drush sql-connect produces valid, working MySQL credentials:

mysql --user=drupaluser --password= --database=core_20161101 --host= --port=33067

So does drush status:

Database driver : mysql
Database hostname :
Database port : 33067
Database username : drupaluser
Database name : core_20161101

However drush -d uinf admin and anything else that needs to read the database fails with:

[...] sql-query: SELECT 1; [0.35 sec, 4.88 MB]
[notice] Executing: mysql --defaults-extra-file=/private/tmp/drush_dZeMQb --database=core_20161101 --host= --port=33067 --silent < /private/tmp/drush_Tu2o2g ERROR 1045 (28000): Access denied for user 'root'@'localhost' (using password: YES) Bootstrap to phase 1. [0.37 sec, 4.88 MB]
[bootstrap] Bootstrap to phase 6. [0.54 sec, 6.68 MB]
[bootstrap] Bootstrap to phase 5. [0.54 sec, 6.68 MB]
[bootstrap] Command user-information needs a higher bootstrap level to run - you will need to invoke drush from a more functional Drupal environment to run this command. [0.54 sec, 6.68 MB]
[error] The drush command 'uinf admin' could not be executed. [0.54 sec, 6.68 MB]
[error] Drush was not able to start (bootstrap) the Drupal database. [...]

Note the username is wrong, root@localhost, not [email protected].

Any ideas why it would be switching to the wrong username?

Acquia Dev Desktop 2 (built Sep 5 2016)
PHP 5.5.33 (as set by Dev Desktop)
Drush 8.0.5
Mac OS 10.11.6

  • I think drush is not working properly
    – DarkteK
    Commented Nov 2, 2016 at 3:32

1 Answer 1


You don't happen to have a ~/.my.cnf file (which sets the user to root)? MySQL will read that file after the file specified by --defaults-extra-file, and "If multiple instances of a given option are found, the last instance takes precedence".

  • Thanks - I'd completely forgotten I'd set that up (and had looked everywhere for an answer but not seen anyone mention it…) Commented Nov 2, 2016 at 19:05
  • You just saved me! I was struggling to figure out why drush wasn't working and this was it. It was a leftover my.cnf file was a previous installation of mysql. Commented May 22, 2017 at 21:28

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