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Persistent connections are links that do not close when the execution of your script ends. When a persistent connection is requested, PHP checks if there’s already an identical persistent connection (that remained open from earlier) – and if it exists, it uses it. If it does not exist, it creates the link. An ‘identical’ connection is a connection that was opened to the same host, with the same username and the same password (where applicable).

Persistent connections are good if the overhead to create a link to your SQL server is high. Whether or not this overhead is really high depends on many factors. Like, what kind of database it is, whether or not it sits on the same computer on which your web server sits, how loaded the machine the SQL server sits on is and so forth. The bottom line is that if that connection overhead is high, persistent connections help you considerably. They cause the child process to simply connect only once for its entire lifespan, instead of every time it processes a page that requires connecting to the SQL server. This means that for every child that opened a persistent connection will have its own open persistent connection to the server. For example, if you had 20 different child processes that ran a script that made a persistent connection to your SQL server, you’d have 20 different connections to the SQL server, one from each child.

However, that this can have some drawbacks if you are using a database with connection limits that are exceeded by persistent child connections. If your database has a limit of 16 simultaneous connections, and in the course of a busy server session, 17 child threads attempt to connect, one will not be able to. If there are bugs in your scripts which do not allow the connections to shut down (such as infinite loops), the database with only 16 connections may be rapidly swamped.

Persistent connections were designed to have one-to-one mapping to regular connections. That means that you should always be able to replace persistent connections with non-persistent connections, and it won’t change the way your script behaves. It may (and probably will) change the efficiency of the script, but not its behavior!

Methods to open persistent connections in PHP with Mysql

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resource mysql_pconnect ([ string $server = ini_get("mysql.default_host") [, string $username = ini_get("mysql.default_user") [, string $password = ini_get("mysql.default_password") [, int$client_flags = 0 ]]]] )

$resourcelink = mysql_pconnect(‘localhost’,’test’,’test@123′);


The above function will open persistent connection in the connection pool and will be available through out . You cannot close the connect by mysql_close() function .

For more details please refer to the link Persistent Database Connections