I have a general question concerning databases in php.  More specifically,
what is the general consensus on maintaining a connection.  Some of this is
more than likely my ignorance.

My connection stuff goes something like this ...

$db = mysql_connect("localhost", "stuff", "pw") or die("Could Not Connect");
mysql_select_db("stuff",$db) or die("Could Not Select Database");

<<< Other Code Here >>>


It seems very inefficient to open and close a database with each different
page or call to that database.  My question is ... Is there a better way
and, if so, what is it?  I guess I do not quite understand just how long a
connection is maintained.  I hate to write code that doesn't clean up after
itself.  Any suggestions are appreciate.  TIA


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