How to Fix phpMyAdmin When it Freezes


phpMyAdmin is a great tool, when it works correctly. Unfortunately, sometimes it decides to freeze up when you don't have time to fix the underlying problem.

If you are in a hurry and need to re-establish access to phpMyAdmin, a quick purge and install will get you moving again. You can add the long-term fix to your never-ending list of problems to work on later.

Fix a Frozen phpMyAdmin

This quick fix is for Debian-based Linux installs

Log into the Linux command line on your server that's running phpMyAdmin, and issue the following four commands:

sudo apt-get remove --purge phpmyadmin php-gettext php-mbstring
sudo apt-get autoremove
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install phpmyadmin php-gettext php-mbstring

Done, and done. Good luck.


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