Been trying to follow this guide to setting up SQLi


I use Customize Group SQL to set the parameters (host, username, etc.,) and that seems to go fine. I choose the MySQL product, also fine. Then I attempt to start the SQLi session and I get a new buffer with SQL as the name and SQLi[MySQL]:no process in the modeline.

The buffer says: 'emacs': I need something more specific.

Am I doing something wrong?

  • Are you able to access MySQL via the MySQL command line? Then are you able to access MySQL from Emacs by just doing M-x sql-mysql, and insert the user, password, database & server?
    – Nsukami _
    Commented Jan 8, 2015 at 18:07
  • I am able to connect via command line. Can't seem to format properly in this textarea using markdown. I can't connect using the sql-mysql. Has the same error.
    – emlprime
    Commented Jan 8, 2015 at 19:12
  • What OS are you on? For example on Windows I need to customize sql-mysql-options.
    – glucas
    Commented Jan 8, 2015 at 19:28
  • I'm on OSX (Yosemite 10.10.1). I've gotten this to work on Maverick, but not Yosemite. My emacs version is GNU Emacs (x86_64-apple-darwin14.0.0, NS apple-appkit-1343.16) of 2014-12-11. I'll look at sql-mysql-options
    – emlprime
    Commented Jan 8, 2015 at 21:40
  • Interestingly it works from within emacs in a term shell, but not in an eshell. In an eshell it gives me the same error. When I start the eshell I get a bunch of lines of "tput: unknown terminal "emacs"" Maybe that's what it's complaining about.
    – emlprime
    Commented Jan 8, 2015 at 22:08

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I found out that neither root nor my own username works. This is not a bug; it's a (well hidden!) mysql feature.

So I added a new user in mysql with all root privileges, but with a different name from root.

However, that alone didn't fix the problem for me because I also had some code in my init file which called a mysql buffer.

To find and remove that problematic code, I commented out everything in my init file and then uncommented parts of it until I found the problem.

  • sorry: "mysql-part" == "mysql-part of .emacs" (the emacs - startfile) Good luck! Jo
    – user18105
    Commented Jan 7, 2018 at 0:14

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