first, u have to install  the mysql. :-)
and u have to know your mysql password...
maybe you can try this...

if ($connection) {
   echo "<br>Connection to mysql Good";
   } else {
   echo "<br>Connection to mysql Failed";

hope this can help u.. 

Rio Uniwaly 

----- Original Message ----- 
From: Uma Shankari T. <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote:
> Hello,

>     I have installed php4 rpm in my machine.while connecting php with
> mysql it is giving fatal error.I have given like this
> mysql_connect("$servername","$username","$password");
> Why it is so ..
> Is there any other files i have to install to access the database??????

> Regards,
> Uma

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