>Case 2. Without any form of auth, I read the text file and do
>        mysql_connect($the_db_host,$the_db_username,$the_db_pass);
>     mysql_select_db($the_db_name);
>     mysql_query("select * from table");
>and the server response is:
>Error 2002: Can't connect to local MySQL server through socket
>'/var/lib/mysql/mysql.sock; (111)

This really is a faq.

Mysql.sock normally lives in /tmp think RH puts it in /var/lib PHP can't 
find it. Might be php.ini looks in /var/lib change it there to match the 
location of you mysql.sock .. also .. check if mysql is running (ps ax | 
grep mysql). If it isn't you can't connect to it.



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