A straightforward problem, but one I’ve wasted time on when setting up a D6 LTS site.
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The uncommented example line in default.settings.php is:
$db_url = ‘mysql://username:password@localhost/databasename’;
I spent some time verifying usernames/passwords and adjusting ansible scripts, what I hadn’t noticed was I need mysqli (Mysql Improved – which has been around since way with mysql v4.1.3), not mysql.
So remember to check the connection protocol as well as the credentials.