champ but occasionally I  get  ... mysqli_connect() [function.mysqli-connect]: (HY000/2005): Unknown MySQL server host 'localhost' (11001)

On phpfreaks I've searched for "Unknown MySQL server host localhost " and didn't see an answer to this problem

Then I googled and found this http://stackoverflow.com/questions/16580370/mysql-error-2005-unknown-mysql-server-host-localhost11001

However in this file the localhost ip is commented out and windows wont let me edit the file to uncomment it like it's done in the stackflow post.


So, one is this the likely problem ... and if it is how do I edit a file in the Windows folder?


As a note I do go into the file as the administrator using notepad



Edited by floridaflatlander
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Don't know your Windows version, but something like this should do the trick.

Run a "Command Prompt" as Administrator.  (If you can find a shortcut to the Command Prompt, RIGHT-click and choose "Run as Administrator").

The Administrator Command Prompt should put you in the system32 directory, and the prompt should look like this:


At the prompt, type "notepad drivers/etc/hosts", and add the line noted in the S.O. post to your HOSTS file.  Save the file, and then try the command "ping localhost" at the prompt.

Edited by dalecosp
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