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what am I missing?

This is a second attempt to install CA on a newer Mac running Catalina 10.15.5. As with my previous attempt I get:

Version 1.7.8 installer (XML)
Fatal error: Uncaught DatabaseException: No such file or directory in /Users/jac/Sites/app/lib/Db/mysqli.php:139 Stack trace: #0 /Users/jac/Sites/app/lib/Db.php(134): Db_mysqli->connect(Object(Db), Array) #1 /Users/jac/Sites/app/lib/Db.php(108): Db->connect(Array) #2 /Users/jac/Sites/app/lib/ConfigurationCheck.php(103): Db->__construct() #3 /Users/jac/Sites/install/inc/page1.php(44): ConfigurationCheck::performInstall() #4 /Users/jac/Sites/install/index.php(148): require_once('/Users/jac/Site...') #5 {main} thrown in /Users/jac/Sites/app/lib/Db/mysqli.php on line 139

There must be some basic issue like a file not in the correct directory. Other specifications are MySQL 5.7.31 with a new database, dependencies FFmpeg, ImageMagick, and GraphicsMagick installed via Homebrew, PHP 7.3.11, Apache 2.4.41, server running from localhost. What am I missing?


  • Try setting CA_DB_HOST in your setup.php file to

  • Thanks! That seems to have moved things forward. Now there's a PHP ZipArchive that I swore was already installed. Working on that.

  • The installation moved forward to install DarwinCore. Then, at the login step with the provided credentials, this message pops up:
    Issues with your system configuration have been detected
    General installation instructions can be found here. For more specific hints on the existing issues please have a look at the messages below.

    It looks like the CA_URL_ROOT variable in your setup.php is not set correctly. Please try to set it to "". We came up with this suggestion because you accessed this script via "/index.php". Note that paths are case sensitive.

    I found the CA_URL_ROOT in post-setup php. How is this statement to be modified?
    Almost there, thanks!

  • You shouldn't have to modify it, but if you do set it in setup.php, not post-setup.php. Somewhere in setup.php add this:

    define("CA_URL_ROOT", "");

    and see what happens.

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