phpMyAdmin and PHP 7 issues

Problem with phpMyAdmin and PHP 7.2: “Warning in ./libraries/sql.lib.php#613 count(): Parameter must be an array or an object that implements Countable”

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It’s possible that when you installed phpMyAdmin, the version in the repository (phpMyAdmin v4.6.6) was not fully compatible with PHP 7.2. There is a newer version available on the official website (v4.8 as of writing), which fixes these compatibility issues with PHP 7.2.

This error is caused by a line of code in /usr/share/phpmyadmin/libraries/sql.lib.php.

If you don’t want to wait for the repositories to update with the latest version, you can manually upgrade to the latest version of phpMyAdmin yourself.

Alternatively, you can make a small change to sql.lib.php to fix the error.

Firstly, backup sql.lib.php before editing.

sudo cp /usr/share/phpmyadmin/libraries/sql.lib.php /usr/share/phpmyadmin/libraries/sql.lib.php.bak

Edit sql.lib.php in nano.

sudo nano /usr/share/phpmyadmin/libraries/sql.lib.php

Press CTRL + W and search for (count($analyzed_sql_results['select_expr'] == 1)

Replace it with ((count($analyzed_sql_results['select_expr']) == 1)

Save file and exit. (Press CTRL + X, press Y and then press ENTER)

Note that this is just a temporary fix and other compatibility issues may crop up until you update phpMyAdmin to the latest version.

If you are also getting an error Warning in ./libraries/plugin_interface.lib.php#551 under import and export tabs, see comments below.

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I seem to have errors in phpmyadmin. I get Warning in ./libraries/plugin_interface.lib.php#551 under import and export tabs. I have done above 🙁

Backup plugin_interface.lib.php

sudo cp /usr/share/phpmyadmin/libraries/plugin_interface.lib.php /usr/share/phpmyadmin/libraries/plugin_interface.lib.php.bak

Edit plugin_interface.lib.php

sudo nano /usr/share/phpmyadmin/libraries/plugin_interface.lib.php

Press CTRL + W and search for

if (! is_null($options) && count($options) > 0) {

Replace with

if (! is_null($options)) {

Save file and exit. (Press CTRL + X, press Y and then press ENTER)

I ended up taking a complete back flip. I worked out what i did wrong. I set up the database users incorrectly and wouldn’t connect. I ended up using a raspberry pi instead of laptop. Easier to make backups or repair if it goes down. I have found your posts very handy. thanks

if not found:
if (! is_null($options) && count($options) > 0) {

please search:
if ($options != null && count($options) > 0) {

and …

It works.

Hi, thanks for the article and this comment. When I tried this, the section of the screen is blank. There is nothing in the section that has the import options.

Great! Hopefully the repositories will update with the latest version of phpMyAdmin soon.