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Database settings: $wgDBadminuser
Username of database administrator.
Introduced in version:before 1.1.0
Removed in version:still in use
Allowed values:(string)
Default value:null (1.16+)
'wikiadmin' (pre-1.1.0 - 1.15)


Database username that can be used when running maintenance scripts.

Prior to MediaWiki version 1.16, $wgDBadminuser was set in AdminSettings.php .

In newer versions it can still be set along with $wgDBadminpassword in LocalSettings.php , but is optional.

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