A very strange thing has started happenning with my local WP installs...

I am using latest version of MAMP Pro, and running:

wp core install --url="http://example.local" --title="example" --admin_user="exa-admin" --admin_password="1234567" --admin_email="[email protected]"

Doesn't do anything. the database which is created fine with 'wp db create' remains devoid of tables - empty.

The install command seems to run with no error, but I am lost. I don't get any DB connectivity errors, but obviously when viewing the site it launches the 'famous 5 minute install' as there is no data in the DB.

I have run this thing loads of times in the past with no issue. I don't think it's anything to do with the PHP version, but I am thinking I am missing something obvious.

Are there logs? can I run in verbose mode?

thanks all.

  • and where is wp core config --dbname=$1 --dbuser=root --dbpass=***
    – prosti
    Oct 19, 2016 at 20:19
  • Yes, that's in there too otherwise 'wp db create' wouldn't work. I could show the whole script but don't think it's necessary. thanks Oct 19, 2016 at 20:56
  • but have you created the user in mysql/mariadb?
    – prosti
    Oct 19, 2016 at 20:59
  • Yes. the user is root, and the pass also root. I'm thinking if no user then I would have connectivity issues, but I can still continue with the manual install process - or am I missing something. thanks Oct 19, 2016 at 21:03
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    but what are the privileges of that user? have you checked that?
    – prosti
    Oct 19, 2016 at 21:07

1 Answer 1


Thanks to prosti for pointing me in the right direction... run the following in a terminal:

sudo chown -R whoami:admin /usr/local/bin

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