Installing phpMyAdmin gotchas

I recently needed to upgrade phpMyAdmin and ran into the following 2 gotchas.

First I tried to upgrade to 3.x and was getting the following error.

unknown character set ‘utf8’

This was due to the fact that I was trying to connect to a mysql version 4.x so I had to download the latest version compatible with mysql server 4.x which is  2.x

The second gotcha was I set my blowfish secret to 64 characters which caused an error in the apache logs below:

PHP Catchable fatal error:  mcrypt_encrypt()

This was due to the fact that the blowfish secret cannot be longer than 56 characters.

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