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Installation problem..please help fast

  • Hi

    I owe the domain and I started a domain

    Then I set up a MySql database on the URL

    After this I changed the config-sample.php file to config.php and entered the required information in that file.

    Now when I load it shows a 404 error..??

    what did I miss??

    I upload the bbpress files to my root folder

    please help quick…please

    thank you

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  • umm..

    The rigth address is:





    1. Looks like this is the correct URL:

    2. Looks like the database connection details in config.php are incorrect:

    Cannot select DB.

    I am not sure what is wrong with my config.php file..

    this is a test forum which i am not finalising so i created a new database with new password and new user and updated the config.php file with the details…please tell me what is the copying the file here (pwd, akismet key, email have been removed)



    // ** MySQL settings ** //

    define(‘BBDB_NAME’, ‘testforum’); // The name of the database

    define(‘BBDB_USER’, ‘testforum’); // Your MySQL username

    define(‘BBDB_PASSWORD’, ”); // …and password

    define(‘BBDB_HOST’, ‘localhost’); // 99% chance you won’t need to change these last few

    define(‘BBDB_CHARSET’, ‘utf8’); // If you are *upgrading*, and your old config.php does

    define(‘BBDB_COLLATE’, ”); // not have these two contstants in them, DO NOT define them

    // If you are installing for the first time, leave them here

    // Change the prefix if you want to have multiple forums in a single database.

    $bb_table_prefix = ‘bb_’; // Only letters, numbers and underscores please!

    // The full URL of your bbPress install

    $bb->uri = ‘;;

    // What are you going to call me?

    $bb->name = ‘test forum’;

    // This must be set before you run the install script.

    $bb->admin_email = ‘’;

    // Set to true if you want pretty permalinks, set to ‘slugs’ if you want to use slug based pretty permalinks.

    $bb->mod_rewrite = slugs;

    // The number of topics that show on each page.

    $bb->page_topics = 15;

    // A user can edit a post for this many minutes after submitting.

    $bb->edit_lock = 1;

    // Your timezone offset. Example: -7 for Pacific Daylight Time.

    $bb->gmt_offset = 0;

    // Change this to localize bbPress. A corresponding MO file for the

    // chosen language must be installed to bb-includes/languages.

    // For example, install to bb-includes/languages and set BBLANG to ‘de’

    // to enable German language support.

    define(‘BBLANG’, ‘en’);

    // Your Akismet Key. You do not need a key to run bbPress, but if you want to take advantage

    // of Akismet’s powerful spam blocking, you’ll need one. You can get an Akismet key at


    $bb->akismet_key = ”; // Example: ‘0123456789ab’

    // The rest is only useful if you are integrating bbPress with WordPress.

    // If you’re not, just leave it as it is.

    $bb->wp_table_prefix = ”; // WordPress table prefix. Example: ‘wp_’;

    $bb->wp_home = ”; // WordPress – Options->General: Blog address (URL) // Example: ‘;

    $bb->wp_siteurl = ”; // WordPress – Options->General: WordPress address (URL) // Example: ‘;

    /* Stop editing */

    if ( !defined(‘BBPATH’) )

    define(‘BBPATH’, dirname(__FILE__) . ‘/’ );

    require_once( BBPATH . ‘bb-settings.php’ );



    please help me ..



    Posting an edited config will not help in this case. The error you have is because it cannot connect to the database, and the only way for someone to verify that would be to see your database connection details. Are you certain the database name, username, password and host are all absolutely correct? Do you use that same database elsewhere (like for WordPress maybe) where you can verify things are entered exactly the same in both places?

    i use different database for my wordpress blogs and i created new database for my test forum

    database name: testforum

    user: testforum

    password is also correct

    I doubt what I need to enter in host..currently it is localhost and i am using dreamhost to host my account… but i am sure i do not need to enter that in place of localhost..!! :)

    so what could be the problem?

    and in that BBLANG i have written en even though i dont have any MO file..

    confused …please help me



    It is most certainly a problem with the details you have entered for the database. One of the four items is incorrect: that is precisely what the Cannot select DB error is telling you.

    I can help you off list of you would like to contact me (check my profile for a website where you will find contact information.) I will need access to the config.php and your Dreamhost control panel to see the database details.

    problem solved.. :)

    instead of localhost i had to enter the other thing which dreamhost told me …

    but now another problem

    the forum is working fine

    but the slugs arnt??

    what went wrong now??



    Before I got to the bottom I almost knew right off it was dreamhost and a localhost issue.

    Slugs aren’t working because they don’t do multiviews.

    You’ll have to place a real htaccess file into the directory with rewrite rules.



    Or, just turn off permalinks in your config.php:

    $bb->mod_rewrite = false;

    At least at that point, things would work for you.

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