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Wordpress has two functions related to SQL queries and their errors as mentioned in What Is The Difference Between suppress_errors() And hide_errors() in $wpdb?

From what I've read setting WP_DEBUG to false in wp-config.php will set hide_errors() so that mySql errors aren't show - but if the site can't connect to the database you'll still error:

WordPress database error: [MySQL server has gone away]`

Without modifying the core file wp-includes/wp-db.php and setting the line ~69 to
var $suppress_errors = true; (which is what I've done for now), how can I set suppress_errors to false without modifying the core?

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