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I am unable to access the 'sitename' database (and the corresponding 'users' table) that we are using for the hands-on tutorial for the book. I had been working through the book until the end of Chapter 8, script 8.7, the password module. Here is the error that I get:


Warning: require_once(mysql_connect.php): failed to open stream: No such file or directory in C:\xampp\htdocs\password.php on line 10


Fatal error: require_once(): Failed opening required 'mysql_connect.php' (include_path='.;C:\xampp\php\PEAR') in C:\xampp\htdocs\password.php on line 10



Since I couldn't change any password successfully, I tried to access the database directly from the phpadmin panel to view the records. However, I am not able to question the database directly like I used to before. I am not sure what happened. On the left panel, if I select recent tables, in the drop down list I can see 'sitename','users' but if I select it, everything reverts back to select tables.


One other thing, on the phpadmin, when I check the status of the server, I get the message:


This MySQL server has been running for 4 days, 22 hours, 38 minutes and 13 seconds. It started up on Oct 05, 2012 at 06:55 AM.


Nb. that my view users module (Script 8.4) seem to work very well.


Has anyone experienced this problem before?



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Read the error message, the Fatal error you're getting is not a database error.


Show the code for the require_once( ) statement in password.php


Where is the mysql_script.php script relative to password.php?

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Good evening;


I have just been checking everything - my folder was disorganized. After organizing everything once again, (in the 'change password' menu) it recalls the entry form without a problem. However, I cant update the changes, even though I can see the records in view users. I get the error(s) - in red writing:


The email address and password do not match those on the file. (apparently from line 81 in the code)


I just cant seem to get to the stage where it updates the new password i.e. it isn't going into the IF statement on line 43 (And I don't know how I can display/test the content of IF (empty(errors)) on line 43.


Please help. You maybe able to see something that I am not seeing.


<?php # Script 8.7 - password.php #2

// This page lets a user change their password:


$page_title = 'Change Your Password';



// Check if the form has been submitted:

if (isset($_POST['submitted'])) {


require_once ('../../mysqli_connect.php'); // Connect to the db.


$errors = array(); //Initialize an error array.


// Check for an email address:

if (empty($_POST['email'])) {

$errors[] = 'You forgot to enter your email adress.';

} else {

$e = mysqli_real_escape_string($dbc, trim(stripslashes($_POST['email'])));



// Check for the current password:

if (empty($_POST['pass'])) {

$errors[] = 'You forgot to enter your password.';

} else {

$p = mysqli_real_escape_string($dbc, trim(stripslashes($_POST['pass1'])));



// Check for a password and a match

// against the confirmed password:

if (!empty($_POST['pass1'])) {

if ($_POST['pass1'] != $_POST['pass2']) {

$errors[] = 'You new password did not match the confirmed password.';

} else {

$np = mysqli_real_escape_string($dbc, trim(stripslashes($_POST['pass1'])));


} else {

$errors[] = 'You forgot to enter your new password.';


echo $e; // Testing variables

echo $p; // Testing variables

echo $np; // Testing variables


if (empty($errors)) { // Everything is OK.


// Check that they have entered the right email address/password combination:

$q = "SELECT user_id FROM users WHERE (email='$e' AND pass=SHA1('$p'))";

$r = @mysqli_query($dbc,$q);

$num =@mysqli_num_rows($r);

if ($num == 1) { // Match was made.


//Get the user ID:

$row = msqli_fetch_array($r, MYSQLI_NUM);


// Make the update query:

$q = "UPDATE users SET pass=SHA1('$np') WHERE user_id=$row[0]";

$r = @mysqli_query($dbc,$q);


if (mysqli_affected_rows($dbc) == 1) { // If it ran OK.


// Print a message

echo '<h1>Thank you!</h1>

<p>Your password has been updated. In chapter 11 you will actually be able to log in!</p><p></P>';


} else { // If it did not run OK


// Print a message:

echo '<h1>System Error</h1>

<p class="error">Your password could not be changed due to a system error. We apologize for any inconvenience.</p>';


// Debugging message:

echo '<p>' . mysqli_error($dbc) . '<br /><br />Query: ' . $q . '</p>';




// Include the footer and quit the script (to not show the form).




} else { // Invalid email address/password combination.

echo '<h1>Error!</h1>

<p class="error">The email address and password do not match those on the file.</p>';



} else { // Report the errors.


echo '<h1>Error!</h1>

<p class="error">The following error(s) occurred:<br />';

foreach ($errors as $msg) { // Print each error.

echo " - $msg<br> \n";


echo '</p><p>Please try again.</p><p><br /></p>';


} // End of if (empty($errors)) IF.


mysqli_close($dbc); // Close the database connection.


} // End of the main Submit conditional.


<h1>Change Your Password</h1>

<form action="password.php" method="post">

<p>Email Address: <input type="text" name="email" size="20" maxlength="80" value="<?php if(isset($_POST['email'])) echo $_POST['email']; ?>" /></p>

<p>Current Password: <input type="password" name="pass" size="10" maxlength="20" /></p>

<p>New Password: <input type="password" name="pass1" size="10" maxlength="20" /></p>

<p>Confirm Password: <input type="password" name="pass2" size="10" maxlength="20" /></p>

<p><input type="submit" name="submit" value="register" maxlength="20" /></p>

<input type="hidden" name="submitted" value="TRUE" />





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