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Posted by [name withheld] on August 27 2003 10:16pm[Delete] [Edit]

If your forward DNS lookup and reverse DNS lookup don't match, then using hostnames as opposed to IP addr when granting privileges might cause you to scratch your head.

eg: If your client machine is called '' with IP, you might set up grants on your remote MySQL server like this:

grant select on dbname.* to identified by 'somepassword'

But when you try to connect from you find you get the error "Host '' is not allowed to connect to this MySQL server"

This is because a reverse lookup of may in fact return a fully qualified domain name of, ie something *other* than

So stick to granting access by IP, not hostname, unless your forward and reverse lookups match.

Posted by Jan Steinman on October 4 2004 1:31am[Delete] [Edit]

If you use IP aliasing and Apache virtual hosting via PHP to access MySQL, it might seem to make sense to use the hosts table to match databases to IPs. Unfortunately, it seems to be the case that the query comes from the machine's base address, NOT the IP aliase associated with the virtual host.

For example: -- physical base address of httpd host -- IP alias associated with the same physical machine above

When a PHP script in the website associated with opens a MySQL connection, it will have come from the address! This makes host-based accessing fairly useless in this case, unless I'm missing something.

Posted by Duncan Berriman on October 20 2005 10:56am[Delete] [Edit]

If you are experiencing problems due to reverse dns lookup issues define the ip addresses in the hosts file on your database server.

Duncan Berriman

Posted by Thomas Fante on January 3 2006 8:34pm[Delete] [Edit]

On Fedora Core 4 I was having an issue came up after transporting the server to a new location that logins would be very slow, however once the login happened, the server would execute queries at lightning speed. After much toiling for the answer I found that placing "skip-name-resolve" as a line in my.cnf solved the issue. Strangely, this worked even though no user rights in my database were ever assigned with names, only IP addresses.

Posted by Cyril Spiro on February 6 2006 4:51pm[Delete] [Edit]

For those of you who are having trouble with latency in rendering HTTP via DBI to browsers who are within a network when the internet connection to that network is down (ergo DNS server is unavailable), add a user to the mysql.user table with host='192.168.%' (or whichever 1st and 2nd values you use for the internal IP address schema) and then add skip-name-resolve to the [mysqld] section of the /etc/my.cnf file. This way reverse lookups are not performed for browsers within the network which don't need an internet connection. -- Newbies: don't forget the mysqladmin -u root -p flush-privileges at the command prompt and to restart the mysqld service.

Posted by Daniel Brinca on November 9 2006 3:34pm[Delete] [Edit]

If you prefer to use a hostname instead of an ip on your connection string in a script (to be able to change the ip at will), but don't want the overhead of dns lookups, just add it to your /etc/hosts file (in windows: %WINDIR%/system32/drivers/etc/hosts).

For example, add the following to your hosts file (changing the bogus ip to your server's real ip): mysqlserver1

Note: On linux, make sure you have "order: hosts,bind" on your /etc/host.conf file.

On a script, make the mysql connection like so:

mysql_connect ("mysqlserver1""user""pass");

Note: this sample is in php, but it can be any other programming language (just type "ping mysqlserver1" on a prompt, on your server)

And there you have it! If your server ever gets assigned a different ip, just update the hosts file with the new one (every script will work as-is, even if under different hostnames).