If you are using a older version of php connecting to a recent mysql (like os X Server 10.4 has) you will probably need to use the OLD_PASSWORD function in your SQL when creating the user or setting the password.
Normally you might do something like this to set a users password:
mysql> SET PASSWORD FOR root@localhost = PASSWORD('mypassword');
Whereas if you see this message from php:
"Client does not support authentication protocol requested by server; consider upgrading MySQL client"
You will almost certainly need to use the OLD_PASSWORD function to encrypt the password, like this:
SET PASSWORD FOR root@localhost = OLD_PASSWORD('mypassword');
This is documented more in the MySQL Reference Manual (Broken link ~~http://dev.mysql.com/doc/refman/5.0/en/old-client.html~~).
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